Carl Ballew

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Carl Ballew, had a great passion for horses

and for the quarter horse in particular.  Although we can pay

homage to his dedication, commitment and contribution to the

industry, it presents something of a challenge to describe his

“spirit”.  His contagious smile, his eternal optimism and the

genuine warmth of his personality – the hallmarks of the

“spirit” of this man – are difficult to capture with words.


Carl Ballew was a “horseman” in the true sense of the word, and

because of  his passion he bred, raised, trained, showed, and raced

  1. It all began with Ol’ Pat – a family work horse that Carl

loved to ride down the road at full speed; roping or trying to rope

anything in his path.  As his interest matured, his favorites were

Ron Bar Bailey and Venture Royal.  But Connie Win and

especially One Hundred Grand – a 1974 stallion by Win or Lose –

were his true loves.  He raised them both from weanlings.


Born in Wainwright, Oklahoma, in 1927, Carl came to Oklahoma

City following World War II and his service in the U. S. Navy.   In

1959, he formed Capitol Paint Manufacturing Company, which

continues today under the skillful management of his son, Stan,

who joined him in 1976.

A lifetime member of both the OQHA and the AQHA, Carl was

extremely active in both organizations   He served as Chairman of

the OQHA Race Committee among many others, culminating in

his service as OQHA President in 1983.  He was constantly

involved with the Youth organization, and untiringly supported his

daughter, Kim, in her show activities and her involvement in both

the OJQHA and the AQHYA.


He was an AQHA Director and served with distinction on the

Youth, Race, and Foundation Committees.  He was honored by

being named an AQHA Honorary Vice-President in 1989.


Through his generous contributions through the AQHA

Foundation , an AQHYA scholarship is permanently recorded in

his name.


Carl was a Charter member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and

Western Heritage Cente: and his active involvement with the

Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce contributed to the

successful movement of the AQHA World Championship Show to

Oklahoma City.


Involved in civic affairs, he was a member of the Oklahoma City

Exchange Club, the Committee of 100,  Sirloin Club, the Greens

Country Club, and Cedar Valley Golf Club—where he indulged in

his second passion – golf.


Carl was a Mason, a member of the Shrine Mounted Patrol, and the

Jesters.  He was also President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Carl Ballew left an indelible mark on the OQHA and the AQHA

by his selflessness and lack of any personal agenda.  His only interest was that which was in the best interest of the American

Quarter Horse.