Welcome Your New AQHA Executive Committee
The 2017-18 AQHA Executive Committee was elected at the AQHA convention in San Antonio.
The AQHA Executive Committee – consisting of a president, first vice president, second vice president and two additional members – is elected each year by the board at convention. Doug McElreath photo
The AQHA Executive Committee was elected March 20 at the 2017 AQHA Convention in San Antonio. Though AQHA operates primarily upon the decisions of its members through the board of directors, the five-person Executive Committee is responsible for implementing these important decisions and governing AQHA between the annual meetings of the membership and the board.
The AQHA Executive Committee is elected each year by the board at the convention. Each member serves a term of one year until the selection of his/her successor.
President Ralph Seekins
Ralph Seekins of Fairbanks, Alaska, has been an AQHA director since 2006 for Washington/Alaska and was elevated to director emeritus in 2016. Ralph has served on the AQHA Marketing and Membership Committee, the Foundation Council and the AQHA Public Policy Committee. Ralph has owned American Quarter Horses since 1995, when his daughters convinced him and his wife, Connie, that they really needed horses. His early horse years were spent in Wyoming and Montana and included ranch work and sprint racing. The family’s first two American Quarter Horses were home-trained and went on to earn AQHA Open Champion titles, Youth Champion titles, Youth Supreme Champion titles and one Youth Versatility award.
First Vice President Dr. Jim Heird
Dr. Jim Heird was an AQHA director for Colorado in 2009 and became a director for Texas in 2011. Dr. Heird was the chairman of the judges committee, show committee, international committee, show council, and the Animal Welfare Commission. He was the former extension horse specialist at North Carolina State University, a former instructor/professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and held various dean/director positions at Colorado State University for the colleges of agricultural sciences and business and equine sciences program. Dr. Heird is currently executive professor and coordinator of equine initiatives at Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Dr. Eleanor Green, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M, live in College Station.
Second Vice President Stan Weaver
Stan Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana, has been an AQHA director since 2011. He is a former member of the studbook and registration, public policy and Hall of Fame selection committees; Foundation, marketing and ranching councils; and served as chairman of the ranching council. He was also instrumental in developing the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program.
Stan has bred American Quarter Horses for more than 30 years and has registered more than 1,500 foals with AQHA during that time.
Stan and his wife, Nancy, began a Quarter Horse production sale in 1996 under Weaver Quarter Horses. Through the production sale, horses from the Weaver Ranch have sold to all 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, South Africa, Australia, Germany and Mexico.
Member Butch Wise
Butch Wise was named an honorary AQHA vice president in 2015. He was an AQHA director from 2001 to 2015.
He currently serves as the Executive Committee representative on the racing council. Butch is a former member of the studbook and registration, nominations and credentials, and racing committees, and the racing council. He was the chairman of the Hall of Fame committee from 2013 to 2015 and also served as chairman of the racing council. In 2014, he was a member of the AQHA Governance Task Force.
In 2004, Butch received the Oklahoma State University Animal Science School Graduate of Distinction award, and in 2007, he received the AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award.
Butch and his wife, Nancy, live in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Member Norm Luba
Norm Luba has been an AQHA life member since 1995 and an AQHA director since 2011. He has served on the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee for the past three years. Norm has served on the AQHA Public Policy Committee and the affiliate council.
He graduated with his master’s degree in reproductive physiology from the University of Maryland. The former executive director of the Kentucky Horse Council, he is the executive director of the North American Equine Ranching Information Council, president of the Equine Breeding Research and Development Council, and the treasurer of the Animal Welfare Council Inc.
He is the recipient of the Don Henneke Education Impact Award and the American Youth Horse Council Distinguished Service Award.
Norm and his wife, Dr. Lorraine Luba, live in Louisville, Kentucky.
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