Bill Price

Every racehorse owner, breeder, and trainer has great expectations with each horse that they start, but history has shown, that having a “BP” at the front of that horse’s name, increases one’s odds of owning a winner. It is well known in quarter horse racing circles, that “BP” is none other, than Bill Price of Thackerville, Oklahoma.

 

Bill Price, a native Oklahoman, along with his wife, Mary, have bred and raised so many great racing quarter horses, it’s nearly impossible to name them all.

 

Bill’s first racehorse, Master Hand Jr, purchased as a tax deduction in 1986, started the Quarter Horse racing journey for the Price family. Then came “A Real Man”, and what a horse he was. In 2002, he was the AQHA Champion Gelding, and Overall Two Year Old Champion. In 2003, the OQHRA awarded him Horse of the Year, Champion Quarter Horse Racing Stock, Champion Aged Gelding, and Champion Oklahoma Bred. Bill was the leading Oklahoma Owner and Breeder that year as well.  That same year, Frisco Fling was recognized by the OQHRA as Leading Dam of Breeding Stock.

 

Although A Real Man was one of Bill’s favorite horses, Southern Cartel shares that favorite top spot. Running an impressive two year old year, then winning the 2003 Ruidoso Derby, the Lazy E Derby, second in the Texas Classic Derby, the Rainbow Derby, Mr Jet Moore Handicap, a finalist for the All American Derby, Refrigerator Handicap, Championship at Sunland Park and All American Gold cup, being named High Point Three Year Old, and setting track records along the way.

 

After his racing career was over, Southern Cartel headed to stand at stud. But as every horseman knows, in racing, you are either riding the wave, or you are under it. On June 6, 2006, a barn fire broke out. 6 horses were killed, including Southern Cartel, the only un-syndicated stud in the barn, and a horse that Price had turned down a cool 4 million dollars for.

 

But like a true horseman, Bill didn’t let his loss of Southern Cartel discouraged him. He continued with his passion of racing and breeding. His broodmare band has included greats like Southern Policy, Frisco Fling, CC Policy, Mary’s Southern policy, named after his wife Mary, Dashing Mariah, BP She’s Southern, and more. CC Policy, Southern Cartel’s sister, was Remington Park’s small and mighty sweetheart winning the Oklahoma Futurity, and Remington Park and Black Gold Futurity trials.

 

Bill is a well-known horseman, who has won Quarter horse racing’s biggest races, Owned horses that have held many track records, including I’m a Lady’s Alibi who held the track record for 12 years in New Mexico. His breeding awards are as numerous as his racing accomplishments. He has stood horse’s at stud, sold horses at the sales, and continued to “look for that next runner”, but mostly, Bill is a husband, Dad, and Papa to his family. It’s hard to find pictures that don’t include Papa Bill holding a grandchild, whether in the winner’s circle, or in the pastures at the farm.

Carl Pevehouse

Carl was born December 10, 1933, in Oketah, Oklahoma.  He was the middle of three sons born to Theo Henry Pevehouse and Edna Marie Jones Pevehouse.  He graduated from Oketah High School and attended Oklahoma A&M. Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.  Carl and his wife Rozella met in church where he was a part time preacher, while making ends meet selling windows and siding and they married in 1955.  Carl and Rozella raised three children, Cheryl, Tammy, and Curtis.  They built their home on 132 acres of land on the outskirts of Ratliff City, Oklahoma and Carl started an oilfield supply company.  In the early 1960’s there was a new breed of cattle coming to the US.  Carl was one of the first to bring the Charlois cattle to his ranch in Oklahoma.

 

Carl had been raised in a time when young people were taught to work hard.  Being the middle brother, he had a naturally competitive nature and in school he played basketball and track.  He was always ready to run a foot race so he could win!

 

When he was only nine years old his dad let him trade his steer for a little mare called Spot.  Many fun times were had as he and his friends challenged each other to see who had the fastest horse.  Carl remembered happily that he never got Spot outrun while he owned her.  Ultimately, Carl’s folks packed up the family for a move to Colorado and he had to sell Spot.  None the less, the bug of racing fever had bitten him, and throughout the rest of his life fast horses remained one of his passions.

 

About 1974 or 75, Carl had a neighbor who owned a little mare named Threes Gal.  She had produced several daughters and Carl was longing to own a couple of those fillies.  Ultimately one morning the neighbor told Carl he was ready to sell a couple of those fillies and wanted them gone quick before he changed his mind. They struck a deal and Carl took Dough Girl and Everetta Gal home that afternoon.  Carl saved up $2500 to breed Dough Girl to Tinys Gay and he was thrilled when his first homebred foal was born early in 1977.

 

Carl was still musing over a name for his filly when he went to Delta Downs for some races.  He heard an owner chanting to one of the horses racing “Come on baby! Send me candy, baby, send me candy”.  On the drive home he was thinking about his new baby, and he knew what he was going to name her.  After that almost every horse he raised had “Candy” in the name, and Send Me Candy became the blue hen for his band of mares that led to an impressive list of homebred foals.

 

The story of Carl’s successful breeding program was almost a story that didn’t happen.  In 1976, Carl was diagnosed with myocarditis, a virus which attacked his heart muscle and put him in ICU for 28 days.  Ultimately, 19 years later the lingering damage to his heart from that virus caught up with him while on an oilfield equipment buying trip to California.  He made it back to Oklahoma where he placed on the list for a heart transplant. Carl’s new heart came when a 16 year old youth lost his life in Colorado.  Carl never forgot the gift from that young man and his family.

 

After the transplant, Carl went right back to work running his business and breeding fast horses to continue the “Candy” line.  He bred many six figure winners in the next 17 years, including This Candys Red Hot, This Candys Okay, Candy Cartel, Ima Candy Suspect, I See Candy Paint, and Haulin Candy Salt.  But of all the horses, the most special may have been Send Me Candys second foal, Send Me The Candy, who was foaled in 1994, the year before Carl’s transplant.  He had been down and out for some time after his illness and was getting short of money fast.  He had Send Me The Candy in the Remington Park Futurity.  She set the fastest time, and came back and won the futurity.  Carl said “there’s nothing like a good piece of Candy at the just the right time!”  When asked about what was his next goal, he responded saying “naturally I’d like to win a million dollar futurity” then he paused, smiled and said “my day’s a-comin.”

 

For over 30 years, he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for several years.  Carl was named Champion Oklahoma Owner and Breeder many times from 2011 through 2015.  The rest of this sweet story is that although Carl lost a tough battle against cancer, and while he didn’t live to see his dreams come true, a Send Me The Candy daughter, Jess Send Candy produced a phenomenal son, Jess Good Candy and in 2015 Jess Good Candy won the “more than a million dollar”  The All American Futurity.  His beloved wife Rozella and his children have continued his legacy by continuing to breed and race those “Candy” horses.

Perpetualism

When you look at a horse’s pedigree and see some of the most influential names in the Quarter Horse world for a half-century, you naturally assume the horse must be an outstanding individual.

 

Such is the fact for the 1993 sorrel stallion bred by Sonny Thomison and Ray Logan of Kechi, Kansas.  His bloodline trace back to Big Step, Three Bars, Impressive, Conclusive and Kid Clu. Perpetualism was bred to be royalty.

 

As a weanling in October, 1993, he was sold to Rose Poindexter of Calera, OK.  In November of 1994, Jerry Wells saw that royal potential in him.  One of his customers at the time, Joan Crews Hoyt of San Angelo, TX, purchased him with the intention that Jerry would buy him from her at a later time. In March, 1995, Wells purchased Perpetualism at the same price that Joan had paid and he now was the sole owner.

 

On his show record from AQHA, Perpetualism accumulated 28 halter points in Open, shown by Jerry and his daughter, Nancy Wells.  He also earned 6 halter points in Amateur shown by Rose Poindexter’s son, Brandon White.

 

Perpetualism earned 53 firsts, 3 seconds and 1 fifth.  Jerry Wells successfully exhibited Perpetualism to 1995 AQHA World Champion Two-Year-Old stallion, 1996 World Champion Three-Year-Old Stallion and 1997 World Champion Aged Stallion. In 1994 he earned an Open Halter Register of Merit.

 

Perpetualism was a very diverse sire.  In total, he sired 576 foals, His get earned 4390 Open Halter points, 2753 Amateur Halter points and 821 Youth Halter points.  His get earned 75 points in Open performance and 36.5 points in Amateur performance.  His get earned 96 ROMs in Open, 80 ROMs in Amateur and 19 ROMs in Youth.  His get earned 30 Superior Open Halter awards, 30 in Amateur and 4 in Youth, as well as one Superior Performance award.  He sired 168 open point earners, 118 amateur point earners and 34 youth point earners.

 

Perpetualism sired 9 Open World Championships, 10 Amateur World Championships and 4 Youth World Championships.  He also had 8 Open Reserve World Championships, 5 Amateur Reserve World Championships and 2 Youth World Championships.  He also sired 2 Amateur High Point horses.

 

One of Perpetualism’s outstanding daughters was CRL Shesa Cool Coosa who earned seven AQHA World Championships in Open, Amateur, Amateur Select and Youth divisions.  This mare won numerous times at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and stood grand champion.

 

Perpetualism’s total earnings were $ 11,001.  His get total earnings were as follows:

AQHA Incentive Fund Earnings  —   $202,951.27

AQHA World Championship Show Earnings  —    $137,890.74

National Snaffle Bit Association Earnings  —   $492.92

Palomino Horse Breeders of America Halter Earnings  —   $1342.00

International Buckskin Horse Association Halter Earnings  –   $223.00

 

In January, 2002, Jerry’s health forced him to sell Perpetualism.  Wayne and Rebecca Halvorson arranged for the stallion to be purchased by Cal and Rosemarie Loree, Loree Quarter Horses in Guthrie, Oklahoma.  In January, 2005, Ed Melzer of Guthrie, became a partnership with Cal Loree on ownership of the stallion.  Wayne Halvorson was the breeding manager of Perpetualism on behalf of Loree Quarter Horses, until the stallion died on October 4, 2006.

 

Perp, as everyone called him, loved treats and probably was the only horse that Jerry Wells ever fed treats to.  He could see that sack coming towards him and would whinny, and you knew he had to have one (per Betty Wells).  He was a very kind horse and a perfect gentleman.  He died way too early, but he left his mark.

Mr Master Bug

Few horses in history ever accomplished what this Oklahoma-bred American Quarter Horse accomplished in 1982, 1983 and 1984 when he ran 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 24 of his 25 starts while earning $1,793,718 at Ruidoso Downs, Los Alamitos, Turf Paradise and Trinity Meadows.

 

In the more than 75-year history of the American Quarter Horse Association, only 12 horses have earned more money than this brown colt bred, raised and raced by Marvin Barnes.

 

Mr Master Bug last raced in 1984.  At the time he retired from racing Mr Master Bug was the breed’s all-time leading money earner.  That is an honor that Mr Master Bug retained until Refrigerator, another Oklahoma horse who was bred just down the road from where Marvin raised Mr Master Bug, became the first American Quarter Horse to earn $2 million.

 

When Marvin passed away this past November 30 at his home in Ada, he probably knew that the $1.8 million in 1980 dollars earned by Mr Master Bug would be $3.6 million in 2016 dollars.

 

Mr Master Bug began his official race career in Texas, where he ran third in a futurity trial. In his fifth out he won the $111,000 Kansas Futurity Consolation at Ruidoso over the Champion Call Caleb.

 

Mr Master Bug was then a promoted second to Champion Yankee Win in the $618,000 Rainbow Futurity.

 

In 1982, in order to qualify for the Rainbow Futurity or the All American Futurity a horse had to prevail in two trials for each of these big races.

 

Mr Master Bug won all four of his trials races for those two futurities by margins of ¾, ½, 3-1/4 and 1-3/4 before prevailing in the Labor Day final of the All American Futurity, winning by ½ length over his stablemate Miss Squaw Hand.

 

This All American Futurity was the first to ever pay $1 million to the winner and with the second place finish by Miss Squaw Hand, Barnes earned $1,369,000 on that day.

 

Mr Master Bug won eight of his ten outs in 1982 and was the year’s leading money earner.  He was named the AQHA’s Champion Two-Year-Old and Champion Two-Year-Old Colt of 1982.

 

In 1983, Mr Master Bug won the $526,000 Rainbow Derby before being disqualified for interference from a win in the $1,319,678 All American Derby.  Had the steward not demoted him to third, Mr Master Bug would have earned another $454,593 and today be the breed’s No. 2 all-time money earner at $2,248,311.

 

Mr Master Bug won the Pilgrim Handicap at Los Alamitos and was named the AQHA’s Champion Three-Year-Old and Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 1983 when he earned $350,445.

 

He returned to Ruidoso in 1984 and won the $422,862 All American Gold Cup and the $154,010 Rainbow Silver Cup. For his 1984 accomplishments, Mr Master Bug was named the AQHA’s Champion Aged Horse and Champion Aged Stallion.

 

Somehow, the title of AQHA World Champion eluded Mr Master Bug.  However, the readers of TRACK Magazine named him the TRACK Magazine Horse of the Year.

 

The All American Gold Cup win in 1984 was the last race for Mr Master Bug.

 

Some physiological issues kept Mr Master Bug from showing his full potential as a breeding horse, though he did sire nine stakes winners and the earners of almost $1 million in official Quarter Horse races.

 

Mr Master Bug passed in 2007 at the age of 27.

 

When the AQHA holds its annual convention in San Antonio in two months, Marvin will be posthumously inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.  One thing for sure, Marvin would have talked about Mr Master Bug and Lady Bug’s Moon, two of the best horses ever in Oklahoma or anywhere else.

Lazy E Ranch and Arena

Envisioned and built by owner E.K. Gaylord II, the entities that make up the Lazy E Ranch and Arena are an incredible part of the equine breeding and western sports industries in Oklahoma and across the nation. The Gaylord family had a dedication to the horse industry, as well as the Western way of life and wished to preserve and promote it. The Lazy E Ranch and Arena has provided the vehicle to do so for the past 32 years in a way that few can match.

 

The 1,000 acre property opened its gates in the fall of 1984 and has evolved into one of the most progressive equine breeding and sales preparation facilities in the nation.  Since its inception, the Lazy E Ranch and Arena has been involved in both the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing industries at the very highest levels.

 

Known primarily for its stallion power, over the years, Lazy E Ranch and Arena has been home to many leading stallions of the Quarter Horse breed like Easy Jet, Special Effort, Pie In The Sky, Takin On The Cash, Holland Ease, Zan Parr Jack. One of the most famous, Corona Cartel, Quarter Horse racing’s Leading Living Sire, has stood his entire career at Lazy E Ranch and Arena. He has sired earners for $54,000,000 and 158 Stakes Winners. Among the current Lazy E stallion lineup are perennial leading sires of money earners, PYC Paint Your Wagon, Valiant Hero and Tres Seis – all Top 10 Leading Living Quarter Horse Sires of the world. It has also stood such illustrious Thoroughbred stallions as Slewacide, Hawkins Special and Coup De Kas. Lazy E Ranch and Arena has stood such illustrious performance stallions as Mr San Peppy, Zan Parr Jack and Popular Resortfigure, as well as Leading Paint Horse Sire Texas Hero.

 

Because of its far reaching influence, the Ranch has always been sought out by foreign breeders to assist with their expansion in developing the Quarter Horse breed in their respective countries. Lazy E Ranch and Arena is proud of its involvement in Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and Australia. Because of its international involvement, Lazy E Ranch and Arena proudly oversees mares and foals of owners from all over the world, in addition to caring for many major domestic Leading Breeders. The reason? Three millionaires and numerous stakes winners have been raised in the lush paddocks of Lazy E Ranch and Arena, as well several AQHA High Point Performance Horses and AQHA Honor Roll Champions.

 

The statistics describing the ranch activity are impressive: the ranch employs 60 people the ranch will breed around 1200 mares and foal out another 350 annually while standing 14 individual stallions. Approximately 2,000 horses will pass through its gates each year. Around 500 horses are in permanent residence at any given time. Semen to be shipped to a majority of the states in the U.S. and also to Canada and Mexico. Today, Lazy E Ranch and Arena stallions have frozen semen in use on three different continents. Lazy E Ranch and Arena is annually the largest consignor of Quarter Horses at public auction with as many as 1,000 horses per year being represented by Lazy E Ranch and Arena as agent throughout the United States.

 

Lazy E Ranch and Arena is proud to have clients with which they have been associated since its inception and value these breeders and their long association with Lazy E. In many cases, Lazy E Ranch and Arena is raising the fourth, fifth or sixth generation of an equine family for its owner.

 

On a portion of the Lazy E Ranch 1,100 acres sits a 70,000 square foot indoor, climate controlled, multi-purpose facility – the fabulous Lazy E Arena. The world’s largest indoor arena was constructed in 1984, to host the National Finals Steer Roping. The Lazy E Arena has been home to top athletes and world championship events. One of the most popular events in Lazy E Arena’s storied history is Bullnanza, developed in 1988 to showcase the top bull riders in professional rodeo. The best bull riders were paired with the rankest bulls. From those fantastic beginnings, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) was born.  Today the Arena boasts over 40 unique events a year from motorsports and horse shows, to team roping and barrel racing. Some of the premier events include the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, USTRC Shootout Championships, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Range Roundup and the Western Dressage Association World Show. Held each March, the Lazy E Arena’s marquee owned and produced event, is the Cinch Timed Event Championship of the World. During the ironman of pro rodeo’s 30 year history, the very best all-around hands have competed in each of the five timed-event disciplines, and it’s a true test of each cowboy’s grit and determination. With new events like the JR Ironman Championship, a spin-off of the Timed Event for high-school rodeo athletes, the Lazy E Arena will secure its place as a premier event facility for the next 30 years.

 

Lazy E Ranch and Arena is currently owned Gary, Micah and Leslie McKinney of Reliance Ranches, who proudly continue the Gaylord family legacy of horse industry involvement and promoting the western way of life.

 

Don LaPorte – Bud Breeding Oklahoma Spirit Award

Don Earl LaPorte of Dover, OK has been a horseman most of his life. He was raised on a farm near Hennesey, OK and began riding ponies at an early age. He got his first horse when he was about 9 years old, which he enjoyed riding on the family farm. His family primarily raised crops but also ran some stocker cattle, giving Don the opportunity to participate in 4-H activities with his horse and help gather and move cattle.

 

Typical of many Oklahoma farm-raised kids, Don was destined for country life. He and Diana married when he was 17 and in 1972, they moved to Clovis, NM where Don spent his days horseback working the feed lots. Although he didn’t finish high school, he later obtained his license and spent some time selling real estate. They moved between Oklahoma and New Mexico a few years, before returning to Oklahoma to stay in the early 90’s. Their marriage of 36 years produced one son, who is now 36 and lives in New York.

 

Don is also a diabetic and has lived with the disease since he was 10 years old. But it was in 1993 life began to really change for him and his family, the disease took his sight in one eye. He lost sight in the other eye the following year. In despair and convinced he would never ride again, Don sold all his horses and did his best to adjust to a totally different lifestyle.

 

After some research, Don got involved with a federal program known as The Randolph Shepherd Act, designed to improve the quality of life for the blind and to put them back to work in the vending industry. Don wound up with eight vending machines in Oklahoma City, which he serviced using taxi and bus transportation since he couldn’t drive.

Several years passed with Don doing his best to accommodate his disability. But something was missing from his life – something other than his sight. He finally decided to change things so he contacted the buyer of his horses and bought back his favorite AQHA mare, Star. Don began riding Star again in a small area, but it wasn’t long before he ventured out into the pasture.

 

A long time family friend, Debbie Blades, took him on his first trail ride and they’ve been riding together since.  With a friend in front of him to let him know what he’s riding into, Don and Star managed quite well. Another friend usually rides behind Don, just for added protection.

There’s never a shortage of friends willing to help him ride. Don claims he “rides a little and eats a lot” when they’re camped and really enjoys the friends. They travel mostly with riders from the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and consider Horse Heaven Ranch Resort near Talihina one of their favorite places to ride. They also enjoyed several private ranch rides sponsored by OQHA. Don and Diana also travel to Colorado several times a year to ride.

 

The LaPortes currently manage about 3900 acres of hay, grass and cattle along with the vending routes in Oklahoma City and El Reno. Don has three employees who take care of the vending business so he can work the ranch. The Triple L Farms maintain about 20 head of registered Quarter Horses and run a hundred or so momma cows. They have donated several foals to raise money for the AQHA Research Programs over the past few years.

 

In 2008, with the help of several members of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, a group of friends and Don organized a “ranch day” for a group of elementary children from the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, OK. The event was hosted by Lowell and Donna Hobbs at the Barefoot Ranch near Haskell, OK and enjoyed a day of horses, fishing and food. Now the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and Rocky & Deborah Webb host this annual event at Silver Spur Western Lodge, Haskell, OK.

 

Ray Kimsey

Earnest Ray Kimsey was born June 11, 1932 in Oklahoma City, OK to parents Deronda Kimsey and Thelma J. Jackson Kimsey.  He graduated from Putnam City High School and was awarded a basketball scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he played for Coach Henry Iba for three years. Ray’s interest in the cattle business led him to working in the Animal Science meat lab and joining the meats judging team. He credits many of his long standing friendships and customers to the time and people he met judging. During this time period, he married his high school sweetheart, Delores Hales, in 1953. Kimsey served in the ROTC during college, graduated with an Animal Science degree in 1954, and completed his military requirements in 1956. His military service taught him to be decisive and stand behind his decisions.

 

After the Army, Ray went to work for Armor & Company as a cattle buyer in Oklahoma City. The company moved him to Dodge City, KS, then Amarillo, TX, and back to Dodge City.  Ray then became an order buyer and partner in Hi-Plains Cattle Company in 1964-65, along with his partners, he built the first commercial feed yard in the Oklahoma Panhandle.  Texas County Feed Yards, Inc. was one of the largest capacity feedlots at that time with 33,000 head. He served as General Manager/Owner 1964-1992, and General Manager 1992-1996.  Kimsey is considered a pioneer in the cattle feeding business. Earning the respect and trust of his customers led to life-long business relationships. When asked what the most important factor to his success was, Ray quickly gave credit to good people that helped him along the way, and giving credit first and foremost to his wife, Delores, for all of her support.

 

Ray and Delores started with owning quarter horses for the family’s enjoyment. When long-time friends and neighbors, Dee and Barbara Follis, shared their show experience, the Kimsey’s became more determined in breeding, raising, and showing quality quarter horses with their two youngest daughters. Ray became a member, youth advisor, state and national director and ultimately the 1998 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association President. In 1998, he was involved in the launch of the OQHA Redbud Spectacular Quarter Horse Show.  As an AQHA National Director, he served on the AQHA Equine Research Committee for two years. He served as an OQHA Youth Director from 1992-1994. Ray has always had a brain for finances and the importance of staying within a budget. In this respect, Ray felt the OQHYA needed to get out of debt, so he raised approximately $30,000 to offset their debt. With part of the money raised, OQHYA assisted team members with expenses to go to the All American Quarter Horse Congress. One of Ray and Delores’ favorite memories from working with the youth is when the 1992 team won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Team Tournament and the state competition at the AQHYA World Championship Horse Show that same year with a strong set of youth kids representing all events.

 

As youth advisor and horse show parents, Ray and Delores attended many shows. Ray kept a meticulous record of the points for all the kids he knew and had the most up to date year end tabulations on hand at the shows. Delores always had food available, and several times dressed up as the Easter Rabbit for the OQHA Spring Show.

 

The Kimsey’s journey  in this industry started with a Thoroughbred mare that had been inspected and approved by AQHA and went on to raise AQHA champions and performers in multiple events, Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo horses, and National Reining Horse Association money earners and futurity winners.  Jack Kyle and Jackie Krshka became respected, trusted friends while Kimsey’s daughters showed horses and were influential in the breeding program. One of Ray’s best producing mares was a daughter of Skip N Stage, Jack Kyle’s great stud horse. Zanas Center Stage and her produce have produced money earners nearing $500,000. Ray’s breeding legacy continues to influence multiple breeding programs including Spence and Kristin Bell’s “Rafter Bell Ranch”.

 

Ray and Delores currently live in Edmond and raised six children, Mark Kimsey, Donna Costner, Dale Kimsey, Ruth Zumwalt, Kristin Bell, and the late Richard Kimsey.

Wayne Halvorson

 

Wayne Halvorson was born November 3, 1958, to Clifford and Leona Halvorson of White Earth, ND.  He grew up on a ranch and received his first horse for Christmas when he was only three years old.

 

When he was eight years old he place an advertisement in a local newspaper asking for horses to train.  Wayne started his 4-H and FFA projects with horses and cattle.  He was very busy as a teenager with his training business which he exhibited in horse shows for 4-H, open, Appaloosa Horse Club and American Quarter Horse Association horse shows, and youth, high school, college and professional rodeos.  In addition to his training business, Wayne worked cattle with his father.  They used a team of horses to feed cattle in the winter.

 

Wayne had a very diverse career during high school.  In 1976 Wayne won the North Dakota High School Bull Riding Championship.  He also trained and exhibited horses for Gary Graham and competed in Appaloosa Horse Club horse shows.

 

When he was 18 years old, Wayne began his own horse training operation while representing University of North Dakota in college rodeo events.  Wayne graduated with honors when he earned his degree in Business Administration.

 

Then Wayne was hired to work in Texas at the Tommy Manion Ranch.  He trained and showed at the most elite level of competition.  He worked for Swank Ranch in Agora, CA.  Then he moved to Willison, ND and ran an operation there for two years.  Next Wayne worked at the Diamond S Ranch in Houston TX.  He moved to Edmond OK ran his own training business.  Then he went into a five year partnership with Cal and Rosemarie Loree who owned Loree Quarter Horses in Guthrie OK.  For the past 20 years, Halvorson Ranch has been run by Wayne, Rebecca, Lauren, Austin and Calyn in Guthrie, OK, specializing in training, showing and a breeding operation.  Halvorson has managed the breeding of an impressive list of outstanding stallions throughout the years.

 

Wayne is a past chairperson of the AQHA Professional Horseman Committee, current member of the AQHA Judges Committee, was elevated to the position of AQHA Director At Large, and served twenty-five years as an Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association Director and two years as OQHA President. Halvorson was the architect of the OQHA Redbud Spectacular Quarter Horse Show and proposed the Regional Horse Show concept.  Halvorson has always been a strong proponent for the welfare of the horse and dedicated to the American Quarter Horse Association.

 

Wayne was a founding member of the National Snaffle Bit Association and the World Conformation Horse Association.  He also served as WCHA President.

 

Wayne and family have earned numerous AQHA and PHBA World Champions.  He and his wife Rebecca live in Guthrie OK.

 

Eastex

 

The story of Eastex began with breeders Dr. and Mrs. H. D. Hall of Ada, Oklahoma. Dr. Hall was searching for a breeding “magic cross” when he bred the Thoroughbred stallion Texas Dancer with the Easy Jet mare Tall Cotton. The result was Eastex, a brown colt foaled in 1982. And it was magic.

Eastex won his first race by a length in a 250-yard maiden at Manor Downs in 1984, and that was the beginning of one of the most stellar seasons of any two-year-old Quarter Horse in history. Trained by James McArthur, Eastex won the All American Futurity-G1, Dash For Cash Futurity-G1, Bay Meadows Futurity-G1 (where he set a New Track Record and a career-high 106 speed index), and 10 other races. He finished third in the Grade 1 Kindergarten and Golden State Futurities. He was the AQHA High-Money Earning Horse that year, earned AQHA Supreme Race Horse Honors, and was named the 1982 Champion 2 Year Old and Champion 2-Year-Old Gelding.

At 3 in 1985, Eastex began the year winning the Golden State Derby-G1. He then finished second in the El Primero Del Ano Derby-G1. While in transit from California to Ruidoso Downs for the trials to the Ruidoso Derby, he suffered an injury to a hind leg during a layover in Arizona. His leg became trapped between stall slats. Eastex lay quietly while power saws released him. The damage was at first thought to be minor, and he continued on to New Mexico. Eastex did not run in the Ruidoso Derby trials, but he did finish third in the trials to the All American Derby. He qualified and ran sixth in the finals, ending the year with 3 wins, a seventh in the Champion of Champions-G1, and another $268,558 in earnings.

Eastex never returned to his former brilliance following the stall incident, and he never made it to the winner’s circle again. He carried the scars from the accident for the remainder of his life. He made 8 starts at 4 years of age, finishing third in the Vessels Maturity-G1. He was also a finalist in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship-G1, World’s Championship Classic-G1, All American Gold Cup-G1, and Horsemen’s QHRA Championship-G1. He ended the year with another $27,226.

Eastex came back as a 5 year old in 1987 for one final race, finishing 7th in the Grade 1 Peninsula Championship. Eastex earned $1,573,622 as a 2 year old, and he retired with $1,869,406 from a race record of 31-13(4)-4(1)-5(3). His racing career was over, but he returned to the track in 1990 to lead the post parade at Remington Park for the race named in his honor.

In 1993 at the age of 11, Eastex was sold by his breeder/owner for $4,000 to interests in Mexico. Eastex fell off the radar, but later that year he was spotted by horseman Kenneth Winters at a barn near El Paso, Texas. Wearing racing plates. The purchaser planned to run him in match races despite his age. Winters contacted Andy Golden of Speedhorse, who couldn’t imagine such a fate for Eastex, and Golden negotiated his purchase for $10,000. The gelding was returned to Oklahoma.

Eastex was rescued by a group of dedicated and honorable horsemen, who came forward to help pay for his purchase and care. The honorary Eastex owners included Gail Butler, Andy and Jean Chavers, Sandy and Bob Erwin, Richard Fell DVM, Kenneth Freund, Robert Gentry, Jim and Marilyn Helzer, Jeff Holmes, Roger Knight Esq., Alfred Marez, Linda and Jerry Minter, Bruce and Rexanne Pilkenton (Bruce was Eastex’s jockey), Joe and Joyce Platt, Paula Platt, Dee and Betty Raper (Belle Mere Farms), Joella Rogers, Ernie Rowe, Ron and Melany Shalz, the John Shaw family, Mike Taylor, Gerald Vetter, Jerry Windham, Butch Wise and Lazy E Ranch, Robert and Cynthia Zoch, Blue Ribbon Downs, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, and his Speedhorse family.

Eastex spent the first ten years of his retirement years at Andy Golden’s ranch in Norman, Oklahoma. He and a mare immediately became inseparable. Bobbey Phillips eventually became Eastex’s main caretaker.

Eastex remained alert and in good health. Once, two of the neighbor’s weanlings escaped and got into his pasture. Eastex stood guard, flanked by the two weanlings one on each side, until they were returned to their home. On another occasion, Eastex developed a bellyache and most of the veterinarians were at a convention. Richard Joneson came from about 45 minutes away to help try to catch Eastex, who was running with his mare. By the time the gelding was caught, his bellyache was gone. Joneson jumped onto Eastex bareback and rode him back to the barn. Joneson was the last “jockey” to ride Eastex.

Eastex lived there until the property was sold, but Speedhorse continued to provide for his room and board when he was moved across the street to Belle Mere Farm where he was looked after by Dee and Betty Raper.

Eastex continued to make “celebrity” appearances across the country, attending special events and track openings and leading the post parade for the Eastex Handicap at Remington Park.

Eastex eventually developed cataracts in one eye, and then he injured it in 2002 and never regained his sight in that eye. He was always high-spirited and was described as having a “Type A” personality. He could be a little hard to handle at times, but he had a sweetness about him that he demonstrated to those who cared for him. In spite of being up in years, he loved to run and buck at dinnertime and enjoyed his retirement days grazing on green pasture.

Eastex was allowed to live out his life in dignity. At 32, the hard decision was made, and Eastex was euthanized on March 25, 2013, due to complications of old age. Andy Golden knew the end was coming, so he commissioned a master carver from Poland to make a headstone for the great horse. The stone says – Eastex ‘A True Champion’. Eastex was buried near one of his old pasture-mates at Dee and Betty Raper’s farm south of Norman, Oklahoma.

The gelding held the distinction of being the all-time leading money earning 2 year old for 27 years, only to be overtaken by Stolis Winner in 2008. Known as the “Champion,” Eastex was intelligent, noble and proud. His orneriness stoked his competitive spirit. But, he was also a gentle giant who loved people and life. His popularity never faded, and he is still missed by those who saw him race, cared for him, and loved him.