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In the Past: AQHA Hall of Fame Member Jack Kyle

InthePast JackKyke MissPeponitaChickThe equine world lost a loyal friend and supporter in February 2006, when veteran horseman Jack Kyle passed away at age 80. • Photo by Waltenberry

Born near Brownfield, Texas, Kyle (pictured aboard Miss Peponita Chick at the 1982 American Quarter Horse Association [AQHA] World Show) spent most of his life ranching in New Mexico. Widely recognized in the industry for his trademark black hat and red high-topped boots, Kyle moved to Yukon, Oklahoma, in 1982 to be near his daughter, Jackie Krshka, and her family.

A successful trainer, showman, judge and horse breeder, Kyle was responsible for producing many World and Honor Roll Champions. He received the AQHA Breeder of the Year award in 1998 and was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1999. Among the performance champions he bred was AQHA Champion Skip’N Stage, who sired 1982 AQHA Superhorse Sweet And Innocent.

Through the years, Kyle passed his equine knowledge and traditions along to multiple industry professionals, including Krshka, the 1995 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Limited Open Champion and 2000 AQHA Horsewoman of the Year, and his nephew, Pete Kyle, a veteran trainer and judge and who currently serves as the AQHA executive director of shows and judges.

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