Iola Hatley enters ApHC Hall of Fame

hof.jpgThe Appaloosa Horse Club is proud to announce that Iola Hatley has earned the distinguished honor of being inducted into the ApHC Hall of Fame! Iola joins her husband, George “Mr. Appaloosa”, in the prestigious ApHC Hall of Fame.

georgeiolahatley-1950s.jpgWe couldn’t resist using this photo from the archives. It’s from the 1950’s and serves as powerful evidence of commitment — to George and the Appaloosa horse (and we assume in that order).

Shortly after World War II, Claude Thompson, fouder of the ApHC in 1938, decided to engage the services of George as Executive Secretary. Somewhere around that time, Iola was enlisted to help George — and the Appaloosa Horse Club — and she’s been at both jobs ever since!

She officially became a member in 1947 and still posts her annual dues. Together, George and Iola bred and owned outstanding Appaloosas, including ApHC Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Apache Double.

Iola’s commitment to the breed is unfailing–she served as the ApHC Secretary for 31 years, helped form the Appaloosa museum, was the driving force behind the inception of Appaloosa Racing and has many other accomplishments and achievements within the breed to her credit.

Iola is an asset to the ApHC and the Appaloosa breed, and we are thrilled to honor her in the ApHC Hall of Fame!


  1. Lynn Bliss Said,

    March 3, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

    Congratulations to Iola!! VERY well deserved honor!

  2. Penny Whitehead Said,

    March 8, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

    Meant to do this before but it slipped by me. Long overdue to a very deserving recipient and dedicated Appaloosa breed supporter. Way to go Iola and wish there were a hundred more just like you.

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