Smart Chic Olena is one of the many Western performance horses in the AQHA Hall of Fame. The association is currently seeking nominations for its next class. • Photo by John Brasseaux.

AQHA Hall of Fame Seeking Inductees for 2022

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame – home to many a great Western performance champion – is seeking nominations for its newest class of inductees.

Recent inductees from the Western performance horse industry include breeder and owner Hans Hansma as well as Equi-Stat Elite $14 Million Sire Smart Chic Olena, and veterinarian Dr. Tom Lentz.

AQHA Hall of Fame Criteria

Equine inductees to the AQHA Hall of Fame must have been outstanding over the years as a sire, dam or competitor — or, they must have brought exceptional visibility to the breed. They must be deceased.

Human inductees must have been outstanding as a breeder, competitor or contributor to the breed. If the AQHA existed during their contributions, they must have been a member of the organization. Unlike horses, humans may be inducted into the Hall of Fame while they are still alive.

How to Nominate

Officials say that when nominating, it is important that as much pertinent information as possible be included about each person or horse: Personal knowledge of the nominee’s related background, activities and accomplishments are essential for an effective review.

They say personal letters from acquaintances or connections supporting the nomination can be a factor when selecting the inductees.

Click here for nomination forms.

Deadline to nominate is Nov. 1.