Tribute to Longtime Friend of the Congress Bruce Walquist
May 8th, 2023Tweet
The Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) and All American Quarter Horse Congress join the entire equine and American Quarter Horse industry in mourning the loss of Bruce Walquist, of Cleburne, Texas, following a horse-related accident.
Bruce was an accomplished professional horsemen for more than 30 years, training and showing many Congress champions, as well as numerous AQHA, NSBA, and PHBA world champions and futurity champions in Halter and All Around events. Bruce specialized in training, sales, and lessons with clients in the AQHA all around events, and he held judges' cards with the American Quarter Horse Association, National Snaffle Bit Association, and the World Conformation Horse Association. His clients hold over a dozen AQHA world and reserve world championship titles.
Bruce was a longtime supporter of the All American Quarter Horse Congress, competing in Columbus and judging the Congress for a number of years.
Bruce was well-known for his positive and contagious attitude, his encouraging words, and his eye for a great horse. He was a man of great faith and had a strong love for his family, friends, and the horse industry.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Cindy; daughter and accomplished Non Pro exhibitor Whitney Walquist Vicars; and son-in-law Craig Vicars, who worked alongside Bruce in the training business.
The family released the details of his funeral as follows:
Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00 am, Joshua Baptist Church, 3231 Southwest Wilshire Blvd, Joshua, Texas 76058. The service will be livestreamed for those that cannot attend, you can find that link here.
Visitation hours will be held the evening prior, Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Mountain Valley Funeral Home, 3407 SW Wilshire Blvd, Joshua, Texas 76058.
For flowers, please consider Blooms by Brookie (firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-249-0809) or in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Bruce's name to either the AQHA Professional Horsemen Endowment Fund or the NSBA Crisis Fund.
OQHA and the Congress send sincere condolences to Cindy, Whitney, and Craig at this time. A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit the family.