The IL Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce the 2024 inductees into the Hall of Fame. Induction into the ILQHA Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed on individuals and horses who have shown excellence in competition, their contributions, promotions, and support of the horse industry. This year this honor is bestowed on Cheryl LaMaster and Staccaro.
Cheryl LaMaster is known for her many accomplishments and the countless hours she has given to the ILQHA and others. She has been an active ILQHA member for many years as well as a volunteer in many positions representing the American Quarter Horse Association. Cheryl has served as Secretary, Race Division Secretary, Webmaster, and “Yearling” Editor. She also served as the Open Show Program Coordinator and as numerous show manager. In 2010 Cheryl was awarded the Amateur of the Year Award. As well as serving the ILQHA, Cheryl also performed numerous duties for the Land of Lincoln Quarter Horse Association. It is our pleasure to induct Cheryl LaMaster into the ILQHA Hall of Fame.
Staccaro, #1069307, a 1974 sorrel stallion receives the honor of being chosen as this year’s inductee into the ILQHA Hall of Fame. Staccaro’s maternal grandsire was the great Tiger Leo. He was foaled in Nebraska on May 1, 1974, and was deceased in 2006. Staccaro was owned by Michael and Willa VanKirk at the time of his death. He was purchased by Stan and Mary Kay Steyskal and later sold to Dale and Jeanine McDavi] in 1977. They successfully campaigned him and he received his Open Performance Register of Merit on September 3, 1977, as well as his Superior Western Pleasure on December 31, 1978. Staccaro’s lifetime points include 60 Junior Western points, 11 Hunter Under Saddle points, 2 Junior Hunter Under Saddle points as well as a Barrel Racing point. He truly was a great individual and made a tremendous impact on our industry. It is our great honor to induct Staccaro into the ILQHA Hall of Fame.