2014 AQHA Legacy Breeder Award:
Lloyd & Janice Turner, Mortlach, Saskatchewan
Each fall, AQHA recognizes those members who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for 50 years. This year's honorees include breeders from eight US states and one from Saskatchewan.
Congratulations to Lloyd Turner from Shamrock, Saskatchewan on being awarded the AQHA 50 Year Breeder's Award! Lloyd was one of only nine breeders to receive this award in 2014, and the only Canadian!
WHAT YEAR DID YOU START BREEDING AMERICAN QUARTER HORSES?
The first AQHA foal was born in 1964, out of the mare Snippy News and sired by Effew Ames. The foal was registered under RL TURNER AND SONS. RL (Rex) Turner cowboyed on theTurkey Track Ranch, Hallonquist, Saskatchewan as a youngster in the early 1930's. While there he met two other young cowboys by the name of Arling and Woodrow Newton.
In 1960, RL Turner was married, had two horse crazy young sons, had purchased the Massey Ferguson Dealership, service station, and farmland at the small town of Shamrock, Saskatchewan. A horse van (horse trailers were a rarity then) pulled into Shamrock looking for fuel. RL Turner went to fuel it up and the driver was Arling Newton! Arling said he had started breeding American Quarter Horses and he was headed to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to the first AQHA approved show there.
RL Turner's sons, Lloyd and David, were crawling up the sides of the horse van trying to get a look at the horses inside and Arling suggested that RL should bring Lloyd and David into Moose Jaw to watch the show. They were hooked!
In 1961, RL Turner and Sons traded a brand new Massey Ferguson baler to Arling Newton for a yearling buckskin mare, Newtons Dun Bar. They were now the official owners of their first American Quarter Horse!
In 1962, Lloyd, 14-years-of-age, began training Newtons Dun Bar, two-years-of-age, for riding (photo at left). To quote Lloyd, " Newtons Dun Bar pretty well trained herself. Whatever you asked her to do - (western pleasure, trail,reining, barrel racing, pole bending - she just did it."
PLEASE DESCRIBE THE SIZE AND SCOPE OF YOUR OPERATION
We farmed, cattle ranched, operated a welding shop and ran 12 to 35 AQHA broodmares for many years in the Shamrock, Saskatchewan area. Since around 1973 the focus has been mainly on the cowhorse bloodlines. Cutting, Reining and Reined Cow Horse prospects have been the goal.
We were fortunate enough to be members of the Shamrock Quarter Horse Breeders Sale which ran for 35 years from 1977 to 2012. The sale was held the first weekend in August in the Shamrock Hockey Rink. (No hockey ice in Canada in August!!)
In 2012 we sold the ranch and cattle herd in the Shamrock area and purchased a small place near the Village of Mortlach, Saskatchewan. We currently have 17 AQHA broodmares. Our senior stallion is LNC Smart Lil Dually (Dual Pep X Smart Little Betsy X Smart Little Lena) in partnership with Barry and Elaine Good, Fillmore, Sask. Our junior sire is Metallic Coquette (Metallic Cat X Joli Coquette X Doc's Hickory).
WHICH HORSES CONTRIBUTED MOST TO YOUR OPERATION?
Eyerish Judyann (My Eye X Bulls Eye X Joe Reed) earned AQHA Register of Merits in Cutting and Reining. Also earned a NCHA Certificate of Ability. She produced AQHA, NCHA and NRHA point and money earners. We are just starting to compete in NCHA events with her great-granddaughter - Black Eyerish Kidd (photo at left) (Smart Kidd Dry X Hankins Dry Eyerish).
Freedoms Judyann (Dry Doc Freedom X Eyerish Judyann) earned NCHA Certificate of Ability and has produced NRHA money earners and futurity winners. Ms War Doc (Doc's Prescription X Hollywood Yogi) produced AQHA point earners and NRHA money earners. Miss Barry Lou (Barry Pine X Tonto B Lou)-produced AQHA point earners and NRHA money earners. Princess Leo Bar (King Leo Bar X Little Shoot) - King Leo Bar was Canada's first AAA - AQHA Champion. His daughter, Princess Leo Bar, was two points shy of her AQHA Championship when we put her into the broodmare band. She produced AQHA, NCHA and NRHA money earners.
Dry Doc Freedom (Dry Doc X Anita King 86) (photo at left L to R: Lloyd Turner, Dry Doc Freedom, David Turner) was our first cowhorse bred stallion and really established us as performance horse breeders.
Dry Doc Freedom's dam - Anita King 86 - was a full sister to Hollywood Jac 86 - a horse that revolutionized the Reining world.
When the sport of Reining started to grow in Canada, the Dry Doc Freedom sons and daughters found a new venue for their talents along with the cowhorse events.
King Hankins Two (King Hankins X Sandy Barb) We were fortunate enough to obtain King Hankins Two (a grandson of King P234) at the end of his cutting career. King Hankins Two earned $19,057.00 Cutting and a Canadian Cutting Championship. His offspring earned $148,620.98 Cutting. King Hankins Two's highest earning offspring were Freddys Little Hank and Clymer Bar.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT WITH YOUR HORSES?
Fifty years ago when we started in this business our goal was to raise a horse for our customers that could do well at an AQHA Show in a number of events. The Quarter Horse industry has become more specialized and we, as breeders, have narrowed our focus on certain bloodlines that do well in one or two events. I guess my greatest achievement as a breeder is to see and hear from folks riding and competing on American Quarter Horses we have bred.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HONORS WON BY HORSES YOU'VE BRED?
Horses we have bred have won AQHA Register of Merits; NCHA Certificates of Ability and NCHA Area Champions; NRHA Money earners; Canadian Cutting Horse Association Futurity Champions; Cardston Slide Inn Futurity Champion; Saskatchewan Reining Horse Futurity Champions; Saskatchewan Quarter Horse Association Year End Hi Point Award winners; Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association Year End Champions; Canadian and Saskatchewan High School Rodeo Finalists; Canadian Cowboys Association money earners in Calf Roping and Team Roping; Ranch Horse competition winners; and open horse show winners.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL HORSE
In my mind the ideal American Quarter Horse was the stallion, Sugar Bars. He had all the right qualities: impeccable bloodlines, conformation, ability, temperament, and he passed himself to his offspring.
HOW DO YOU PERCEIVE THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE INDUSTRY?
I think the horse industry as a whole has had many trials and troubles the last while and the various breed associations are going to have to change their thinking on a number of things. I think the American Quarter Horse breed is here to stay and really like the new programs that have been introduced by AQHA.
WHO AND/OR WHAT CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR LONGEVITY IN THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE INDUSTRY?
I guess trying to cross different bloodlines to achieve a certain goal has kept me in the industry. Nothing is certain when breeding horses, but the thought that next year's foal crop might produce a champion keeps me having fun.
WHAT HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH AMERICAN QUARTER HORSES ADDED TO YOUR LIFE?
It is hard to think what my life would be like without American Quarter Horses. The people that I have met from all over the country at AQHA activities, I have formed lifelong friendships with. My most memorable experience with American Quarter Horses is winning the All Around AQHA Youth Trophy at Swift Current Quarter Horse Show with Newtons Dun Bar in 1964.
CQHA congratulates pioneer American Quarter Horse breeder Lloyd Turner on his many achievements, not the least of which, is this much deserved honour from AQHA. Lloyd is the third Canadian breeder to receive this AQHA award. Visit the Turner's website at: www.turnerhorses.com
Photos provided by Lloyd and Jan Turner & AQHA
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