M.O. “Bud” Breeding, an Oklahoma City horseman and member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, died July 19. He was 92.
Upon his induction into the hall of fame in 2002, Breeding said his involvement with quarter horses began when he was 40, when his first wife took the family dog to the veterinarian and came home with three horses.
Over the next five decades, Breeding became an integral member in both the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. In 1963, he became a member of the state organization’s governing board. Two years later, he was elected to the national association’s board.
In 1969, Breeding was elected president of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, and in 1972, he was named an honorary vice president of the American Quarter Horse Association.
Breeding was also instrumental in moving the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show from Louisville, Ky., to Oklahoma City in 1976.
An insurance agent by trade, Breeding and his father formed Breeding and Breeding Insurance Agency in 1953. Breeding served as president of Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma.
Breeding served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.
A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Church of the Servant, 14343 N MacArthur Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 32111, Amarillo, Texas, 79120.