Nominations due for Merle Wood Humanitarian Award

Nominations due for Merle Wood Humanitarian Award

Nominations for the Merle Wood Humanitarian Award are due May 1.

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The time has come to nominate individuals who support our industry’s youth for the American Quarter Horse Foundation Merle Wood Humanitarian Award. Nominations are due May 1.

Established in 1997 in honor of the late AQHA Honorary Vice President Merle Wood, this award is designed to recognize an individual who exemplifies an ethic of meritorious kindness and benevolence in providing opportunities for all young people to be involved with the American Quarter Horse.

The Merle Wood Humanitarian Award is presented each year to an individual whose outstanding voluntary service has been marked by actions or deeds that have enabled young people to experience positive opportunities and activities involving the American Quarter Horse. A multitude of service activities will be considered and is not restricted to any one type of action or deed involving youth.

Nominees must distinguish themselves through noncompensated humanitarian endeavors. The award is not designed to honor individuals who have supported youth activities primarily through financial contributions. Previous recipients and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees are not eligible to receive this award. Awards and achievements received through industry showing and/or racing competition are not a factor in the selection process.

To nominate someone for this award and submit an online application, visit  

The Merle Wood Humanitarian award is presented by the American Quarter Horse Foundation. The award exemplifies the Foundation’s mission to connect horses and people through charitable giving in order to develop and support programs and initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall wellbeing of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.

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