Hughes Becomes Equestrian Vice-President

By Tekeilla Peterson

Bill Hughes, director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center,
was elected to be the vice president of the National Affiliate
Working Group, a member of the United States Equestrian

The election results were announced during the annual USEF
meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.

“We think it’s a great honor for him to be a part of USEF and
cover all breeds,” said Kelly Pina, administrative support
coordinator for the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.

“My responsibilities are to conduct meetings and develop
programs for all breed representatives,” said Hughes. “We have
monthly conference calls. The seats on the board represent the
members of the different breeds.”

Hughes obtained his Bachelor of Science at Cal Poly Pomona in
1965 and then received his Master’s degree at the University of
Nevada in 1967.

He teaches in the areas of management accounting, agricultural
enterprise management, agricultural marketing, equine enterprise
management, real property appraisal and acquisition and equine
investment management.

Hughes has obtained a lot of merit throughout his career.

“[I’m most proud of] the president award given to me by the
Arabian Horse Association,” said Hughes. “It’s a special award for
outstanding service and it’s only given once a year for your life
long commitment to the Arabian horse breeds.”

However, academia is not the only thing in Hughes’ life. He has
been the owner and manager of a horse breeding and training
facility for more than 40 years.

Hughes is also a consultant on appraising horses for the
Internal Revenue Service, the Justice Department and the City of

Hughes also acts as an official. Hughes has been a judge for
Arabian horse shows since the late 70s.

“I judge national championships in four different countries,”
said Hughes, who is scheduled to judge the Canadian Arabian Horse
Breed competition in August. The USEF is scheduled to host the
World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.

Hughes is also passionate about showing horses.

He has shown them in Western, English, and Halter at regional
and national championships. Each is a different style of riding and

“In 1961, I bred my first Arabian horse,” said Hughes.

Hughes also published “Horse Operation Business Plan” along with
Ken Wood, through Farnam publishers.

He belongs to professional organizations such as the
International Arabian Horse Association, the American Society of
Equine Appraisers and the American Society of Farm Managers and

Tekeilla Peterson can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (909) 869-3747.

Hughes Becomes Equestrian Vice-President

Hughes Becomes Equestrian Vice-President

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