ARIZONA QUARTER HORSE RACING HALL OF FAME
On February 29th, 2000 the AQRA inducted 18 members into their
hall of fame, along with eight world champion horses from Arizona.
This is something that the AQRA board felt was overdue. The Arizona
Quarter Racing Assocation would like to honor its members and their
great Arizona horses for their accomplishments.
The hall of fame was a dream of 2000 AQRA President, James Kelly.
It was one of the things initiated by his presidency. The AQRA woud
like to express our thanks for his support and hard work in making
this a reality.
|THE INAGURAL INDUCTEES:
3. HEZA FASTMAN
4. JOE REED II
6. PIGGIN STRING
7. RUKIN STRING
|1. DALE ALLRED
2. HARVEY ALLRED
4. JOE BADILLA, JR.
5. BOB BAFFERT
7. JOHN BASSETT
8. FRANK FIGUEROA
10. RULON GOODMAN
11. MACK HASTINGS
12. RUKIN JELKS
13. ROBERT KIECKHEFER
15. OWEN MCDANIEL
16. JOHN ODLE
18. DALE SMITH
THE FIRST INDUCTION CEREMONY
MARCH 23, 2000
was a very important date for nine members of the Arizona Quarter
Racing Association. This is the date they were inducted into the
"ARIZONA QUARTER HORSE RACING HALL OF FAME". At the historic Allred
Brothers Ranch in Mesa, Dale, Harvey, and Jerry Allred, Joe and John
Bassett, Roman Figureoa, Mack Hastings, Robert Kieckhefer, and Dale
Smith were the first to be induced and were honored by family and
The weather could not have been better for the oustide afternoon
event. Once you turned off the busy Southern Avenue in downtown Mesa
and started doen the long dirt road back to the heart of the Allred
Brothers' operation, you could actually imagine you were on a
beautiful ranch in the foothills instead of right off the hustle and
bustle of the big city streets. As you drove down the road,
you could see the training track on the right, and behind one of the
three residents on the ranch, was the office nestled in the center
of the hay barn, shedrow, and paddocks with mares and babies as far
as the eye could see. This was the setting for the afternoon
activities, and no amount of fancy words can describe it perfectly.
But that's what it was - "PERFECT".
THESE,THE FIRST INDUCTEES INTO THE RACING HALL OF FAME AND A
HEARTFELT THANKS TO THE ALLRED BROTHERS AND THEIR WIVES FOR BEING A
MOST GRACIOUS HOST.
THE SECOND OF THE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
was held SUNDAY MAY 7, after the Desert Classic
Futurity Finals in Sonoita. It was hosted by the Santa Cruz County
Fair and Rodeo Assocation, and AQRA President, James Kelly.
Dinner was catered by Cafe Sonoita. The food was authentic Mexian
and scrumptious! There was an open bar, and over 200 friends and
family of the inductees enjoyed a casual and very enjoyable evening.
THE INDUCTEES WERE:
ART POLLARD, OWEN
MCDANIEL, FRANK FIGUEROA, RULAN GOODMAN AND RUKIN JELKS
the two weeks of racing at Sonoita was once again in the history
books, new history was being made as the main hall at the
fairgrounds was transformed into a banquet room for the evening's
activities. The finalist of the inaugural Desert Classic Futurity
were also invited to honor these inductees.
As the people
arrived it was plain to see that the scene was to be one of
remembrance of days gone by by the stores and tales they exchanged.
This would be a tribute to these fine men. This would be a night to
be honored and remembered by family and friends. It was a wonderful
evening of testimony and praise for a few men who have gone down in
our history books as the pioneers of our great sport "RACING
AMERICAN QUARTER HORSES"
Thanks to the Santa Cruz County Fair
and Rodes Association and their director, Pat Kelly, for hosting
this night to remember for all who attended.
THE THIRD INDUCTION CEREMONY
was MAY 21 OF
2000 at Kingman Arizona. Long time resident, JOHN ODLE was honored
by his friend and AQRA Past Preseidnt, Tom Bartol. It was between
races in th ewinners circle that he had frequented in his long
racing career. Also on hand to honor the man and occassion was John
Ward, AQHA Field Representative, Loretta Brasher, AQRA Executive
Director, Jim Bryan, AQRA Vice President, and current President,
TWO MEN WERE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF
MARK T BARS
COOL PAPA BELL
The inductees were honored at the annual awards banquet at
Rillito Park. What a great place to honor Arizona Racing history, as
this is where Quarter Horse racing began in the state of Arizona.
Family and friends were on hand to honor WAYNE BRASHER and 'DINK'
SEVEN MEN AND WOMEN
WERE INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME
DALE (DOC) SHIRLEY
TOMMY R. OR GERTRUDE WALKER
AND FOUR HORSES
MADDENS BRIGHT EYES
2003 HALL OF FAME INSDUCTEES ARE
MANNY FIGUEROA, SR.
THREE OHS WILD
2004 HALL OF FAME
PIES ROYAL REQUEST
2006 HALL OF FAME
2007 HALL OF FAME
MIKE HASTINGS, JR.
2009 HALL OF FAME
Rillito Race Track
2010 HALL OF FAME
2011 HALLOF FAME
2012 HALL OF FAME
James Kelly aka Double JK
2013 HALL OF FAME
If you know someone or a great horse worthy of
being inducted into the Hall of Fame, submit the information to the
AQRA by August of each year.
Arizona Quarter Racing Association
P.O. Box 1316 Thatcher, AZ
Office Phone- 602-625-0468
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