America's Horse in Art Show & Sale

Don’t miss your chance to purchase art from the 13th annual America's Horse in Art Show August 14 through October 16, 2021!

Proceeds from the sale of the art go to the Hall of Fame to support its efforts to preserve the history of the American Quarter Horse.

View or Purchase Art: August 14 - October 16 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum (Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST) or click here.

All artwork must remain on display until the America's Horse In Art exhibit ends on October 16.

Here are a few pieces that will be at the sale: 

Ground Tied by Tim Harmon The Carrot by Robyn Cook    First Rodeo by Karen Cooper 
Carefree by Amanda Cowan  Playing Catch Up by Wayne Baize             No Slack No Quit by Kathryn Leitner
Hobble Lessons by Mary Ross Buchholz            Sack Lunch by Jan Mapes             Cutter by Dave Gustlin

 

America's Horse In Art: Interview with Kathryn Leitner

Commemorative Prints

Not ready to start your collection of original art? Consider purchasing a signed and numbered limited-edition commemorative print from the 2021 America’s Horse In Art Show & Sale.

Each print features the signature piece “Jingling the Wagon Horses” and is available for only $125. You will also have an opportunity to bid on 1 of 3 framed commemorative prints during the event. Proceeds from the sale will support the Hall of Fame and its efforts to preserve the history of the American Quarter Horse. To reserve a limited-edition print, contact the Museum at 806-376-5181 or email at artshow@aqha.org.

Hall of Fame Induction & Reunion Celebration

The Museum will host various activities throughout the weekend of August 13-14 in Amarillo during the American Quarter Horse Foundation’s Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion Celebration.

This includes a reception with live music on Friday, as well as lunch provided by the Coors Cowboy Club and the Hall of Fame Induction banquet on Saturday. (Note: No ticket is required to attend the Art Show.)

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Jingling the Wagon Horses painting by Kathryn Leitnger

2021 Signature Piece: "Jingling the Wagon Horses"

Signature Artist: Kathryn Leitner

Capturing the lifestyle and tradition of the ranching industry has become a priority for Kathryn Leitner of Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Her portraits are her way to honor not only these remarkable ranch horses, but also the riders and individuals who utilize these horses for their living. Kathryn feels the folks who still raise, and work cattle daily are often under-appreciated. Her paintings serve as a tool to educate others and continue the stories and traditions of this unexposed lifestyle.

western artist Kathryn Leitner sits horseback on an American Quarter Horse

Background

Kathryn Leitner grew up on her grandparent's ranch and fell in love with all aspects of ranching which inspires her passion and work today. " I have always drawn, and my parents were continuously encouraging of my gift. I believe strongly that God gives each of us gifts and as an artist I think your gift shows up early" says Leitner. Kathryn has been trying to use her gift to educate others about the lifestyle of ranching and passing on the love for the heritage that played a significant role in what the Quarter Horse is now. 

Featured Piece

"Jingling the Wagon Horses" is the 2021 America's Horse in Art featured piece inspired by Kathryn Leitner's opportunity to shadow the day workers at Tongue River Ranch. Leading them from headquarters to the north part of the ranch Leitner describes the scene as " the morning sun was shining on all of the colors until it looked like a river of bays, sorrels, roans and grays with a black, dun and palomino sprinkled in." Kathryn was able to photograph the events at Tongue River Ranch, and from these she was able to create a series of artwork representing the tradition of the ranching lifestyle. "I do believe that painting what I love and having such a passion about it definitely transfers into my work and hopefully the viewers will be able to see the passion I have for my subject" says Leitner.

Ranch Horses

“Through the years the American Quarter Horse Association has grown to mean many things to many people, all of whom enjoy the many merits of the breed. However, in 2002 the AQHA introduced the Versatility Ranch Horse classes and then in 2012 they initiated the Ranching Heritage Program to once again focus on the ranch horses that the association was founded to preserve. The enthusiasm and participation in these classes and this program are a testimony to the passion that is still very much alive for these incredible horses. Some of us enjoy them in competition and for pleasure but more importantly, there are still men and women who make their living and tend their livestock every day on the backs of these magnificent animals.  

 

Hattie painting by Kathryn Leitnger
"Hattie" by Kathryn Leitner

No Slack No Quit painting by Kathryn Leitnger
"No Slack No Quit" by Kathryn Leitner