Located in Amarillo and created for the most popular horse on the planet, the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest equestrian membership organization and breed registry in the world.
The association operates the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, also in Amarillo, that pays tribute the horse and human inductees to the Hall of Fame. Inductees are honored every year at the AQHA Convention, usually held in March.
Attention-commanding statues of some of the greatest American Quarter Horses in history welcome visitors to the museum. The Wall of Honor greets visitors from two distinctive perspectives: a light sculpture displays a herd of running quarter horses from the east; and engraved bricks cut from granite pay homage to the famous people and horses of the west.
The Grand Hall displays horses and people with soaring columns built of natural rock with horse lineages intricately engraved in the floor.
The Joni Hegel Education Gallery provides a hands-on learning experience of the joys of horse ownership for kids of all ages. You can enjoy the show of “Two Bits” the horse making a visit to the veterinarian’s office. Here, you will learn all about the American Quarter Horse’s unique physiology that makes him the fastest breed of horse in the world over a quarter mile.
From workhorse to racehorse to show horse, at the Ken & Laina Banks Theater you will see the entire history of the American Quarter Horse told in a 10-minute film and learn about the breed’s roles in today’s society. You can journey back through the history of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and learn the role each hall inductee had in the promotion and preservation of the breed.
The Champions’ Gallery state-of-the-art multimedia room displays a timeline exhibit of quarter-horse championship shows and races.
The Reading Room, available to museum visitors upon request, is an elegant and tranquil setting where you can sit in an old-time western atmosphere while enjoying the rich history of the horses and those who devoted their lives to making them great.