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Hats Off!

AQHA honors 50-Year Legacy Breeders

Ken and Betty Williamson

 

January 2013 issue  

     Ken and Betty Williamson, of Williamson Quarter Horses in Emmett , Idaho , have received the American Quarter Horse Association Legacy 50-Year Breeder Award.

     Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years. The Williamson's were honored, along with fifteen other honorees, in a ceremony held on October 2, 2012, at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas.

 

     Betty Williamson explained that the breeding operation really began 52 years ago, with Ken’s parents, and that it has been a great honor to continue their vision of breeding Quarter Horses with great conformation.

     “If you have good conformation and balance, a horse will hold up to do whatever you need to do,” she says.  

 

Ken Williamson with one of their mares, Dun To Impress Ya, after a show.

     Their mares now are granddaughters of their foundation sire, Diamond Sundance, a palomino stallion with AQHA Hall of Fame stallion Blondys Dude on both sides, who lived his entire 32 years with them until his death in 2003.

     Ken’s passion is showing in halter classes, and his horses have earned multiple ROMs, World and Reserve World championships. Betty says that horses they have bred have also competed successfully in Western Pleasure, Barrels, All-Around and Team Roping and they have been World Show qualifiers.

     Ken and Betty work together with a hands-on ethic at their breeding operation, and are proud to have stuck it out and to have bred better and better horses even when times are bad.

     “We take a tremendous amount of pride in our horses and their welfare, and have always made sacrifices to take care of them,” they say.

     Betty says that their biggest accomplishment is having buyers of their horses tell them years later, “That was the best horse I ever had.”  

     

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