Wilma Tate

We received this personal memorial for Wilma Tate from board member Dennis Dean:

I thought I’d pass along a note that Wilma Tate passed away over the weekend. I don’t have the exact date. Wilma is in the Cow Girl Hall of Fame, known for her Roman riding, and was a lifetime Appaloosa supporter beginning in the early 1960’s. She owned her own training facility where she trained students to ride Appaloosa horses. Together, she and her youth team dominated Appaloosa shows in Southern California, attended National Shows and produced a number of Champions.

One of her ApHC World Champions during the 1960’s era was Reboso Tildo, who was a hunter and jumper. Wilma was part of the group that worked with Bob Hawkins (Hall of Famer) that founded the Southern California Appaloosa Club in 1963. She served as President of So. Cal Appaloosa Club in 1964, and served on the Board of Calizona Appaloosa Club in the 1980’s. She was the principle designer of the Tenton Ranch in Lakeview, California, standing the Appaloosa stallion Cojo Bueno, where they specialized in reining, pleasure and halter. Later this facility became the Lakeview Thoroughbred Farm which is still in operation. Wilma Tate was most recently remembered for her highly successful monthly Open show circuit where her Appaloosa horses and students competed well against all comers in the Riverside area. This circuit continues today after being passed along to one of her protégés.

Wilma was well respected and looked to for equine expertise. Health issues forced her to be bed ridden for the recent past. Until then, she regularly hauled and sold horses between Oklahoma and California.

Wilma was a pioneer and an industry mainstay for many decades. She will be missed. By the way, a mare name after her, Sweet Wilma T, foaled this morning, having a colored filly.


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  1. Amberlyn Standard Said,

    May 12, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    Wilma passed last Friday, May 7th at home in Nuevo, CA. She was and still is an amazing woman. A true role model. I’ve known her longer than I can remember and can say that she touched so many peoples lives. She is loved and will be greatly missed.

    A memorial is in the planning for sometime next month (June) to be held at the Riverside Rancheros, in Riverside, CA

  2. Anne Davidson Said,

    May 21, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    Dennis – congradulations on the new filly! Thank you on behalf of my family, and the countless others (if I may) that Wilma touched throughout the years…according to Rick Davis the memorial is planned for Saturday June 26th, 2:00 pm at Riverside Rancheros.

  3. Jerry Briscoe-Johnson Said,

    July 17, 2010 @ 4:08 pm

    Hey, where do I start. Let’s start with my desire to learn to ride back in July 84, walking on Ms. Wilma Tates Ranch. I was hooked, and kept coming back. I later bought my first Appy from Wilma, that I learned so much on. He later on, reared-up with me and I ended up on my rearend. Wilma asked, “you hurt Jerry”. I answered, “yea, my shoulders sore”. Wilma answered,”good, get back on him, you’ll live; it’s a long ways from your heart. She was tough, true, honest, and most of all, “A LEGEND”. By the way, even back-in-the-day, when you was around her, you just knew, “YOU WAS WITH A LEGEND”.–Jerry Briscoe-Johnson

  4. Gail Cunningham-Flowers Said,

    September 21, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that Wilma has passed on. My sons are family members of hers and we losted touch.
    Please pass my email onto Rick.
    I need to talk to Rick.

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