WCHA Announces 2014 Class of Hall of Fame Inductees

The World Conformation Horse Association will induct two men and two horses into its prestigious Hall of Fame during its annual banquet in November and will add to its list of laurels the Legends category of honorees.

"We are pleased to announce the names of this year's inductees," said World Conformation Horse Association President, Tim Finkenbinder, "Much consideration was given by our selection committee. These men and these horses have served the equine industry in many different ways on their way to making history."

The two men joining the Hall of Fame are Jerry Vawter, Aubrey, Texas, and Larry Sheriff, Sheffield, Iowa. Also joining the Hall of Fame as a Legend is George Tyler, Gainesville, Texas

The horses are a 1973 AQHA Stallion, Te N Te and 1978 AQHA Mare, Emotions.

The World Conformation Horse Hall of Fame is the repository of the conformation segment history of the equine industry. Primarily representing stock horse breeds, inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the World Conformation Horse Association can bestow. The new members of the WCHA Hall of Fame will be inducted on Thursday November 20, 2014 in conjunction with the WCHA Banquet & Fundraiser. This event is held during the AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

George Tyler, or "Mister George," as he was affectionately known by Jerry Wells, Larry Sullivant, Frank Merrill and countless others, knew horses and was linked to some of the greatest in the industry. Tyler bought the best, made it better and then made a profit. He made his first horse trade, in his hometown of Gainesville, Texas, when he was 13. He made $35. Because of his keen eye, Tyler became one of AQHA's most valued judges, and throughout the '40s, '50s and '60s, he officiated shows across the country, where he was variously described as "quick, brilliant," and, "honest and fair about his evaluations." He served as ring steward for the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, for more than 25 years. He also judged the first All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, entirely by himself.Tyler died in 1983 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1998.

Jerry Vawter is a 50-year legacy breeder of the American Quarter Horse and has owned and shown 26 World and National Champions. A former cutting horse trainer, he married his wife Gwen in 1963 and by 1980 they had built their broodmare band to about 45 mares, including Conclusives Lace. Her first foal by Obvious Conclusion, 1988 sorrel stallion was named Kid Clu, who went on to change the face of conformation horses siring 67 world and reserve world champions.

Larry Sheriff has been a familiar face among the American Quarter Horse and American Paint Horse communities since 1967, standing such great stallions as Mr Norfleet, a two time national champion and the sire of 43 World and National Champions, as well as Red Sonny Dee, the lifetime leading Paint Horse sire and sire of 8 World Champions.

Te N Te, by Azure Te (TB) and out of Vila by Leon Bars, was shown by WCHA Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Wells and was the first American Quarter Horse stallion to be syndicated in 1976. Although he only sired three foal crops due to death at the age of seven, Te N Te sired such greats as Dakota Te, World Champion Hunter Under Saddle and Reserve World Champion in Hunter Hack; Sierra Te, a World Champion and Reserve World Champion in Halter and earner of a Superior in Halter and Sonny Go Te, World & Reserve World Champ in Halter.

Emotions, bred by Buddy Brown Jr., an AQHA 50-year Legacy Breeder, turned many a head and probably got the most attention when she and her sire, the Intimidator, both captured Grand Championships at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in 1981. Born in 1978, Emotions would go on to capture World Championships for five consecutive years, first as a weanling and all the way through to 1982 as an aged mare. She was the 1982 High Point Halter and Junior Halter Horse in 1981 and 1982, as well as earned a Superior in 1981.

"We congratulate these new members of the Hall of Fame and thank them for their work in improving our sector of the equine industry," Finkenbinder said.


New Owner/Breeder/Exhibitor Halter Classes Added to AQHA World Show

In addition to the two new Level 1 classes, the World Conformation Horse Association is offering three new WCHA owner-breeder-exhibitor conformation halter classes at the AQHA World Championship Show this year. The winners of these classes will be recognized as WCHA world champions.

"We are pleased to announce that WCHA and AQHA have joined to make these classes possible," said WCHA President Tim Finkenbinder. "Much time and effort has been spent by both WCHA and AQHA to help grow and improve the halter horse industry, and we think the owner-breeder is a significant contributor to the growth of the industry and the breed registry's success, worthy of significant recognition."

The three classes offered will be owner-breeder-exhibitor weanling geldings on Thursday, November 20; weanling colts on Friday, November 21; and weanling fillies on Saturday, November 22. The deadline to enter any of the OBE classes is Monday, September 15.

Any offspring that are AQHA registered and sired by 2014 WCHA Futurity-enrolled stallions will be eligible to enter. The cost to enter one of the OBE classes is $500.

"The WCHA, in conjunction with AQHA, first initiated the OBE classes in 2013 at the WCHA Breeder's Championship Futurity, to reward the breeders for their efforts and investment. The classes were an overwhelming success," said WCHA Futurity Chairman and AQHA Professional Horseman Luke Castle.

Please visit the Breeder Futurity Page for a current list of WCHA-eligible sires and see below for the guidelines for eligibility.

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Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity

The inaugural Lynn Simons Memorial Halter Futurity will be held in conjunction with the World Wide Paint Horse Congress in Tulsa, OK. This is event is sanctioned by the WCHA.
Show Date: August 2, 2014

Classes Offered: APHA Regular & Solid Paint Bred are eligible to show
Non Pro Yearling Mares (Youth & Amateurs eligible to show)
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Why did the WCHA get started in the first place?
That is perhaps the most exciting thing about the movement. Owners, breeders and trainers all agreed that creating an organization with a unified voice was critical to the future of the industry. A diminishing market certainly served as catalyst for the first meeting in May 2007, but the result was a focus on the bigger picture of organizing a segment of the horse industry among the first seen in competition.

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The founders of the WCHA recognize that conformation is a crucial element to the soundness and athletic ability of the horse, regardless of the discipline in which it might be involved. While the WCHA will develop and promote halter horse competition, its primary mission will be to educate the public about the value of and how to recognize good conformation in the horse.

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