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Sonoita in Santa Cruz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races

American Quarter Horse Historical Marker

 
 
Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
1. Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker
Inscription.  Seeing whose horse was fastest or who had the best working ranch horse was a natural form of competition for early settlers in Arizona cattle country. So began the race and show tradition at Sonoita. The Sonoita Quarter Horse Show began at the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Association fairgrounds in 1939. Many exhibitors isolated by distance viewed it as a good place to compete with horses from the region such as the versatile Lightning Bar, sire of Doc Bar, one of the most influential cutting horse sires in history. By 1949, early issues of The Quarter Horse Journal brought results of the Sonoita show to a national audience.

Unofficial race meets are recorded as far back as 1915, with race results first appearing in the AQHA Chart Books in 1954. Except for a short span of time during World War II, Sonoita has provided an opportunity early in the season for an owner to see how a particular horse will run. Many great horses have competed here, including: world champions, Ed Grimley, Mars Blackman, and Sign it Super; Mark T Bars, all-time leading winner with a record 64 career wins out of 115 official starts;
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Pies Royal Request, co-holder of the all-time record 14 consecutive wins and the former world record holder at 330 yards; and Fast Copy, dam of stakes winners including champion Heza Fast Man. Many notable horsemen and women have contributed to the distinctive Sonoita legacy in the arena and on the track. .

American Quarter Horses are competing in races around the world and are in demand for showing, ranch work, rodeo, recreational riding and many other activities. AQHA is the world's largest equine breed registry, with its international headquarters located in Amarillo, Texas.
 
Erected 2000 by American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, Amarillo, Texas. (Marker Number AQHHMP #27.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsSports. In addition, it is included in the American Quarter Horse Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
 
Location. 31° 40.579′ N, 110° 39.358′ W. Marker is in Sonoita, Arizona, in Santa Cruz County. Marker is on Arizona Route 83, 0.1 miles south of Arizona Route 82, on the right when traveling south. Marker is at entrance to the Santa Cruz County Fair and Rodeo Grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sonoita AZ 85637, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker
Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
2. Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Camp Crittenden (approx. 2.7 miles away); Historic Empire Ranch (approx. 7.6 miles away); Hired Man’s House – Who Lived Here?/Historic Preservation of the Hired Man’s House (approx. 7.6 miles away); Home for Ranch Families (approx. 7.7 miles away); San Ignacia del Babocomari (approx. 8.6 miles away); Mowry Mine (approx. 11 miles away); Patagonia Depot (approx. 11 miles away); Cady Hall (approx. 11.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonoita.
 
Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
3. Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker
<i>rear of </i>Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
4. rear of Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker
Working Ranch Horse Competition Plaques
<i>rear of</i>Sonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
5. rear ofSonoita Quarter Horse Show and Races Marker
Working Ranch Horse Competition Plaques
"Tribute to Ranching" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sharon Pairman, September 5, 2011
6. "Tribute to Ranching"
Sculpture by Deborah Copenhaver Fellows
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,156 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 5, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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