“The work of the American Horse Council is crucial to the future of the equine industry,” said Blodgett. “The AQHA has been actively involved with the American Horse Council since its formation in 1969, and together we’ve made a considerable impact when it comes to equine matters in Washington. I am honored to serve as an AHC trustee and continue our work to ensure the horse industry is represented properly. I look forward to working with others in the industry to make sure the wellbeing of all horses and horsemen remains a priority.”
Blodgett became an AQHA director in 1991, and in 2011, he elevated to director-at-large. Blodgett served on the AQHA stud book and registration committee and as its chairman. He also served on the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame selection committee, as well as the American Quarter Horse foundation, AQHA ranching, and marketing and membership councils.
Blodgett received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University, and has since been recognized as an outstanding alumnus by both universities.
In 1982, Blodgett became the resident veterinarian and manager of the horse division at the Four Sixes Ranch. In his tenure at the Four Sixes, which is located near Guthrie, Texas, the ranch has become an all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses, and in 1993, won the AQHA Best Remuda Award. In addition to its cattle, the horse operation raises racing, performance and ranch horses. Blodgett is the recipient of the 2011 AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award.
“The AHC is very pleased to have Dr. Blodgett join the AHC board. His horse and livestock experience will be invaluable. He also brings a ranching and western background that will be very helpful,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.
Blodgett and his wife, Karen, have two daughters: Buffie Guynes, who lives with husband Michael and daughters Catherine, Rebecca and Clair in Keller, Texas; and Brandie Mustian, who lives with husband Mike, son Maddox and daughter Myla in Weatherford, Texas.