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Cannon Quarter Horses Recognized by AQHA

A Western performance horse breeder and owner from Texas was recently recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) as one of its two newest Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Cannon Quarter Horses of Waxahachie joined Sneed-Pool Cattle Co. of Amarillo, Texas, as the two newest operations to earn the distinction. The AQHA bestows Ranching Heritage Breeder status on those who embody the longevity, integrity and honesty of the ranching tradition.

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders also are those who breed and raise ranch-type horse, which remains at the core of the AQHA and epitomizes the breed’s versatility.

Cannon Quarter Horses

Operated by Michelle Cannon, the Cannon Quarter Horses Operation has produced the winners of more than $1.7 million since 2013, according to Equi-Stat. They have earned money in multiple disciplines.

Some of the recent headliners from the Cannon Quarter Horses breeding program include AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse World Champion and NRCHA Open Bridle World Champion Shiney Outlaw ($134,740, by Shiners Nickle), NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Champion Sir Long Legs ($392,342, by High Brow Cat) and successful cutting horse Two Time Dual ($192,539, by Dual Rey).

The breeding program also features the influence of millionaire producer Lil Lena Long Legs, a daughter of Smart Little Lena who has so far produced the winners of more than $1.13 million -— a list that includes Cannon-breds Sir Long Legs and Two Time Dual.

Ranching Heritage Breeder Guidlines

According to the AQHA, breeders must meet the following criteria to be recognized and approved as a Ranching Heritage Breeder:

  • They must be an AQHA member, and their remuda must consist of registered American Quarter Horses.
  • Their ranch must own at least five American Quarter Horse mares that are used to produce the remuda, and the ranch must breed and register at least five foals annually.
  • The ranch must have received at least an AQHA 10-year breeder award.
  • The ranch must maintain a remuda for the specific purpose of operating a working cattle ranch.