Texas A&M's Dr. Jim Heird Inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
Posted January 13, 2017
Dr. Jim Heird, executive professor and
coordinator of the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M University,
is a 2017 inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame—the highest
honor bestowed on individuals who have shown excellence in
competition, business, and support of rodeo and the western
lifestyle in Texas.
Currently, Heird is the second vice president of the American
Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and a former AQHA director for
Texas and Colorado. He has also served as chairman of the judges
committee, shows committee, international committee, show council,
and the animal welfare commission. Heird is also an honorary vice
president of the Uruguayan Quarter Horse Association.
“Dr. Jim Heird is one of the finest men I know,” said Charles W.
Graham, DVM and owner of the Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin,
TX. “He deserves to be in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Texas is a
better place because of Dr. Heird, and I am so grateful to know him
and see what he has done and continues to do for the Western life
style, our great state, and our future through the students he
Heird is the former extension horse specialist at North Carolina
State University, a former instructor/professor at Texas Tech
University, and has held various dean/director positions at
Colorado State University in the colleges of agricultural sciences,
and business and equine sciences program. Dr. Heird holds the Dr.
Glenn Blodgett Equine Chair at Texas A&M University.
“Jim is a most deserving recipient of this award. He spent his
entire professional career educating and mentoring students and
horsemen. Jim has been and continues to be devoted to the
well-being of the horse as well as the Western lifestyle,” said
Glenn Blodgett, DVM and chief veterinarian at Four Sixes Ranch in
An AQHA judge from 1977 to 2015, Heird has judged AQHA World
Championship shows, multiple international championships, and
National Reining Horse Association futurities. He was on the
executive committee of the National Western Stock Show and is an
ex-officio director of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. and an
M.S. and has a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. He and his wife,
Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine
at Texas A&M University, live in College Station.
Heird was inducted at a ceremony, which is one of the premier
events prior to the Fort Worth Stock Show, held at the Texas Cowboy
Hall of Fame Museum, on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
To read more about the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame go to: http://texascowboyhalloffame.org/
To read more about the Equine Initiative go to: http://equine.tamu.edu/equine-initiative/
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