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.