Bill Cress

Bill Cress

Arizona Hall of Fame horseman passed away August 30.

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Arizona Hall of Fame member Bill Cress passed away August 30, 2021. 

Bill Cress was born October 30,1931, and  grew up on a vegetable farm in Yuma, Arizona. Agriculture remained part of his life, where he farmed crops and raised champion Quarter Horses in Aguila, Arizona.

In 1972, Bill became an AQHA judge, a job he held for 37 years. At one time Bill held eleven approved equine judges’ cards. Bill judged all the major World Shows, including AQHA, APHA, Palomino, Pinto and Appaloosa.

In 1977 he was elected Arizona Quarter Horse President, the same year he was elected AQHA Director.

Bill served as Chairman of the AQHA Youth Committee and the International Committee.  After 20 years Bill was elevated to Director at Large.  He was inducted to the AzQHA Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Valerie, in 2008. He has three children, Cami Beckley, Curt (Bobbi) Cress, and Kelly Evans. The Cress’ had five grandchildren: Levi and Jani Elliot, Malerie and Coby Cress and Clay Burns. 

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held during the 2022 Arizona Sun Circuit. Day and time to be announced.