Photo above: Bill Archer (left) presented the award by David Teideman. (right). Thank you to David for kindly presenting the award on behalf of the AQHA-UK Council and members.
It has been my pleasure to know Bill Archer for the past 25 years, for much of which time he was a major driving force in the Quarter Horse and western riding scene. Besides his involvements with British Reining, the British Equestrian Federation, the National Riding Festival and Quarter Horse 2000 Bill was the backbone of AQHA-UK. He was instrumental in healing the rift between BAQHS and BQHA and, along with Richard Burns, in bringing the two Associations back together again under the AQHA-UK title. After a spell as Chairman as the merger settled down, and with growing commitments in British Reining and running the renowned QH2000 shows, Bill settled back out of the limelight in the all-important role of Secretary. I joined Council in those early years of AQHA-UK and when I became Chairman myself in 2006 I quickly formed a great working relationship him. His great assets were a formidable understanding of how associations needed to be organised and managed, a capacity for endless hard work, and loyalty. His unswerving behind the scenes support were of massive help to me during my years as Chairman and played a vital part in the success and growth of the Association at that time. Bill’s induction to the Hall of Fame is truly justified. He was unable to personally receive the award at the Breed Show due to family commitments but I was delighted to receive it on his behalf. Well done Bill!