American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum

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I had a chance a couple of weeks ago to stop in at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo, TX. If you are ever in the neighborhood and have a spare couple of hours, it’s worth the stop.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I entered the building, but you are immediately presented with a beautiful display hall that branches off in all directions. What really moved me was the floor. Engraved into the floor, probably covering an area roughly 100×30 feet, is the lineage of the American Quarter Horse from the first identifiable quarter horse down through several generations. It is one amazing and impressive family tree.

The lower floor is full of exhibits, illustrations and movies that show and tell the story of the horse, the racing industry, and dozens of other things. It’s very interesting. Upstairs are two full wings that comprise the Hall of Fame. Though I didn’t really know anyone in the exhibits, it’s laid out in such a way that you can follow the timeline of world history as you follow the timeline of the American Quarter Horse Association.

What amazed me was that you could see the march of time and progress through world history, but the life of the American Quarter Horse and those that work with him kept a stead beat. Not much has changed. It’s was somewhat comforting. Anyway, I would highly suggest making a visit. At the very least, check out their virtual tour online at this link.

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