American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum is one of the most impressive attractions in Amarillo for horse lovers. This museum details the history of the American Quarter Horse. This famous horse breed has an exciting and curious history that may surprise you. Even if you think you already know everything about Quarter Horses, the museum is worth a visit. The museum also boasts a collection of Western Art and a gift shop full of the perfect gifts for the horse lover in your life. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. It is closed Sundays, Mondays, and Holidays. Museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for kids. Just down the street is the Palo Duro Trading Company; pop in for a quick look or spend some time browsing this great Native American arts and crafts store.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum showcases the colorful history and modern activities of the world’s most popular breed of horse and the people who have played a major role in its history. Changing, one-of-a-kind exhibits are on display year-round. Don’t miss the gift shop inside the Hall of Fame & Museum for all sorts of items for the horse lover. They even have a gallery featuring western art. The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum was created by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), based in Amarillo, Texas. Ground breaking construction of the Hall of Fame Museum began in 1989. The distinction is earned by people and horses who have contributed to the growth of the American Quarter Horse and “have been outstanding over a period of years in a variety of categories”. In 1982, Bob Denhardt and Ernest Browning were the first individuals to receive the honor of being inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame. In 1989, Wimpy P-1, King P-234, Leo and Three Bars were the first horses inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum features photographs of honorees and paintings of American Quarter Horses famous in the bloodlines of current champions. Many of the paintings are by the western artist Orren Mixer. There are interactive exhibits about horse anatomy, horse riding and disciplines of the American Quarter Horse. Other displays include artifacts, riding and cowboy attire, tack, photos and ribbons and memorabilia about inductees. To be considered by the Hall of Fame, anyone may nominate either people or horses to be considered. Nominations from the membership are due by November 1. They are then screened and sent to the Hall of Fame committee which meets in the following March. Nominations stay active for three years, then must sit out for three years before being considered again. People being considered may be alive or deceased, but horses must be deceased.