Dr. Calvin White

Calvin R White was born in Poplarville, Mississippi, to Marvin and Marjorie (Daniels) White.  His family raised all types of animals, showed cattle and horses, roped, hunted and fished. He went to undergraduate school at Pearl River Junior College, then on to Mississippi State University.  In 1977, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University.

He began the first four years of his veterinary career in Coalgate, OK.  He then moved to Ada, in 1981, and purchased half interest in the Ada Veterinary Clinic.  White purchased the other half of the practice in 2007 and remained sole owner until January 2017 when he sold the practice to his associates Dr. Durham and Dr. Bryant.

White has served on the advisory board for the Murray State College Veterinary Technology Program.  He is a mentor for the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Oklahoma School of Math and Science.  Local 4-H and FFA programs have benefited from Dr. White’s strong support of the education of young people.  He has provided programs at numerous Career Days; has been a 4-H and FFA volunteer, 4-H Horse Club Leader, and holds an Honorary State FFA Degree.

White has been active in both the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the American Quarter Horse Association.  Dr Calvin White, Alice Holmes, Tanna Smith and Robin Merrill were the founders of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Youth Scholarship Fund through the American Quarter Horse Foundation.  He is an OQHA director, the 2008 OQHA President and an Elected National Director for AQHA.  He serves on the AQHA Public Policy Committee and Chairperson of the AQHA Political Action Committee.  In March of 2018, Calvin will be elevated to the lifetime tenure designation of AQHA Director Emeritus for his ten years of service.

The veterinary profession in Oklahoma has been the beneficiary of White’s service as the Southeast District Alternate Director and as chair of the OVMA Legislative Committee.  Calvin served as the 2010 President of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr White was named 2012 Oklahoma Veterinarian of the Year by OVMA.

He has served on the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Foundation (OVMF) Board of Trustees and as OVMF Vice-President.

Dr White was one of four Auburn University alumni who were recognized as the 2013 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni.  This prestigious award is the highest honor given to an alumnus of the college to honor their outstanding contributions to animal welfare, their communities, accomplishments in veterinary medicine and the advancement of human welfare.

In his community, Dr. White is Past President of the Pontotoc County Cattlemen Association, has served on the Ada Chamber of Commerce, and as an adviser to the Pontotoc County Animal Shelter. He has served on the advisory board for Marketing and Tourism for Pontotoc County.

His greatest pride and joy however is his family.  He and his wife Norma have four children eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  They live in Roff, OK, and raise cow-bred ranch horses.  As retirement is approaching they are looking forward to trail riding and team roping.

Spanish Array

Spanish Array was a bright red sorrel 1980 stallion owned by Indian Meridian Quarter Horses, Enid OK.  He was bred by the legendary AQHA Hall of Fame Breeder Henry J. “Hank” Wiescamp, Alamosa, CO.  Spanish Array was the product of many generations of Wiescamp’s selective breeding program that concentrated on the bloodlines of the turn of the century stallion Old Fred and Peter McCue.  Sired by Skips Barber, one of Hank’s top stallions at that time, he was out of the great mare Spanish Galla, who was sired by the palomino stallion Skips Bid.

Spanish Array first came on the show scene in 1983 under the guidance of Colorado horsewoman Margaret Hammond.  He was Grand Champion Stallion at that years’ prestigious Denver National Western Stock Show.  In 1984 Hank sold Spanish Array to Marcia Miller and Glen Huddleston who transferred the ownership to Indian Meridian Quarter Horses.  Spanish Array was sent to Denny Hassett, Auburn, Kansas who campaigned him at halter earning a Superior at Halter and the prestigious title of 1985 AQHA World Champion Aged Stallion.  Spanish Array was an AQHA World Show crowd favorite that year and received cheers comparable to a rock star.  Spanish Array won 30 Grand Championship and 9 Reserve Grand Championship titles.

Heading Indian Meridian Quarter Horses’ breeding program in 1986, Spanish Array’s offspring earned 4 World Champions, 8 Reserve World Champions, 76 ROMs in halter and performance, and 20 Superiors earners.  His name is found in the pedigree of many World Champions including the 2017 World Champion Yearling filly.

Jessie Powell

Jesse Powell was born in Kinta, Oklahoma, in January of 1920. He was the sixth of eight children born to a family of hardworking farmers, who also had work horses. Jesse’s mom died when he was ten years old, he quit school, and went to work to help provide for his family.

Jesse’s first official race horse came along in 1955, Powell’s Leo San. That horse sparked his career as a bi-coastal trainer whose name appeared on numerous leading trainer standings.

In 1964, a big handsome sorrel colt, with a spot and a snip arrived, Pals Top Deck.  According to Jesse, the stallion, was the fastest horse that he had ever put a lead rope on.  He won $8,000 as a yearling, in yearling match races, before his official race career ever started. That money built Powell’s barn.  Pals Top Deck was great sire and a great broodmare sire.

The statistics of Powell’s legacy breeding program is impressive.  Many of his home bred horses set track records, achieved superior race horse awards and won and placed in stakes races such as the Black Gold Futurity and the Oklahoma Futurity.  Pals Top Cross and her daughter Pals Real Cross were awarded Oklahoma Broodmare of the year.  Pals Jetta Van won three divisions of the Black Gold Futurity and qualified for the Championship finals that boasted a purse of $1,000,000 in the 1970’s.

Jesse was an innovator and was often found at race track and state legislative meetings to promote improvements for the horse racing industry.  Because his travels across the country, he had an opportunity to observe first-hand the impact of pari-mutuel wagering on Quarter Horse Racing, and endorsed its passage for Oklahoma.  As a Director for the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission during the Remington Park negotiations, he influenced the track’s location of Oklahoma City.

Powell was an astute businessman, owning and operating a variety of businesses including co-owning Blue Ribbon Downs.  The Pals horse operation was a family effort. Jesse’s wife Anna, their son and their three daughters were involved in every aspect, from building the barn to working and raising the babies.  Powell added “Pals” as a prefix to each foal’s name so he could monitor their accomplishments after they were sold.  The Pals trademark name is still found in numerous horse pedigrees today.

Powell sponsored a Maturity race for 440 yards at Blue Ribbon Downs which attracted 4 year old and older horses.  He strived to have his horses perform at high levels, run longer distances and still maintain soundness.

Jesse Powell is a prime example of a great Oklahoma Horseman. Unfortunately, he passed away on May 15, 1987.

Miss Olene

Miss Olene was a product and a producer of American Quarter Horse racing royalty.

Bred and raced by A. B. and Kathalyn Green, owners of the Green Pastures Stud Farm in Purcell, Oklahoma, Miss Olene was by Leo, and her dam was the Patriotic (TB) mare Barbara L, both are members of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.  A.B. named the mare for his wife’s best friend, Olene Cobb.

Miss Olene was a winner on the Quarter Horse tracks, where she earned $31,022 while compiling a record of 11-3-3 in 33 starts. However, the mare is remembered most for the biggest race she didn’t win, the first running of the All American Futurity.  Earlier that summer, Miss Olene finished third in the Ruidoso Futurity and went to post as the favorite in the 11th race at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day 1959.  With Richard Lujan in the irons for trainer Jerry Fisher, Miss Olene took the early lead out of the gate, while Tonta Lass broke so hard she lost her rider.  But Miss Olene could not maintain the pace and faded to finish third in what would become Quarter Horse Racing’s signature event.

In the 1959 trials to the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association Futurity in California that followed, Miss Olene won the Bardella Handicap at Los Alamitos.

Owned for a time by Vernon Pool and Henry Hurd, both of Oklahoma, the mare later went to New Mexico, where Sarah Henderson and Harriett Peckham made her a mainstay at the Buena Suerte Ranch at Roswell.

It was her ability, as a broodmare that made Miss Olene a Hall of Famer. The dam of the earners of $700,673 on the track in the 1960s and 1970s, Miss Olene produced 17 foals, of which 15 started on the track and 10 came back as winners, four of those in stakes.

Little Blue Sheep, Miss Olene’s 1972 foal by St Bar, was the world champion aged mare twice and produced stakes winners Browns Dasher and Rheaetta, and the stakes-placed The Louisiana Girl, whose six stakes winners include the track-record-setting champion Jess Louisiana Blue, who has sired the earners of more than $7.2 million.

Miss Olene produced Little Blue Sheep’s full sisters Miss Angel Eyes, who won the Kansas Futurity and was third in Hall of Famer Rocket Wrangler’s Rainbow Futurity, and went on to produce one stakes winner and three other winners from five starters; and Takeme Freely, who won the Debutante Handicap and was third in Game Plan’s Bay Meadows Futurity, and produced three starters, all winners.  Miss Olene was also the dam of Rillito Derby winner Master’s Angel by Master Hand (TB), who produced six winners from seven starters.

Miss Olene also produced the stakes-placed Bar Tonto mare Prissy Olene and Little Bar Olene, a Three Bars (TB) filly who was second in the 1965 Rainbow Futurity and earned points at halter to become an AQHA Champion.  And one of her unraced foals went on to produce a black-type performer, Teenie Weenie becoming the dam of the stakes-winning Cashcan ($114,012).

Miss Olene was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2013.  Tonight Miss Olene continues her royal ways by being inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.

Lenas Bar

Lena’s Bar (TB) came from a line of great runners and passed on the legacy.

Lena’s Bar (TB) was bred and owned her entire life by legendary horseman and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Walter Merrick, Sayre, OK.  The chestnut mare was sired by Three Bars (TB) and out of Lena Valenti by Gray Dream in 1954.

The mare did not start her running career until she was 3.  New Mexico was the only state that allowed Thoroughbreds to compete in regular Quarter Horse races during the 1950s.  However, Thoroughbreds were not allowed to participate in the Quarter Horse futurities for two-year-olds.  Lena’s Bar finally got her start in 1957, starting eight times and winning four.

On July 26, 1959, Lena’s Bar won the 400-yard Bright Eyes Stakes at Ruidoso Downs and three weeks later took the 400-yard Miller Motel Allowance at the same track.  She ran against world champion racing horses Go Man Go, Vanetta Dee and Double Bid.  Lena’s Bar also won the Buttons and Bows Stakes and C. L. Maddon’s Bright Eyes Handicap, both at Albuquerque in 1958.  By the end of her career, she started 76 races against Quarter Horses, garnering 24 wins and earning $28,311.

Lena’s Bar was put into Merrick’s broodmare band in 1962.  She produced five foals, each of which won races and earned Registers of Merit on the track, while earning $557,199.

Lena’s Bar was bred to Tonto Bars Hank, winner of the 1960 All American Futurity and Champion Quarter Horse Running Stallion.  Her first foal was Delta Rose who had 16 starts as a two and three year old and won three races and placed in four stakes.  Her second filly by this cross was Mayflower Ann.  From 23 starts, she garnered ten wins and was stakes placed.

The mare’s two most successful offspring resulted from her courtship with Jet Deck, a racing world champion who was the first Quarter Horse to earn more than $200,000 on the straightaways.  AQHA Champion, Jet Smooth became successful on the track, in the show arena and as a breeding stallion.  Easy Jet, her last foal, and perhaps her most famous foal, redefined what it was to be a Champion Racing Quarter Horse and highly successful stallion.  He sired 348 racing ROM earners, 18 performance ROM earners and 23 halter point earners.  His get earned $2,546,842 on the tracks.

Lena’s Bar was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2003.

Johnny Boone

Johnny Boone was a 1965 Quarter Horse AAA Stakes placed stallion.  He’s the son of the World Champion sire Rebel Cause AAA and his dam, Me Bright AAA was a stakes winner and multiple producer.  She was the dam of two All American Quarter Horse Futurity qualifiers, Me Gotta Go and Bright Rebel (full brother to Johnny Boone).  Me Bright was by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Leo, who was a leading sire of Quarter Horses for over twenty years, and his grand-dam was the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Maddon’s Bright Eyes AAA, who held five World Champion titles.

Cleo Maddon claims her husband, C.L.“Tess” Maddon, named the stallion.  Tess was a legend in New Mexico for his race horses, and was a “drinking man”.  He named the horse for his best drinking buddies “Johnny” and “Boone”.  Later his owner Cleo Maddon, moved from the old home place to Willard, New Mexico to stand the stallion, in what she considered a “hub of the racing Quarter Horse world.  Then he stood at the popular Frisco, Texas ranch owned by B F Phillips.  In 1978, the Maddons sold Johnny Boone to Dan and Charlotte Dailey from Tupelo, OK.

When Johnny Boone was twenty years old, Dan was convinced that the stallion could be a leading sire.  He only needed more foals on the track.  Dan lowered Johnny Boone’s stud fee and over 100 horse breeders came that first year.  Some say that Johnny Boone was a “poor boy’s horse,” something affordable and his offspring were athletes who could cut, rope, run barrels and race.  Hunka Boone 86 SI became a roping champion multiple times and went to the National Finals Rodeo several years.

In 1985, Johnny Boone’s get were the first and second place horses in the Darrell Rose Memorial Futurity, Ronnie Boone 102 SI and Sunny Boone Suite 100 SI.  The winners kept coming, and he sired Appaloosa and Paint runners.

Marvin Barnes of Ada, OK ran a son of Johnny Boone named Mr Boone Bug 101 SI and he won ten races and $46,966.  This colt was Flicks Bug’s first foal, she next produced All American Quarter Horse Futurity winner and 2017 OQH Hall of Fame Inductee Mr Master Bug.  Nita Boone 111 SI owned by local school teacher Sandra Mantooth of Ada, OK, was a multiple stakes winner and World Record holder at 300 yards.  J T McConnell ran Jay Boone 99 SI and he was a multiple winner.

Dan Dailey decided to sponsor the Johnny Boone Futurity at Ross Meadows in Ada, OK.  He added $1000 to the purse and only 2 year old Johnny Boone foals were eligible.  The purse grew to $15,000.  There were over thirty Johnny Boone foals in the first trials.  No other stallion in the area had such a futurity.

Johnny Boone sired 283 ROM’s, 163 ran 80 +SI and 98 ran 90+ SI and 11 had Superior Race awards.  One daughter, Kitty Boone 99 SI qualified for the prestigious Champion of Champions Invitational race in Los Angeles. CA.  Six of his offspring set new track records and one matched the World Record.

Connie Golden

For thirty-four years, Constance “Connie” Golden was the owner and publisher of Speedhorse, Inc. After acquiring the company in 1977, she transformed the struggling, indebted publication into a strong voice for the Quarter Horse Racing Industry. In her role as publisher, Connie felt a deep responsibility to use the publication’s platform to make the industry healthier.

Connie was born in Elmira, New York in 1935. Due to her father’s job, her childhood was spent moving to different cities in the United States. In the 1940s, she even lived here in Oklahoma City where her father opened the hub in the city for American Airlines. Her ties to Oklahoma did not end there. Her grandfather was a well-known oilman working as a geologist with Skelly Oil at the early stages of the oil boom.

Connie’s global perspective was shaped by early international experiences. She completed high school in England in 1953 and was a member of the first graduating class of the Central High School in London. Later in the 1950s, after studies in accounting at the University of New Mexico, she moved to Rio de Janeiro with her then-husband, the late Julius Golden of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was covering South America for the Associated Press. In Brazil, Connie launched a successful modeling career and taught English and American Literature at the University of Brasil.

Through her hard work, savvy business acumen and courage, Connie was a pioneer business woman, who served as an example for other woman striving to succeed as entrepreneurs and managers. Connie began her career in business in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 1960s opening Connie Golden Real Estate, which quickly grew into one of the largest real estate companies at the time. Later she worked in residential property development in both Albuquerque and El Paso, Texas.

After moving to Norman, Connie was offered the opportunity to purchase Quarter Racing World, which she renamed Speedhorse shortly after the acquisition. With just four employees, Quarter Racing World was in debt for a quarter of a million dollars, and was on the verge of failure. Through her determination, Connie succeeded in paying off the debt in one year. Under her leadership, Speedhorse grew quickly. Within three years of Connie taking the helm of Speedhorse, it was transformed into the leading publication in the industry. In 1980, she purchased the Stuckey’s building on I-35 and Goldsby, which she redesigned and renovated.

This move came at time of deep changes in the publishing and the Quarter Horse Racing industries. The new building housed a main frame computer, which required a specially designed climate controlled room to hold what was at the time cutting edge technology for managing complex data bases. Connie envisioned a Quarter Horse pedigree service for the industry that could be downloaded from anywhere in the world. To run both the publishing and pedigree service, Speedhorse at its peak employed more than 100 people. Unfortunately, due to the financial crisis of the early 1980s, she was forced to close the data base down. But from the perspective of today’s Internet and online services, Connie was an innovator trying to bring this new technology to the Quarter Horse Industry.

At heart, Connie was an entrepreneur, never satisfied with business as usual. In 1980, she started the Thoroughbred Times, a bi-monthly publication, which she sold in 1981 to a Kentucky-based firm.

By the early 1990s, the industry had recovered, and Speedhorse was once again at the forefront of change, this time focusing on developing breeder-based races. Connie, together with her son, Andrew Golden, established the Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Races. The futurities carried an overall purse of more than $700,000 in 1990. The Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Races are still a visible part of the industry today.

In the early 1980s, the writer Scott Wells approached Connie with the idea of Speedhorse publishing his book on the Jockey Jerry Nicodemus and the horses he rode. The Nicodemus Era turned out to be an elegant limited edition book, which is still sought after today, 35 years later. In the late-1980s, Connie traveled throughout Mexico, meeting with leaders to profile the developing racing industry there. An outcome of that trip was a full issue dedicated to Quarter Horse racing in Mexico.

Stallions always figured the most prominently in Quarter Horse racing, but Connie believed that the broodmares were not getting the recognition that they deserved as drivers of the industry. That’s why she dedicated the June issue of the magazine to featuring editorials on Broodmare accomplishments and founding the Broodmare of the Year Award.

Connie was courageous as a publisher and committed to Speedhorse being a strong voice for the health and long-term viability of the industry. Over the course of a year in the early 1990s, Speedhorse ran a series on the importance of introducing blood-typing to halt the practice of falsification of breeding documentation. At the time, horses could be registered without any verification to their true breeding. The issue was really hot at the time. For its actions, Speedhorse received threats, trying to stop future publications on the topic. Connie pushed forward with the articles, which was a major victory in bringing legitimacy to this part of the industry. Connie felt a deep commitment to journalism’s role in writing about difficult topics, which, at times angered clients and cost advertising dollars. Although to the end of her day, Connie was convinced that for the industry’s sake, this reporting was imperative and took precedence over profit. Her motto was “if it was good for the industry, it was good for Speedhorse.”

Connie was known for her work ethic. Her son, Andy noted in a recent article published in Speedhorse that Connie “was not a 9-to-5 person, she was a 24/7 type of person.” She worked closely with employees to help them achieve their potential within the organization. It is a tribute to her management style that there are so many employees that have been with the company for decades, and that are still involved in shaping Speedhorse’s future.

Despite her very public role and full life running a business, Connie’s priority overall was her family. Her biggest joy and pride was that she was able to work alongside her son Andy on a daily basis. The company’s major growth happened because of their partnership.

In 1996, Connie was diagnosed with severe COPD. Connie died in June 2012. For the last 14 years of her life, Connie served as a model for how people with chronic disease could still live productive and fulfilling lives. Connie worked full-time until her retirement in 2010. She exercised daily and was also a consummate and very talented painter. Most of all, Connie was an extremely dedicated and loving mother of two and grandmother of two.

Luke Castle

Born in Columbia, Missouri, Luke grew up on his family’s commercial cow-calf operation with his parents Bill and Anne (Dixon) Castle, and his six brothers. It was there, that Luke had his first experience with horses while working cattle.

He debuted at his first open horse show with a palomino quarter horse mare.  They entered every event and were hooked.

Luke began his first job when he was 16 years old working at James Bryce Quarter Horses during the summer.   As his love for horses continued to grow, he begin competing on the national level at American Quarter Horse Association horse shows as a youth competitor. Denny Hassett hauled Luke and his great mare Go Lucky Valentine.

After graduating high school, Luke went to work for Joe Edge, owner of Edgewood Farms, in Pilot Point, TX. He spent three years there before taking a job with Roberto Guerra Velasco of RGV Quarter Horses in Purcell, OK.  While working for Roberto, Luke earned his very first AQHA World Championship in 1989 with Sugar Ray Cool.

As a result of this accomplishment, he determined it was time to establish his own training operation.  Luke wanted to model his business after his longstanding mentors, Denny Hassett and the late Jerry Wells. Over the years, he continued to seek their advice along with Glenn Cantrell and Frank Merrill.

While working at RGV Quarter horses in Purcell, Luke met the love of this life and future wife Abbi at a 4th of July cookout. They have been married 25 years, have two wonderful children, Cash and Coralee.

Luke is blessed to have owned, raised or shown some legendary horses including Sparkle Sierra, Solaris, Kids Classic Style, Statutory and Mr Elusive. Luke has accumulated 39 AQHA World Championship titles and ranks 7th on the list of open exhibitors who have earned AQHA World Championships.

In addition to a thriving halter horse business, Luke is the third generation to continue his family’s legacy of breeding and raising bulls to comply with the Professional Bull Riders Incorporated’s rigid selection criteria.  Luke also purchases and conditions yearling horse racing prospects.

In the 1990s, Luke began participating in the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association. What began as only a membership grew into an OQHA Directorship. Then, he was elected to the OQHA Executive Board, and ultimately the 2006 OQHA president.  In 2008, OQHA elected him to become an AQHA National Director. He has been on the AQHA Show, Nominations & Credentials, Hall of Fame, Judges, Public Policy, and Animal Welfare Committees.

Luke’s commitment to his mentors and OQHA was demonstrated after Jerry Wells passed away in 2008. Luke contacted Glenn, Frank and Wayne Halvorson and asked them to assist in honoring Jerry by developing a futurity which awarded scholarships to Oklahoma Youth.

They presented the concept to Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the futurity was created. Together, Betty Wells and Luke have worked numerous hours on the Jerry Wells Memorial Scholarship Futurity.

Luke is a founding member of the World Conformation Horse Association, and was instrumental in the development and management of the Breeders Championship program. He was elected to the WCHA Executive Board and served as the 2016 WCHA President. He was also the architect for the WCHA Hall of Fame.  Luke holds judges credentials with AQHA and WCHA.

Castle Ranch in Wayne, OK, a multifaceted family run operation.  Luke also delights in coaching the kids’ in high school sports or assisting with their halter, roping and barrel horses.

Ada Horse Sale

In 1962, Kenneth Winters, his late brother, Pete, and A.W. Heubsch, purchased the Ada Pony Sale located in Ada, Oklahoma, from Asa Hutchinson.  Hutchinson bred Shetland Ponies and held successful sales there for many years.

Brothers Pete and Kenneth Winters became the principal operators.  After remodeling the size of the horse stalls, Ada Horse Sale was created.

The Winter brothers knew nothing about running a horse sale. So they went to horse sales at Fort Smith, Arkansas and to the Robertson brothers’ Haymaker Sales Company in Oklahoma City, to see how it was done.  They learned their lessons well.

The first sale was held on Thursday, August 23, 1962, and had 138 head of horses. It turned out to be a big success.  So it was decided to have four sales a year; March, April, August and November, on Friday and Saturday nights.

There was hardly any place to sell a horse back then other than a regular livestock auction, so they decided to start charging the first-ever consignment “entry fee” and utilizing that to advertise the sale heavily to the public. They decided to charge $100 for the entry fee then a 5% commission fee of the horse’s purchase price.  The Winters advertised in the fledgling Quarter Horse Journal and other periodicals.

The consignment and commission turned out to be a really hard sell at first, but many people began to come to see how well the horses sold and what they sold for.  Word spread.

In order to expand the business, the brothers bought a lot of horses and sold them through the sale ring.  Before long more stalls had to be built, bringing the total to 525 stalls.

Ada Horse Sale was in the perfect location. Ada had a racetrack, Ross Meadows, South Central Oklahoma had a lot of horses, plus they could draw from northern Texas.

Only the best auctioneers were hired by the Ada Horse Sale; Hank Weiscamp, Walter Britton, Dean Parker, Tom Caldwell, Bill Tackett, Don Green, Eddie Wood, Jack Campbell, Ike Hamilton to name a few. The equine periodicals, such as the Quarter Horse Journal would send ring men such as F. E. “Butch” Wise.

The Ada Horse Sale motto was “the sale built on fact, not fiction” and every customer received their personal attention.  Sellers were paid the day of the sale.  The majority of sales were Quarter Horse, but they annually held one of the top Appaloosa Horse sales in the Midwest.  They also held Paint Horse and Thoroughbred horse sales.

Special sales or benefit auctions were held in conjunction with regular sales.  One was held for Darrell Rose, who was at that time breeding manager for Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductee Roy Browning Ranches in Ada.  He had was previously worked for Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees Rowland Stanfield Jr and Robert “Bob” Moore.  Rose needed a heart transplant.  The benefit raised over $86,000.

There were buyers and sellers that attended from almost every state in the nation, Canada and Mexico.  The sale ran continuously from 1962 until it was sold in 1982.  Pete and Kenneth decided to sell the facility and do something different.  Unfortunately, the new owners only lasted one year after it was sold.

Kenneth moved to Purcell in 1985 and built the Purcell Expo Center located on Interstate 35, where he ran horse sales for nine more years. In 1994 he sold the Purcell Expo Center to the McClain County Commissioners for their county fair facility and returned home to Ada.

Silver Spur Western Lodge – Bud Breeding Oklahoma Spirit Award

Silver Spur Western Lodge, Haskell OK is the recipient of the 2018 Bud Breeding Oklahoma Spirit Award.  The Silver Spur Western Lodge and the Silver Spur Arena, is locally known as “The Red Barn.” Many events and parties have been held at the Silver Spur Western Lodge, including benefits to help people in their time of need.  But one of Roy and Rose Anna Webbs’s favorite groups to host annually since 2010, has always been the students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind during the Western Heritage Day sponsored by the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association.

Because of the Webbs’ generosity, the OQHA is able to make it a day to remember for the students, parents, teachers and volunteers.  The students may choose from riding a horse, a mechanical bull, a wagon, or a stagecoach.  They also learn to rope, bungee jump, rock climb or fish from the 100 year old bridge.

Roy was born in the doctor’s office in downtown Haskell to Goodlowe and Eva (Goble) Webb.  He grew up in the country as the youngest of five brothers and two sisters.  Roy’s father was a farmer and his mother a busy stay at home mom.

Roy, along with his older brother, established Silver Spur Ranch about 1975, so they could rope and ride.  His dad and older brothers taught Roy many things about working the land, raising livestock, and running heavy equipment.  The brothers started Silver Spur Construction Company in 1980, and grew it to a thriving business specializing in dirt, rock work and soil erosion prevention.  They have successfully bid and been awarded numerous government contracts.  Roy’s older brother is now retried, but Roy continues as a construction contractor working alongside his son, Waco and their crew.

Retired school teacher, Rose Anna is Roy’s wife of almost 40 years.  Rose Anna was born to Charles and Rosemary (Waterworth) Lienheart of Muskogee, OK.  She also grew up in a large family of thirteen children.  Faith and hard work were a big part of her family’s life, especially after her father passed away when she was 11.

Together, Roy and Rose Anna have three children and six grandchildren.  They feel they have been very fortunate to have raised their children in the small, friendly community of Haskell.  The Webbs enjoy living south of town on the ranch with cattle, horses, mules and show pigs.  Their home was always full of faith, family, hard work, laughter and fun.