Richard Lankford Memorial Award This award will be given to the highest placing 4 year old at the AGHA World Championship Futurity. For those wishing to contribute to the award fund, please send your contributions to the
AGHA Treasurer at the address listed below AGHA in care of: Iris Snyder IB Stables 15129 E 206th Street Noblesville, IN 46060
Tributes to Richard Lankford We first met Mr. Lankford at a horse show in Edinburgh, Indiana in the spring of 1995. Traci had just started showing horses again after a long hiatus since the 1970’s and early 80’s. A lot had changed since then, new classes like Figure 8 and Keyhole that did not exist before, along with AGHA classes. New equipment like the starting light system and specialized saddles. Obviously with all these changes, many questions came up and someone pointed us in the direction of Mr. Lankford to get them answered. When we first approached him, he seemed larger than life because it appeared that he was the go to guy to answer everyone’s questions. We waited patiently and introduced ourselves to him and his wife Helen, and he immediately treated us as if we had known him his whole life. Our first impression was that he was the nicest person you could ever meet and was willing to take the time to answer any questions you may have whether you were a seasoned pro or a rookie on your first show.
Over the years that followed, we crossed paths at many horse shows and he would always ask how our horses were doing and remembered every one of them. Who they were bred too, what their sire was known for, how Traci was doing. He was always willing to provide advice if you asked for it. It did not matter that we were competing against his son Jeff, that was just the way Mr. Lankford was. He always wanted to see a good race and would root for all the competitors. He was a true ambassador of the Appaloosa. Mr. Lankford was directly responsible for the establishment of AGHA, which to this day is a great way to promote younger horses in the Camas Prairie Stumps and Nez Perce Stake races.
Horses were not his only interest though. Mr. Lankford would always seek out Karl and ask all kinds of questions about flying airplanes. He was intrigued about the types of aircraft Karl had flown both in the military and as a civilian. It was only upon his death that we learned he had been the recipient of the Purple Heart while serving in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Lankford was a hero in his own right but he would have never told you and you would have never known. That’s just the way he was.
To say that we miss him is a huge understatement. He has left a big hole in the Appaloosa community and in our opinion the best way we can honor him is to continue to promote AGHA. That’s what Mr. Lankford would have liked.