* Photo by John Brasseaux.

Date Set for Topsail Whiz AQHA Hall of Fame Induction

Tickets are on sale for the induction ceremony of the class of 2022 for the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, which this year includes the great reining sire Topsail Whiz.

One of the sport of reining’s most successful sires, Topsail Whiz has progeny earnings of more than $13 million. And, daughters of Topsail Whiz have foaled the winners of more than $9.8 million, according to EquiStat.

Topsail Whiz was the first stallion to break the $12 million mark in progeny earnings in the National Reining Horse Association.

The celebration is slated for Sept. 16-17 at the AQHA and American Quarter Horse Foundation Headquarters in Amarillo, Texas. Officials say through a multi-day celebration, rich with events honoring previous and current inductees, the occasion will center on the memories of the people and horses who blazed the trail in our industry and the long-steeped history of the American Quarter Horse.

During this memorable celebration, the American Quarter Horse family will honor inductees in a variety of ways. The event will feature video tributes, inductee exhibits and the opportunity to hear stories from these legends. This weekend allows attendees the chance to reflect on the impact the inductees have had on the American Quarter Horse industry. Those chosen for induction are recognized for their lifetime of accomplishments and service.

Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Six horses and seven AQHA members will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022.

The horses are Big Step, a 1956 sorrel stallion; Corona Cartel, a 1994 bay stallion; Easter King, a 1951 sorrel stallion; Impressive, a 1969 sorrel stallion; Sun Frost, a 1979 palomino stallion; and Topsail Whiz, a 1987 chestnut stallion.

The individuals are the late AQHA Director Emeritus John Andreini of San Mateo, California; James V.A. Carter of Clovis, California; Mary Hopkins of Vicksburg, Mississippi, who was an AQHA judge, trainer and advocate for youth and Equestrians With Disabilities riders; AQHA Past President Sandra Arledge of Encinitas, California; trainer and judge Walter T. Hughes and wife Nancy of Damascus, Maryland, and trainer Jerry Wells of Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Tickets and more information are available at