Montana Rancher, Texas A&M Professor Elected To AQHA Executive Committee

A long-time Montana rancher and the coordinator of Texas A&M University’s Equine Initiative were recently elected onto the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Executive Committee.

Committee members were elected last week during the annual AQHA Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. They will meet quarterly at AQHA headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, so conduct business and consider disciplinary matters.

The committee consists of a president, first vice president, second vice president and two additional members. Members serve one-year terms.

The 2018-19 AQHA Executive Committee members:

President Dr. Jim Heird

Heird was an AQHA director for Colorado in 2009 and became a director for Texas in 2011. He has served on the association’s judges, international and show committees, and on the show council and AQHA Animal Welfare Commission.

Heird, executive professor and coordinator of the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M University, currently serves as the Executive Committee representative on the American Quarter Horse Foundation Council.

He was an AQHA judge from 1977 to 2018 and has judged 13 AQHA World Championship shows, multiple international championships and two National Reining Horse Association futurities.

He also holds the Dr. Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair at Texas A&M. Dr. Heird served on the executive committee of the National Western Stock Show and is an ex-officio director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. He currently serves as director of the National Advisory Board of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.

First Vice President Stan Weaver

Weaver, of Big Sandy, Montana, is a long-time Quarter Horse breeder and cattleman who, along with his wife, Nancy, have registered more than 1,600 foals in the past 30 years. Instrumental in developing the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program, Weaver started the production sale for his own ranch – Weaver Quarter Horses – in 1996.

He has been an AQHA director since 2011. He is a former member of the studbook and registration, public policy, and Hall of Fame selection committees; Foundation, marketing and ranching councils; and served as chairman of the ranching council. He was also instrumental in developing the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program.

Weaver has shown his own horses in cutting, reined cow horse and working cow horse. As a rider, he has compiled an Equi-Stat record of $10,046. He and Nancy owned horses with nearly $60,000 in earnings and bred the winners of more than $125,000.

Second Vice President Butch Wise

Wise of El Reno, Oklahoma, was named an honorary AQHA vice president in 2015 after serving as an AQHA director from 2001 to 2015.

He currently serves as the Executive Committee representative on the AQHA Racing Council. Wise is a former member of the studbook and registration, nominations and credentials, and racing committees, and the racing council. He was the chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee from 2013 to 2015 and also served as chairman of the racing council. In 2014, he was a member of the AQHA Governance Task Force.

Wise owns Stone Chase Stables LLC and is the bloodstock agent and president of Wise Sales Co. Inc. He is the manager of the Lazy E Ranch LLC in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Member Norman Luba 

Luba of Louisville, Kentucky, has been an AQHA life member since 1995 and an AQHA director since 2011. He has served on the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee, where he served as chairman; AQHA Public Policy Committee; and served as chairman of the AQHA Affiliate Advisory Board.

The former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Council, Luba is currently the executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council, president of the Equine Breeding Research and Development Council, and the treasurer of the Animal Welfare Council Inc. He also serves as chairman of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Dean’s Equine Advisory Board.

Luba is an avid competitor with numerous qualifications in trail for the AQHA Select World Championship Show and AQHA World Championship Show, as well as a Superior trail horse achievement.

Member Dr. Scott Myers

Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio, has been an AQHA life member since 1993 and an AQHA director since 2011. He currently serves on the nominations and credentials committee and is the committee’s current chairman. Dr. Myers is a former member of the AQHA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, American Quarter Horse Foundation Council and AQHA Equine Research Committee.

A licensed veterinarian since 1985, Dr. Myers owns and manages Hunting Ridge Animal Hospital and Ridgewood Stables. He has been the CEO for the Ohio Quarter Horse Association since 2012. Myers is currently an NSBA national director and member of the NSBA animal welfare and grievance committees. He is also a past president of the Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association and Ohio Quarter Horse Association.

Dr. Myers is an AQHA 10-year cumulative breeder and an avid hunter-jumper, with world championships and top-10 finishes at the AQHA Select World Championship Show and several top-10 finishes at the AQHA World Championship Show. He has earned numerous Superiors and AQHA Performance Champion titles.

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