For over 50 years, the name Peter Cameron has been synonymous with the western horse industry in Ontario. A founding member and first official judge of the Western Horse Association of Ontario, Cameron has never stopped educating himself where horses are concerned.
During the 1960’s, Peter found the time to show Quarter Horses for Peter Froese and rode Daymar for George Southward, to many honours. He was in charge of the very popular AQHA Show at Virgil, Ontario, for four years, and is very proud to remember that it was an “A” Show for those years.
As a judge and a show manager, Pete was quite aware of the importance of having a qualified Ring Steward, and so, when the Ontario Quarter Horse Association started the Quarterama Horse Show, he volunteered for that position. He continued in the job for 5 y Johne ars — in spite of the fact that he was the only Steward and the show often ran for 18 hours straight. His talents did not go unnoticed by AQHA officials, and Peter Cameron was invited to be a Ring Steward at the AQHA World Championship Show for 4 years. He also conducted a Ring Steward Clinic for AQHA in Kansas City that was very well attended.
After obtaining his AQHA Judges Card, he became the first Canadian to judge both the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHA World Championship Show. At one time, Peter had the record for the number of various Judges Cards held; but after 12 years as an AQHA Judge, he gave up that card to concentrate on judging Arabian Horses. When he eventually retired from judging, Peter had judged a total of 885 horse shows, of various breeds, over a 46 year period.
Over the years, Peter Cameron has received many distinctive honours. He is in the St. Catharines Sports Hall of Fame (as an athlete), the Judges Hall of Fame, California, and the Arabian Horse Association Judges Hall of Fame. He is also a life member of the WHAO.
Peter Cameron and his wife of 55 years, Velma, have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. The couple make their home in St. Catharines, Ontario.