Golden Spur Award

The National Golden Spur Award is the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industries in recognition of accomplishments by an individual. Established in 1978, the award has been conferred upon iconic industry leaders whose unparalleled devotion to land and livestock has earned them notable respect and admiration from their peers. The award also emphasizes the humanistic, scientific and technological contributions of the ranching and livestock industries to society. Six ranching and livestock organizations sponsor the award: American Quarter Horse Association, National Cattlemen’s Foundation, Ranching Heritage Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and Texas Farm Bureau. 


Dr. Glenn Blodgett

Dr. Glenn Blodgett, resident veterinarian and manager of the Four Sixes Ranch horse division, has been named the 2017 National Golden Spur Award winner.  In his 35 years at the largest individually owned ranch property in Texas, Blodgett has been an industry leader in equine embryo transfer and artificial insemination, and the ranch has become the all-time leading breeder of both racing and performance American Quarter Horses.

A native of Spearman, Texas, Blodgett received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and his degree in veterinary medicine from the Texas A&M University of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has since been recognized as an outstanding alumnus of both universities.

“When you talk about Dr. Blodgett, you have to talk about credibility,” said AQHA Past President Johnny Trotter. “The horse business is more of a reputation-based business than it is just a horse-trading business…. He has a reputation and it’s not all about making a quick dollar on a horse. First and foremost, he’s a fine person with all the integrity and credibility that goes with it. Second of all, he is a good businessman, good horseman and a tremendously successful veterinarian.”

Blodgett will be honored by industry leaders at a 6 p.m. dinner hosted by the National Ranching Heritage Center on Saturday, October 14 at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center at Texas Tech University.  Individual tickets are $100 ($75 for RHA members), and a table for eight is $1,250. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Vicki Quinn-Williams at or calling (806) 834-0469 or purchase tickets to the award ceremony online.

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