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Mary Dooley Sportsmanship Award

       Kentucky Quarter Horse Association, Inc.

      P.O. Box 85

Eastwood, KY 40018-0085


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KyQHA seeking nominations for 2023

(July 12, 2023) – The Kentucky Quarter Horse Association (KyQHA) is seeking nominations for the Mary Dooley Sportsmanship Award.  The goal of the Mary Dooley Perpetual Sportsmanship Award is to recognize amateurs who exhibit excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors and volunteering their time and resources to various aspects of the industry.

Nominations for the award may come from exhibitors, trainers, colleagues or peers. The nominee must be a member of KYQHA for the year in which they are nominated.  Previous winners of the award are not eligible for further nomination; however, prior nominees are encouraged to be resubmitted for future consideration.  Amateur Sportsmanship Award nominations close October 31. The award will be presented at the annual KyQHA Banquet.

Mary Dooley loved showing horses.  She always had a smile on her face and the sincerest “Congratulations!” for every exhibitor, no matter what. For all that knew her, they still have that memory of Mary.  She looked forward to the KyQHA convention every year, or “the party” as she called it.  According to one of her best friends, Judy English, “as everyone can tell you, Mary was a true joy to be around. Her bubbly laugh was very contagious as was her smile. She had that positive attitude to the very end of her life. She was my greatest best friend.”

Mary died July 1, 2003, after a battle with cancer at the age of 49. She was inducted into the KyQHA Hall of Fame in 2004 and the sportsmanship award was established that same year.

This perpetual award honors the true meaning of sportsmanship which Mary embodied at every moment. The legacy that Mary created is a true testament of how much she cared for this sport and the people she met while riding.

Click [Mary Dooley Sportsmanship Award] for more information and a nominations form. 

The KyQHA is the only official affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association in Kentucky.  More information about KyQHA, membership forms, as well as other programs of the KyQHA can be found by visiting the web site at:



     P.O. Box 85, Eastwood, KY  40018-0085

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