QUARTER HORSE HALL OF FAME & MUSEUM
a brief moment as you drive along Interstate 40 across the Texas Panhandle
in Amarillo, it seems that wild horses are racing along with
you. It is an illusion, and the horse aren’t wild mustangs but,
an illustration on the wall of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
Outside the front door you’ll discover beautiful bronze statues
of famous horse. Inside you’ll have a chance to experience a piece
of the west and a place for horse lovers of all ages to learn more about
the breed which has carried cowboys across the range, wrangled rodeos
and raced into legend.
The American Quarter Horse Association was first formed in 1940 dedicated to the preservation, advancement and record-keeping of the breed. The idea of a hall of fame began with the first human inductee in 1982 and the first horse in 1989. An exhibition space was first built in 1991 as the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center, renovated and renamed with additional exhibits in 2007. Step in to the Grand Hall and the towering high stone parquet walls like a canyon or perhaps more a temple, an equine Valhalla, with the bronze inlay of the proud Quarter Horse at the end seems hushed and solemn as a house of worship. A wall lined with horseman, the Grand Hall showcases the legends of American Quarter Horse history, featuring the people who have paved the way for the breed, and the horses that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Look to the floor and follow the ancestral bloodlines of the breed to its earliest progenators.
Entering the museum beyond the hall, the “Stables” educational gallery offers a varity of interactive exhibits about all things horses. Educational for kids and adults. Look “inside” the inner workings of a horse with the x-ray exhibit, discover the inside of a replica working stable, explore the difference between the English riding style and Western to decide, cowboy or derby, by sitting astride a choice of saddle. Check out the horse Docf and the talking horse. Follow the historical timeline of the quarter horse hall of fame, through interactive exhibits of all things horses. Glass cases house artifacts, clothing, saddles and tack, as well as photos and interesting pieces of history of the hall’s more famous inductees. Check out the real Chuck Wagon in a place of honor. The Champions Gallery, an intimate theater, features a multimedia presentation of the American Quarter Horse World Championship Show and Horse Racing action that made for champions. The Kenneth Banks Theater and Club Room displays artwork of the broad variety of American Quarter Horses with many paintings by well-known western artist Orren Mixer.
Visiting the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum
The Hall of Fame and Museum is located on I40 in Amarillo at Quarter Horse Drive (exit 72a). Open hours are Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors (age 55 and up), $2 for Youth (6-18) and Chindren under 5 and association members free. The Quarter Horse Outfitters gift shop offers a wide variety of horse and western themed souvenirs and clothing. © Bargain Travel West
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