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Allred elected to Hall Of Fame

March 10, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Edward C. Allred, the owner of Los Alamitos Race Course and record nine-time AQHA Champion Breeder, was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 5. Induction into the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors bestowed by AQHA.

The 2006 Hall of Fame inductees included: Harriet Peckham, who owned three Hall of Fame horses including the sire Go Man Go; Joe Turner, a member of the AQHA Board of Directors and a driven force behind the National Youth Horse Congress; B.F. Yeates, a pioneer in the AQHA youth and amateurs horse show programs, Ken Smith, the 1999 AQHA President, and Jerry Windham, a past President of the AQHA and the 2002 AQHA Champion Breeder of racing Quarter Horses.

Horses inducted in the Hall of Fame were: Chicado V, a superstar racehorse and broodmare owned and bred by Frank Vessels Jr and the only mare who produced five Top Triple AAA offspring; Garret’s Miss Pawhuska, a winning racehorse and the dam of champions Vandy's Flash, Vanetta Dee and Vannevar; Rugged Lark, a legend in the show world and a winner of two Superhorse titles at the AQHA World Championship Show, and Driftwood, a 1932 foal who made his name in the rodeo world. Legend has it that Driftwood beat the famous racehorse Clabber.

"It is great to see the variety of interests represented in this (Hall of Fame group) tonight," said Allred during his induction speech. "It's a testatement to this wonderful animal - the American Quarter Horse - and the power it has to affect so many different people in so many different ways.

“I remember taking my wife money she earned from teaching to buy part of that first horse when we probably couldn’t afford it,” Allred said. “I’ll always remember that. And I would like to thank people like Spencer Childers, Z. Wayne Griffin, Robert Boniface and Pat Hyland. As a young man I had the opportunity to seat at their feet and learn their values - what a great experience that was.

“Whatever part of the industry your are involved with, you know how hard it is to breed a great horse - we love them all - but it takes a lot of time, effort and luck to breed a great one.”

Allred also thanked the people that continue to support racing at Los Alamitos Race Course.