Submit nominations for the Merle Wood Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a person who selflessly promotes positive youth involvement with American Quarter Horses. • QHN File Photo

Merle Wood Humanitarian Award Highlights Youth Supporters

Nominations are being accepted for the American Quarter Horse Foundation Merle Wood Humanitarian Award, an honor that recognizes those who support the industry’s youth.

Established in 1997 in honor of the late AQHA Honorary Vice President Merle Wood, this award is designed to recognize an individual who exemplifies an ethic of meritorious kindness and benevolence in providing opportunities for all young people to be involved with the American Quarter Horse.

Nominations are due May 1.

The Merle Wood Humanitarian Award is presented each year to an individual whose outstanding voluntary service has been marked by actions or deeds that have enabled young people to experience positive opportunities and activities involving the American Quarter Horse. A multitude of service activities will be considered and is not restricted to any one type of action or deed involving youth.

Nominees must distinguish themselves through non-compensated humanitarian endeavors. The award is not designed to honor individuals who have supported youth activities primarily through financial contributions. Previous recipients and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees are not eligible to receive this award. Awards and achievements received through industry showing and/or racing competition are not a factor in the selection process.

To nominate someone for this award and submit an online application, visit