2017 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees

➥ The 14th Annual prestigious Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Friday January 26, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center, 741 North Phillips Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; at approximately 5:15 pm.

Please make your plans to attend and help to honor the inductees. The ceremony is a ticketed event, open to the public, benefitting the Hall of Fame. A cocktail reception will begin the proceedings followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.

Tickets are available for $55 from the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, 5506 N Rockwell Ave, Bethany, OK 73008-2040, CALL FOR RESERVATIONS (405) 440-0694 voice, (405) 440-0649 fax, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Website. If you wish to sponsor an inductee or their award that form is also found on the website.

The OQHRA Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on February 24, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Reservations are required by calling OQHRA at (405) 216-0440 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To make a hotel reservation - Click Here or call (800) 760-6700 - use group code OQHRA2018. We will recognize the champions of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission Oklahoma Bred Program, the American Quarter Horse Racing Association and the American Paint Horse Association.

The racing industry inductees for 2017 are:

JESSE POWELL - Jesse Powell of Stigler OK learned the harsh reality of life with the death of his mother when he was only ten years old. He quit school to make a living for himself and his seven siblings. Jesse and his wife Anna successfully owned and operated a diverse range of businesses ranging from ranching to restaurants.  But after his first heart attack at the young age of 35 years, the family reduced their responsibilities by selling many of the businesses. However Jesse missed the horses and decided to buy his first foundation broodmare.  He began to study bloodlines and soon amassed mares which added specific traits to his own breeding program.   Powell became a very successful trainer, breeder and leading racehorse owner.  His foals set track records, won futurities and 254 of the horses he bred had racing careers, 118 successfully won races and 16 were stakes winners. His foals earned 125 ROMs, 5 Superiors with total earnings of $821,145. Unfortunately Powell passed away in 1987 but his “Pals” are found in the pedigrees of many current or future racing champions.

CONSTANCE L“CONNIE” GOLDEN - For more than 30 years, Connie Golden from Norman, OK was the owner of Speedhorse, Inc.  After acquiring the company in 1977, she transformed the struggling, indebted publication into a strong voice in the Quarter Horse Racing industry.  In her role as publisher, Connie felt a deep responsibility to use the publication’s platform to make the industry healthier.  For the last 14 years of her life, Connie served as a role model for how people with severe COPD could still live productive and fulfilling lives.  Connie worked fulltime until her retirement in 2010.  Connie passed away June 24, 2012 in Norman, OK.

LENA'S BAR (TB)  1954 chestnut mare (Three Bars x Lena Valenti by Gray Dream) On July 26, 1959, Lena’s Bar won the 400-yard Bright Eyes Stakes at Ruidoso Downs and three weeks later took the 400-yard Miller Motel Allowance at the same track.  She ran against world champion racing horses Go Man Go, Vanetta Dee and Double Bid.  Lena’s Bar also won the Buttons and Bows Stakes and C. L. Maddon’s Bright Eyes Handicap, both at Albuquerque in 1958.  By the end of her career, she started 76 races against Quarter Horses, garnering 24 wins and earning $28,311.  Lena’s Bar produced five foals, each of which won races and earned Registers of Merit on the track, while earning $557,199.  The mare’s two most successful offspring resulted from her courtship with Jet Deck, a racing world champion who was the first Quarter Horse to earn more than $200,000 on the straightaways.

MISS OLENE - 1957 black mare (Leo x Barbara Le by Patriotic) Miss Olene was a winner on the track, where she earned $31,022 while compiling a record of 11-3-3 in 33 starts. She was the dam of the earners of $700,673 on the track in the 1960s and 1970s. Miss Olene produced 17 foals, 15 of which started on the track and 10 came back as winners, four of those in stakes. Miss Olene was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2013.

ADA HORSE SALES Ada, Oklahoma. Ada Horse Sale began in 1962. Kenneth and his brother, the late Pete Winters knew nothing about running a horse sale.  Ada Horse Sale charged a $100 consignment fee and 5% interest.  At that time, that was not standard practice.  That $100 was for advertising with the very young Quarter Horse Journal. Then the Winter brothers bought a Shetland pony sale barn.  After remodeling the size of the horse stalls Ada Horse Sale had a new home.  Sales were held Friday and Saturday night.  Ada held four sales a year and limited the consignments to 525 horses.  It was the top sale in competition to the Haymaker Sale in Oklahoma City OK.  It featured Quarter Horses in all aspects of performance, and annually had one the top Appaloosa Horse sales in the Midwest.  For 21 years it was the place to sell horses.

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