Iola’s Hall of Fame presentation

iolamuseumhalloffame-004.jpgIola Hatley is this year’s inductee into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame. We made it semi-official this past weekend in a presentation at the museum. A video and announcement will also be included at the awards banquet in Jackson during the National Show. Since Iola doesn’t plan on making the trip, it seemed like a good idea to have a bit of ceremony for her and give local folks the chance to share the moment.

Mr. Appaloosa, George Hatley, was obviously pleased at the recognition given to the best office manager he ever had. Several Museum board members were also in attendance and added their congratulations. iolamuseumhalloffame-005.jpgIola received a plaque, a bouquet of roses, a lifetime membership jacket and embossed membership card. She expressed genuine appreciation for the Hall of Fame honor and seemed especially glad that she no longer needs to borrow George’s lifetime member jacket.

Juli Thorson offered a testimonial tribute and recounted her early days at the Appaloosa Horse Club which involved some serious “orientation” and training from Iola. For more than 30 years, Iola captained the office staff and, according to Juli, made sure everyone knew the full scope of operations and could handle questions on everything from registration to trail rides.

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  1. Jodie LaRosh Said,

    June 9, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    Thank you Iola! Your lifelong dedication to this breed will always be remembered and appreciated!

    Jodie LaRosh

  2. Richard Lankford Said,

    June 9, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

    Glad you had a ceremony for Iola even though she won’t be in attendance at the awards banquet at the National show in Jackson,MS. The video will do it upright for those of us who will be attendance at the banquet.
    When you think of the Appaloosa Horse Club, two people come to mind, George and Iola Hatley. Others have followed but these two people are the keys.
    Congratulations to Iola on induction to the Hall of Fame.
    Richard & Helen Lankford
    Princeton, IN

  3. Patty Dawson Said,

    June 23, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    Phil had wondered about the Hatleys shortly after you had the article in the journal. We are into Kansas now and he was wanting to let the Hatleys know that the two boys we are riding are stronly influenced by Iolas horse Apache Double. Congratulations on selecting an outstanding member to the hall of fame!

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