<P>78 SEPTEMBER 2013 Q-RACING JOURNAL I INDUSTRY LEGEND JOE KIRK FULTON – OR JUST SIMPLY JOE Kirk to his many friends – died August 1. The 81-year-old horseman had been battling cancer, but passed away peace- fully that night at home on his Fulton Quien Sabe Stonewall Ranch at Stonewall, Texas, surrounded by his family. Joe Kirk had an enormous influence on the American Quarter Horse and on the horse industry, said former AQHA President Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas. Gosh, where do you start? When you go through his accomplishments, you real- ize what a major impact he had. I met Joe Kirk in the late 70s, and we became great friends. In the early 80s, I had Indigo Illusion and he had Dashs Dream. They both were great mares, they ran against each other and both of them beat the other. We had other horses running, of course, and we often were running in the same races. I watched what he was doing, tried to pick up on what I could and I learned a lot from him. Joe Kirk is an icon of the industry. Very few peo- ple have ever had the impact that he did. An American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, Fulton served as an AQHA director and director- at-large, and as chairman of the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee, which also has recognized him with the Gordon Crone Special Achievement Award. Among other things, Fulton served his home state as the vice chairman of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and was on the board of directors of Cal Farleys Boys Ranch (a nonprofit working ranch northwest of Amarillo that is a foster home for troubled and orphaned youths, both boys and girls), was on the advi- sory boards at Los Alamitos Race Course and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University, was a director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, and in 1997 became president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association. Ive been involved with Quarter Horses all my life, have ridden them since I was a button, and have bred and raised them for 50 years, Fulton once said. I thank my grandfa- ther, who gave me a great background and love for agricul- ture, and my first horse, Shorty, who taught me so much; and my parents, who raised me right and gave me my first Quarter Horse when I was a teenager. Born September 14, 1931, Fulton was an only child and was raised with backyard horses on a small acreage near Lubbock, Texas, where his fam- ily made a fortune in banking, oil and gas. He and his father, R.H. Fulton, bought the local Plains National Bank in the late 1950s, when it had assets of $4 million, and increased its holding some 50-fold before selling it in the late 80s. Fulton and his father also developed a major cattle opera- tion on their Quien Sabe Ranch (Spanish for Who knows?), where they ran 4,000-6,000 head of Herefords and crossbred commercial beef cattle on some 150,000 acres near the Texas Panhandle town of Channing. In 1952, while a student at Texas Tech University, Joe Kirk became the schools first mount- ed mascot, performing as the Masked Rider in parades and at football games. All-Around Horseman AT ONE TIME AN AQHA-APPROVED JUDGE, FULTON THROUGHOUT the 50s and 60s bred and showed halter and cutting horses. He owned AQHA Champion Aledo Bar (who went on to sire 17 AQHA Champions) and bred American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, 1977 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity winner and NCHA leading sire Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy). One of the all-time leading horsemen in the American Quarter Horse industry, Fulton in his own name bred the race earners of more than $17.8 million, including 1984 world champion Dashs Dream (the track-record-setting Dash For Cash mare who earned $1,119,610) and 1991 world JoeKIRK =uien Sabe? American =uarter Horse Hall of Famer Joe Kirk Fulton died last month. By Richard Chamberlain and Andrea Caudill Joe Kirk Fulton LAURA HOWARD</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/3/3/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/4/4/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/5/5/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/6/6/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/7/7/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/8/8/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/9/9/">Page-9</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/335/josgoiuzx/10/10/">Page-10</a></LI> <LI><a 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