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Three elected to AQHA Racing Council


May 29, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

AQHA Past President Walter Fletcher, John Andreini, and Micah McKinney have been elected to serve on the AQHA Racing Council.

The three were elected by members of the AQHA Racing Committee. Each will serve a three-year term ending in 2017.

The nine-member Racing Council is comprised of AQHA Executive Committee representative Dr. Glenn Blodgett, Chairman Dr. Tommy Hays, Racing Committee Chairman Duayne Didericksen and members Dr. Steve Fisch, Wade Siegel, Kelvin Childers, Walter Fletcher, John Andreini and Micah McKinney.

Walter Fletcher of Lakin, Kansas, has bred the earners of more than $2.8 million, including champion Sterling Sport and Open Supreme Champion Cartel Caliente. Fletcher was AQHA president in 2006 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2012.

John Andreini of San Mateo, California, has owned and bred American Quarter Horses for more than 40 years. In his own name, he has bred horses who have earned more than $4.3 million. He owns J&L Ranch, where he breeds racing American Quarter Horses, and Andreini & Co., one of the largest privately owned insurance brokers in the United States. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award.

Micah McKinney of Edmond, Oklahoma, is vice president and general manager of his family’s Reliance Ranches and their Lazy E Ranch and Arena. Reliance Ranches breeds and raises racing American Quarter Horses, as well as having an interest in roping horses. McKinney founded Racing Free, a program that promotes the elimination of performance-enhancing drug use in racing and allows horsemen to demonstrate their commitment to fair competition and safety of horses and riders.