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AQHA Racing Special Achievement Winners For 2022
The late Dr. Glenn Blodgett (pictured), John Cooper, and Krissy Bamberg are honored with special recognition.

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AQHA Racing Special Achievement Winners For 2022

AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION—The Quarter Horse racing industry’s growth is secured in part by the hard work of horsemen who watch over it and guide policies and plans. Each year, the American Quarter Horse Association recognizes the hard work of individuals in the racing industry.

For 2022, the John Andreini Special Recognition Award goes to trainer John Cooper, the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award to Krissy Bamberg and the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award to the late Dr. Glenn Blodgett. These recipients were recognized January 18 during the AQHA Racing Champions Announcement Ceremony at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City.

After decades as a respected trainer in the industry, John Cooper, 84, is retiring, and his body of work is recognized with the John Andreini Special Recognition Award, which is given to an individual who profoundly benefits the Quarter Horse racing industry. Cooper trained the earners of more than $12.4 million, including champions Moonist, Separatist, Sign of Lanty and Tiny’s Gay. He and his wife, Carol, will enjoy their retirement in Nampa, Idaho.

Krissy Bamberg grew up in the Quarter Horse racing industry as the daughter of the legendary Debbie Schauf, but her hard work for the industry and as the executive director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association has earned her the Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement award. Bamberg ensures that OQHRA is on the forefront of racing integrity and works to keep racing fair for horsemen and bettors and safe for horses and jockeys.

The loss of the highly respected AQHA Past President Dr. Glenn Blodgett in November rocked the Quarter Horse industry, but the impact he made and will continue to make means he has earned the Gordon Crone Special Achievement award. He joined the Four Sixes Ranch in 1982, and served AQHA in many capacities, including as AQHA president. He is in the American Quarter Horse, Texas Horse Racing and Texas Cowboy halls of fame.

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