By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalNovember 25, 2013
Kathy Hunt drove Skys Moon Pie to a fourth-place finish in pleasure driving at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show; the duo earned the event's world title in 2009. (Journal photo)
AQHA member Kathy Hunt of Clovis, California, was killed November 23 in a weather-related crash outside of Gallup, New Mexico, according to New Mexico State Police. Kathy and her husband, Thomas, were returning home to California from the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City.
Police said Kathy, 56, was the passenger in a pickup truck that was traveling westbound on Interstate 40. The pickup unsuccessfully attempted to avoid hitting a stopped semi at approximately 7:30 p.m. near Mile Post 26 outside of Gallup, police said.
Survivors from the crash include Kathy’s husband, as well as the horse in the trailer and the couple’s dog.
An avid competitor, Kathy was the 2009 Adequan Select pleasure driving world champion with Skys Moon Pie and earned the event’s reserve title in 2010 with Harpos Dimension. Kathy had also earned multiple performance halter top-10 placings at AQHA world championship shows. Kathy’s Skys Moon Pie had earned the 2012 AQHA senior pleasure driving world championship with AQHA Professional Horseman Melissa Hargett-Dukes at the reins, as well as the 2012 AQHA year-end high-point senior pleasure driving and pleasure driving mare awards.
Tom, Kathy’s husband, competed in amateur ranch pleasure at the 2013 AQHA World Show aboard Woodyoupineforme, a 1997 dun gelding owned by Kathy. Woodyoupineforme was also shown in open ranch pleasure by AQHA Professional Horseman Melissa Hargett-Dukes.
While at the 2013 AQHA World Show, Melissa also showed Kathy’s Skys Moon Pie, a 2005 gray mare, to a sixth-place finish in senior pleasure driving, as well as Larks Protege, owned by Kathy, to the sixth-place finish in junior pleasure driving.
"We are already starting to get calls about gifts in Kathy’s memory," Chris Sitz, senior director of the American Quarter Horse Foundation, said two days after Kathy's death. "Kathy's friends are organizing gifts to accumulate toward an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Plaza plaque or paver to memorialize her.
"All gifts received and dedicated toward the Hall of Fame and/or Area of Greatest Need will be counted toward that tribute if they are noted as a memorial for Kathy Hunt."
To make a donation in Kathy Hunt's honor to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, visit www.aqha.com/donatetoday.
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