Professional model – Quarter Horse enthusiast – business entrepreneur and executive are all qualities that describe Everett Salley.
Born in Burr, Texas, he moved with his mother and four siblings to Clemville, Texas, at the age of five, when his father died. He was Salutatorian of his high school class and the first football player from a Class A school to play in the Texas High School All Star. He also lettered in football at Texas Christian University.
His business career – from outdoor advertising–to a radio station – to a distributing company – to a painting company and–to the Tulsa Cow Palace is a chronicle of outstanding leadership and business acumen – success following success following success.
In his spare time, he established the Tulsa Holiday Circuit–and in partnership with Jack Anderson, conducted 68 consignment quarter horse sales in Oklahoma, Texas, California, and Florida– and several production sales, including three at the King Ranch.
At last count, Everett has produced or managed over 359 association-approved shows.
Everett’s overriding interest in the quarter horse business was his total commitment to encouraging and supporting the activities of his daughter, Lisa, and his son, Cas. Their successes in the AQHYA, OJQHA and in OPEA youth activities are too numerous to detail here, but it is noteworthy that Lisa was the first female President of the OJQHA. Both showed as youth, and because of Everett’s encouragement, both have continued as Amateurs.
Everett was President of the Oklahoma Palomino Exhibitors Association, as well as President of the Palomino Horse Breeders Of America. He was President of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association in 1978, and President of the American Quarter
Horse Association in 1993. He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2003.
Everett was President of the American Quarter Horse Foundation and is currently serving a third year as Trustee of the American Horse Council, Washington, D.C.
Everett has served – and continues to serve – the Quarter Horse industry – State, National and International – with honor and It is only proper that – tonight – we honor him by inducting him into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.