Trotter family donates to Scoop Vessels Memorial Fund

Nov 12, 2010
by WLJ

American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) members Johnny and Jana Trotter of Hereford, TX, have made a significant donation to the American Quarter Horse Foundation to honor their friend Scoop Vessels and to help the foundation in its efforts to preserve and protect both the history and the future of the American Quarter Horse.

Long-time supporters of the American Quarter Horse Foundation, the Trotters’ gift goes to the Foundation Endowment and to the Frank “Scoop” Vessels III Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The endowment fund assists the American Quarter Horse Foundation in administering its various programs and operating the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, TX.

The Trotters’ donation is the first gift to the Vessels scholarship that recently was established to honor the late AQHA president who perished in a plane crash this past summer. The goal of the Trotters and the Foundation is to put in place a $150,000 permanently endowed scholarship to honor this scion of the Vessels family who played such a significant role in the industry … particularly in the involvement of the youth in American Quarter Horse racing.

“Jana and I are happy to honor our friend Scoop and all of our friends and extended family at AQHA with this gift to the foundation.”

To honor the Trotters for their generosity, the foundation is naming a classroom in the Hall of Fame for the Trotters.

Long-involved in agribusiness in the Texas Panhandle, AQHA Executive Committee member Johnny Trotter is involved in ownership of the Bar G Feedyard in Hereford and in farming, ranching, banking and the automobile business.

Involved in many educational and civic matters, the Trotters also are partners with Burnett Ranches (6666 Ranch) on $1.4 million winner One Famous Eagle and on 2010 All American Futurity finalist Miss Racy Jess.