first published in the July 2021 Equiery

Trainer and judge Walter T. Hughes and his wife Nancy are part of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Based in Damascus, the couple saw themselves as ambassadors for AQHA and for the American Quarter Horse breed.

Walter served as an AQHA director from 1971 until 1995 where he was on the youth, membership, Hall of Fame and judges committees. He also served as Chairman of the AQHA Judges Committee. Nancy served on the American Quarter Horse Foundation Committee and Council for many years.

Together, they often traveled as AQHA ambassadors and assisted in the development of international growth and awareness. The couple was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award from the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Council for their efforts to promote the breed.

They also breed American Quarter Horses such as Skips Dilly and Brio.

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