“Breeding Quarter Horses is a long-term deal.”
Duane Walker was born December 18, 1935 in Brookville, Ellsworth County to Ray and Evelyn Walker. He graduated at the top of his class from Brookville High School in 1953 and attended Fort Hays State University. At Lyons on April 10, 1954 he married Jo Jamssen who has worked with him in the industry. Together they have four children, Tim, Kathy (Prieb), Cindy (Monts) and Dennis, all who have a love of horses. The couple also has five grandchildren. From 1958 through 1998 he was in the grain, feed and fertilizer business as manager and president of the Canton Elevator. In 1964 he started the Tee Jay Quarter Horse Ranch in Canton, which is named after the first letters in his oldest son’s and wife’s names. As an American Quarter Horse breeder he has registered nearly 1,700 horses during a 50-year period and was the owner of the famous Quarter Horse “Jackie Bee,” foaled in 1962 and died in 1990. Walker has been inducted into both the Kansas (2000) and American (2008) Quarter Horse Halls of Fame; in 1991 he received the Excellence in Grazing Management award; was honored as KSU Stockman of the Year in 1999 by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council; in 2003 Duane received the McPherson County Pasture Management Award; and he was a Kansas State University Little American Royal 2004 Dedicatee. He has been president of the Kansas Quarter Horse Association twice and was on its board for over 39 years. Currently, he resides in Canton and continues to ranch with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Year inducted: 2009