American Quarter Horse Association Honorary Vice President Anne W. Marion was honored as the 1999 Merle Wood Humanitarian Award recipient.
She was honored at the AQHA World Championship Show during the You Can Make A Difference reception, in Oklahoma City.
Nominated by the American Quarter Horse Foundation Advisory Committee, Marion is associated with one of the most famous ranches in Texas and with racing legend Dash For Cash.
Marion operates the Four Sixes Ranch, which covers 240,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle and is noted for outstanding ranch and racehorses. In 1994, the Four Sixes received the AQHA Best Remuda Award, in honor of its band of working cow horses that tends thousands of Hereford cattle.
In 1993, Marion secured Dash For Cash, Special Effort and Streakin Six for stud duty at the Four Sixes. Dash for Cash, the 1976-77 world champion racehorse, ranks as the sport's most successful sire with progeny earnings exceeding $39 million. In 1996, Dash For Cash died, at the Four Sixes Ranch, at age 23.
Marion donated a life-size bronze statue of Dash For Cash and jockey Jerry Nicodemus that stands at the entrance of the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and Museum, in Amarillo. Dash For Cash's ashes are buried, at the bronze.