The 2018 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is located in Jacksonville, Florida. Each year, the American Quarter Horse Association chooses several horses to induct into the Hall of Fame; induction is considered to be the highest possible honor within the Association. This year, four horses were inducted: Otoe, Runaway Winner, The Ole Man, and Smart Chic Olena. Below, we have provided brief profiles for each of these impressive horses.
Otoe—Otoe was bred by Bud Warren and purchased in El Paso Texas for $20,000 as a yearling. The stallion has succeeded in nearly every activity; he won five of thirteen races, finishing second or third in another five and off-board just twice. As a halter horse, he won 20 out of 23 classes and was an AQHA world champion halter in 1962.
Runaway Winner—This horse is the all-tie-leading Thoroughbred sire of racing American Quarter Horses. Born in 1985, Runaway Winner earned his place at the AQHA Hall of Fame because of his exceptional racing and impressive fouls. Runaway Winner’s daughters have been represented by 79 stakes winners; he is the 11th all-time-leading broodmare sire.
The Ole Man—The Ole Man was, arguably, the most influential all-around Thoroughbred sire in Quarter Horse history. He won 8 of 33 races, finished second or third in 11 others, and earned over $21,000 at seven tracks in two racing seasons.
Smart Chic Olena—This stallion was foaled in 1985 in Frisco, Texas. Trained as a cutter, he experienced (and excelled in) both cutting and reining. His athleticism allowed him to become a bloodline staple in National Reining Horse Association competitions. He sired 11 open world champions, four amateur world champions, and two youth world champions in reining.