The late Floyd Moore, known for breeding horses of the Delta line - including 1986 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion, Delta Flyer (pictured with Kenny Patterson) -- will be inducted into the APHA Hall of Fame. • Photo by Pat Hall.

Paint Cutting Horse Breeder Floyd Moore Passes

Famed cutting horse Paint breeder Floyd Moore, of Huntsville, Texas, died following complications of a long illness.

Moore, who owned 6-J Paint Horses, was best known for nurturing the bloodline of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals Open Champion Delta (PT). Inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame in 1977, the 1963 black tobiano mare was the dam of foals that earned $348,859. Her leading earner is 1986 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Delta Flyer ($260,213, by Peppy San Badger). Like his dam, Delta Flyer is in the APHA Hall of Fame.

With more than 35 years of breeding under his belt, Floyd left his mark on APHA, producing more than 1,300 registered Paints. APHA Executive Director Billy Smith spoke with Floyd before his death and was able to deliver some special news to Floyd.6

“Before Floyd passed, we were able to let him know that the Hall of Fame Committee had recommended the induction of him and his wife, Maryann, into the 2018 APHA Hall of Fame class; he was very happy,” Smith told the Paint Horse Journal. “They will be inducted at the 2019 APHA Convention.”

In all, 6-J Paint Horses bred the earners of $344,412 and owned the winners of $438,839, according to Equi-Stat.

Floyd and Maryann were longtime supporters of the American Paint Horse Foundation. For many years, they donated a yearling raffled off in support of the foundation’s scholarship mission.

In lieu of flowers, the Moore family has requested donations be made to the American Paint Horse Foundation’s Youth Scholarship Fund in Floyd’s memory. To learn more, contact Smith at [email protected] or donate online at

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