Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AQHA art

After our lightning tour of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, Andrea escorted Carol and I into the adjacent AQHA Headquarters.
For the most part, the inside of this building looks a lot like any other large office building. Unlike most offices, however, the walls of the AQHA are covered with original art by Orren Mixer... 
Many of these paintings are portraits of famous Quarter Horses, like this one of Dash For Cash.
Others--including this large piece entitled simply, The Palomino Stallion--are nonspecific but just as impressive.
Andrea identified this portrait of Kid Meyers as her favorite, and it just might be mine, too.  I really like the twinkle in that horse's eye!
I was pleasantly surprised at how many pieces I recognized.  I'm pretty sure I used to have note cards with this design... 
and a poster of this Randy Steffen painting, adorned the wall of my childhood bedroom.
Of course, the most famous and instantly recognizable piece is the Ideal American Quarter Horse.  The AQHA commissioned this painting in 1968, and it has been used extensively in promotional material ever since.
Like the Randy Steffen hunter, this was also taped to my bedroom wall.  Who would have guessed that I'd get to see the originals all these years later?
Thanks so much to Andrea for giving us the grand tour.  I really visiting the home of "America's Horse."


  1. I guess great art just strikes everybody dumb. I Still have Mixer prints on the walls of the guest bedroom...

  2. The horse in the fifth photo from the top looks just like the Stone ISH!

    -Kelsey Roe

  3. Seems like you had a fun stop!

  4. Ok, I definitely need to take a trip down there one of these days!