Edited press release
The American Quarter Horse Foundation announced March 8 that it received a planned gift of $1 million from Jim Helzer, an AQHA executive committee member, and his wife, Marilyn. The donation will contribute to the foundation's capital campaign.
One of the first major donations, the Helzers' gift will help fund the new Hall of Fame & Museum scheduled to be completed in early 2007.
The Helzers, of Arlington, Texas, also have committed $20,000 per year for five years to the foundation's annual fund. The annual fund is the newest ongoing funding program designed to provide annual operational support for the foundation.
"The Helzer family has been involved with horses since owning our first AQHA horse in 1961," said Jim Helzer, CEO and president of JEH Stallion Station. "Nothing gives us more pleasure than working with and watching our horses perform. As a result of this love of the horse, my family and I are proud to have made a significant contribution to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum for its continuing endeavor to further the welfare and acknowledgement of the American Quarter Horse."
"Longtime supporters of the American Quarter Horse, Jim and Marilyn have generously given of their time, money and expertise," said AQHA Executive Vice President Bill Brewer. "We truly appreciate the Helzers and their gifts to the foundation."
The most noteworthy racing American Quarter Horse campaigned by the Helzers was Refrigerator, the sport's world champion in 1992 and 1993. The winner of the 1990 All American Futurity (gr. I), Refrigerator is currently American Quarter Horse racing's leading all-time money earner at $2,126,309. He is the only three-time winner of the grade I Champion of Champions.