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WAQHA History

We want to honour the many many people who have made great and small contributions to creating, maintaining and helping to mould the WAQHA since it's inception in 1972.

On this page we will show a glimpse into the workings of the club through the years.

Many of the names of people, studs and horses in these documents and photos will be remembered, some still here and some gone.

1983 Newsletter

This is a newsletter from the WAQHA in February 1983, courtesy of John Lawrie of Illyarrie Stud in Gidgegannup, who was also one of the stalwarts of the club in years gone by.

Many of you will recognise some of the names in this document.

Boyd Treloar (dec'd), Dean Williams (dec'd), David Barrett (dec'd), Rachel Pardoe (dec'd), Bob Neuman (still going strong at 92), Mac McCormack, Gary Marshall, Roberta Hiskins (although the spelling leaves a bit to be desired) and many more.

Boyd is resigning due to work commitments, the Mandurah Speed Horse Club had just been formed when Quarter Horses almost made it to racing in WA, Ricmar Stud in Byford was going strong and a trail ride was organised leaving from Dakota Stud in Bullsbrook.

1981 State Champs

Results and an article in the AQHA Magazine Dec/Jan 81/82 issue & Hoofbeats on the WAQHA State Championships.

The judge, Jack Cooper, was impressed with both the quality of the top horses and the numbers in classes - 16 geldings, 13 mares, 8 stallions, 277 entries all up including a working cow horse & cutting.

Lots of familiar old names of competitors and horses.

Newsletter June 1976

Results from Muresk Horsefest, a raffle, discounted rooms at the Parmelia after the AGM, and the Beef Machine have a Bay Stallion, Sir Rupert, for sale for $7,000 (about $28,000 in todays $'s).

Marcia Ornsby (wife of Bill Ornsby - mother of the three famous Ornsby girls - Kerrie (Miller - now living in the US), Debbie (Mateljan) and Robyn (also now living in the US), was making clothes and importing equipment as NQ5 Ranch Wear when Bill was running the TB Stud at Jane Brook. Also a bit of a whinge about complainers (hahaha).

Lots of familiar old names of competitors and horses.

Newsletter Sep 1976

Jack Freeman is advertising to break in horses, from the Wesfarmers Paddocks in Midland... and the phone number was 741134.

It was a whopping $6 to have a full page ad in the newsletter, more results from the Dakota Stud Points Day and Wellard Park Performace Horse Day.

The WA Cutting Horse Club was officially formed, The Royal Show was underway, Gidgegannup Ag Show was coming up and Gene Hintze was advertising as a trainer.

Boyd Treloar

Boyd Treloar had a significant influence on the development of the club over many years. From Training, Competing, Coaching - especially youth competitors and as president. His tragic death in 2011 was a shock for everyone but the AQHA awarded him a Medal of Esteem posthumously.

Double judges were at this November 2013 show, earning competitors AA & A points. WA Show Scene in Hoofbeats Magazine featured the show in their Extras Online section.

Bonanza Show 2013

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