Wanda (Riggs) West, formerly of Oxford, was posthumously honored for her leadership with the American Quarter Horse Association during the association’s awards banquet July 1 at the Whiskey Ranch in Texas.

A biography in the ceremony program said that Wanda became a lifelong horse lover while being raised on her father’s ranch.

She and her husband, Bill, graduated from Oxford High School in 1951. They moved to Abilene in 1970, where they established B&W Quarter Horse and Paint Ranch. The couple bred, raised and showed Paint horses, including several national champions and two world champions. Wanda also managed a dress shop and ran the Wests’ grocery store business while tackling ranch chores. She still found time to mentor local 4-H youth and help others become involved in the horse community.

Her passion for helping others led Wanda to APHA leadership, where she served as a national director or alternate and committee member for 25 years. Wanda also served as president and vice president of the Kansas Paint Horse Association for 10 years, was an active leader for the World Wide Paint Horse Congress and was a founding members of the AQHA Zone 3 Committee.

She died in June 2019 at age 85.

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