A Day With The Cow Ponies

Well, not quiet a day. How about a morning at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo. This is one item on our Amarillo Bucket List.The museum, which opened in 1991 and was expanded in 2010, receives between 20,000 – 30,000 visitors per year.

The mission of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum is to preserve and interpret the history and modern uses of the American Quarter Horse and cultivate future enthusiasts. The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum houses the living history of the American Quarter Horse. The Hall of Fame showcases the people and horses who shaped and changed the breed and the American Quarter Horse Association.

DSC_0983Upon entering the museum, visitors are greeted by this beautiful statue of a typical American Quarter Horse.

DSC_0981The ground floor of the museum is filled with art and exhibits depicting the life and care of the American Quarter Horse. Also on display, from Ruidoso Downs Race track in New Mexico, is the original 4-horse gate from the straight track where early cow ponies were raced.

The second floor houses a timeline exhibit that showcases artifacts, attire, tack, photos and many more interesting pieces from each inductee’s life. As an example, Robert J. Kleberg, Richard Kleberg and Stephen “Tio” Kleberg (from the King Ranch),  Helen Michaelis (first woman inducted into the hall of fame in 1985), Louis Pearce, Jr. (better known as “Mr. Houston Livestock Show”) are just a few of the many people represented in the exhibit.

The saddle in the following photo belonged to Louis Pearce. It was crafted for the 75th Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo in 2006. It looked as if it was never used.

DSC_0979The museum preserves the history of the American Quarter Horse and highlights the people and horses who had a significant impact on the breed. Thanks to the donors and contributions to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum, entry cost make it affordable for anyone to visit.

Carol pauses for a brief rest as we get ready to leave the museum.

DSC_0976Before we visited the museum, we paused for a selfie at one of the many painted quarter horse statues that are placed around Amarillo and Canyon. This particular statue is owned by the Amarillo Globe News and is called Nay-boring Vistas. We will had a few more of these as we pause along the way.

DSC_0973Tomorrow we are going to the dogs!

Thanks for stopping by – y’all come back now.

 

 

After breakfast we drove through downtown and then headed for this attraction.

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