A racing champion and the all-time leading racehorse sire, as well as a top barrel racing sire and grandsire, First Down Dash was added to the list of inductees following his untimely death in November.
“The committees decided to induct him into the Hall of Fame at the 2011 convention,” AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway, Jr., said. “This is only the fourth time that the committee has added a horse to a class of inductees between (the committee’s) meetings.”
Each Hall of Fame class is selected by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Selection Committee at a July meeting and, following approval by the AQHA Executive Committee, is honored at the following convention. First Down Dash will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame alongside legendary horses Mr San Peppy, Skipper W and Streakin Six, as well as Douglas and Nancy Dear, Joe Kirk Fulton and Frank Howell, during the 2011 AQHA Convention on March 4-7 in Grapevine, Texas.
The only previous additions to past Hall of Fame classes occurred following the deaths of prominent American Quarter Horses Dash For Cash (First Down Dash’s sire), Refrigerator and Rugged Lark.