Stan Weaver honored with MQHA Heritage Award
Each year, the Montana Quarter Horse Association (MQHA) honors an individual who has positively impacted the growth of MQHA and the promotion of the American Quarter horse. The award is determined under the direction of the Board of Directors. MQHA is an affiliate of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). This year’s recipient is Stan Weaver of Big Sandy, MT.
Weaver was born and raised on a ranch in the Bears Paw Mountains southeast of Big Sandy, MT. After graduating from Gonzaga University, he made his home back on the family ranch. Weaver has been married to wife Nancy for 35 years and the couple has three grown children and three grandchildren. Weaver comes from a long line of horsemen and followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by breeding and raising good horses. The Weaver brand was recorded in 1888 and Weaver’s grandchildren are the sixth generation to ride under this brand. The passion for the American Quarter horse has been a lifelong endeavor that has resulted in 14 production sales. The horses bred on the Weaver Ranch have sold into 46 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and the countries of Mexico, South Africa, Australia and Germany. This nationally recognized program has been dubbed by AQHA as “being part of the backbone of the industry,” as quoted by Don Treadway, executive vice president of AQHA, at the Weaver’s most recent sale. The horses have made a name for themselves in all disciplines including Reined Cow Horse, Cutting, Reining, and Team Roping. The Weaver Ranch has bred two World Champions, one in Cutting and another in Team Roping (Heading). The year 2009 saw a Weaver bred horse win Reserve World Champion at the AQHA World Show in Heading as well as another making the finals in Team Penning and Ranch Sorting.
Weaver has worked tirelessly in an effort to promote the American Quarter horse and has been asked by AQHA to serve on the current Public Policy Committee. Weaver served as MQHA president for two years and helped the campaign for a bill to reintroduce horse processing to Montana, which passed during the last legislative session. Weaver also is a cattle order buyer and raises cattle on his ranch. When not working on the ranch, you can usually find him at a horse show or looking at cattle somewhere in the state. Weaver was honored with the Heritage Award in Helena, MT, at the MQHA Annual Convention on Dec. 5, 2009. — WLJ