The George B. Hatley Memorial Wing opens at the Appaloosa Museum

ApHC building 1Horse lovers on the Palouse gathered at the Appaloosa Museum in Moscow Friday afternoon to celebrate its newest addition.

The museum held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its George B. Hatley Memorial Wing. Hatley helped revive the Appaloosa breed after it came close to extinction in the 1920’s, and he was the original founder of the museum.

“He made it his life’s work to promote the breed, and bring it to prominence and get it respect, and in the process, made it one of the most recognizable breeds of horses in the world,” said Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center Board Member Juli Thorson.

The museum was established in 1975 to collect and exhibit objects that illustrate the history of the Appaloosa horse, and its connection with the Palouse and Nez Perce Native Americans.

Hatley’s wife and son attended Friday’s ceremony to cut the ribbon and speak about his legacy. The museum is located off the Moscow-Pullman Highway, near the state line. If you want to check it out, it’s free to visit.

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Promotion Bonus

svmS13coverJust have to mention that the Appaloosa breed and its unique history (and the Museum) received a nice bit of exposure in the summer/fall issue of Sun Valley Magazine, a high-end publication in our part of the world. The article by Jody Orr includes some ApHC photos that you’ve seen before along with several Nez Perce images. Probably doesn’t hurt our cause that the issue features Clint Eastwood on the cover!

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World Sale Note

20130910_125723At the beginning of the World Sale Oct 30th, we’ll be auctioning this special item to benefit the Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center. The cookie jar is a one-of-a-kind running horse piece by Winchester Pottery. It is a free-hand piece, uniquely decorated with horses and landscapes. Winchester Pottery is showcased in select galleries and gift shops across the country and has created personalized trophies and awards for the NY Racing Association as well as dozens of other regional and national clubs. Winchester Pottery’s equine pieces are known for their realistic colors and patterns, correct conformation and gaits, and the artist specializes in representing individual breeds accurately.

Bid and buy in-person or online at the 2013 Appaloosa World Sale!

Look at the Appaloosa Museum Raffle Horse Now – Winner!

IMG_8074Ochocho Nikki (aka Nik), the 2011 ApHC Museum Raffle Horse, now has a Silver Buckle to his name and represents the Appaloosa breed in many good ways. Nik and his owner, Debbie Herzman, won the Indian Division in the San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Parade held this past weekend (Saturday, March 23, 2013) in their first time out as a parade duo. Parade organizers reported it was the largest equestrian turnout in its 55 year history with over 600 horses in various divisions overall.

In 2011, Nik was donated as a 2 year old to the Museum for their annual raffle by Rafter DS Ranch in Fossil, Oregon and the rest is very happy history! He went to a new home with Debbie in Southern California and there began a slow but steady riding career. Nik has a calm, cool temperament and his colorful coat pattern attracts people wherever he goes. Fall of 2012 was his show debut with positive results and now in 2013 he is in full swing on the Appaloosa circuit, open shows (signed up for ACAAP) and parades. Nik is 97% Foundation bred and looks fantastic in Native American Indian regalia. The pair will join in Calizona’s future parade efforts too!

Submitted by Leslie Foxvog

Appaloosa Museum Raffle Horse

The Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center is holding its annual fundraising Appaloosa horse raffle. This year’s horse is a three-year-old gelding generously donated by Christy Wallace of Schriever, Louisiana.
Say Halo to Me (Whiskey) is a true representation of the Appaloosa Breed and happens to be darned handsome and friendly. He is sired by Scottish Halo (Thoroughbred) and out of Hunting Up Color, by The Hunter. He placed at the World Show in Yearling Longe Line and in Hunter In Hand.

Tickets are $5 each or FIVE FOR $20. You may purchase as many tickets as you wish and it’s a simple process if you go to the Museum page of this web site. Tickets must be purchased by October 19, 2012 12PM PST, the date of the drawing. The winner is responsible for all transportation costs from Moscow, Idaho.

Remember, even if you don’t win, participation in the raffle provides important revenue for the Museum.

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Appaloosa Museum needs a raffle horse!

One of the annual fund-raising activities of the Appaloosa Museum is a horse raffle. We are still in need of a critter for this year! The generous donor makes a tax-deductible gift and the museum generates some much needed revenue to be used for a variety of projects and activities. If you or anyone you know might be interested, here are some of the criteria:

We’d like an Appaloosa that is obviously Appaloosa in appearance; whatever the age, we’d really like to have a horse that is broke to lead, tie, haul, groom, etc. and free of know genetic issues. The donor would be responsible for a vet check for soundness and routine health requirements. If a riding horse, it should be suitable for a wide range of potential new owners.

The donated horse would not need to travel until the raffle drawing (usually October). Delivery arrangements will up to you and the new owner.

Anyone interested in helping the cause can reply here or contact the Appaloosa Museum directly. Crystal White is the museum director and would be delighted to visit with you about the process. Her phone # 208.882.5578 ext. 279 and her email: Thanks!

Museum Christmas

Santa stabled his reindeer and rode an Appaloosa to greet visitors at the Museum Christmas Open House last Saturday. Youngsters waited patiently in line to pose for pictures atop Patches, our reliable Appaloosa ambassador. Then they waited patiently in line to sit on Santa’s lap. Then they visited the culinary lab to decorate their very own horse cookies. Then they ate some cookies. Then they stopped by the Museum area set aside for Christmas card production. In all, it was a busy day for a very nice crowd of families. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make it a great Appaloosa Christmas!

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“A Song for the Horse Nation” exhibit at Smithsonian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., opens a major exhibition this fall that explores one of the greatest sagas of human contact with the animal world — American Indians and horses. The exhibition opens Oct. 29.

Through an array of 122 historic objects, artwork, photographs, songs and personal accounts, “A Song for the Horse Nation” tells the epic story of how the return of horses to the Americas by Christopher Columbus changed everything for Indians — from the way they travelled, hunted and waged war to how they celebrated generosity, exhibited bravery and conducted ceremonies. It shows how horse trading among tribes was the conduit for the magnificent spread of mustangs in the Plains and Plateau regions of the United States, as well as how horses became the inspiration for new artistic expressions and rich traditions that continue to this day.

“When American Indians encountered horses — which some tribes call the Horse Nation — they found an ally, inspiring and useful in times of peace, and intrepid in times of war,” said Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the museum. “The exhibition shows how these splendid creatures came to represent courage and freedom to many tribes across North America.”

Life-size model horses, one pulling a 19th-century Cheyenne travois (a frame used to drag heavy loads over land), and another tacked in a dazzling display of fully beaded traditional Apsaalooke (Crow) regalia used in parades today, will also be on display. Other highlights include rifles belonging to celebrated mounted warriors Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Chief Joseph (Nez Perce) and Chief Rain-in-the-Face (Hunkpapa Lakota) and the famous ceremonial dance stick (ca. 1890) of No Two Horns (Hunkpapa Lakota), which he created to honor his well-loved horse that died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

The exhibition shows how Native horse traditions continue today like the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Young Horsemen’s Program, which seeks to preserve the Appaloosa horse breed made famous by their ancestors. Horse traditions thrive on the Crow Indian Reservation — their annual fair in southeastern Montana typically includes more than 2,000 horses and features elaborate parades and “giveaways” in which members of the tribe give horses to relatives and friends as a gesture of generosity and honor. A similar gesture among the Lakota is the tribe’s annual trek on horseback called the Oomaka Tokatakiya (Future Generations Ride) in South Dakota which evolved from an annual healing journey to honor those who died at Wounded Knee. During the two-week, 300-mile journey, riders experience some of the hardships their ancestors endured as a physical, spiritual and intellectual remembrance.

“A Song for the Horse Nation,” runs through Jan. 7, 2013. The exhibition’s website is at The exhibition’s ongoing blog is at

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Road trip

We were pleased to see a Moscow to Riggins, Idaho “Road Trip” featured in the April/May issue of American Cowboy magazine. Even better, the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center is spotlighted as the place to visit in Moscow. There is also mention of the Nez Perce National Historic Park Visitor Center in Spalding along with John and Rosa Yearout’s Sweetwater Appaloosa Ranch near Lapwai. Another portion of the trip includes White Bird Pass and White Bird Battlefield, sites familiar to many ApHC members who have participated in the Chief Joseph Trail Ride.

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Museum open house

The annual holiday/Christmas open house at the Appaloosa Museum was this past Saturday. A larger-than-normal crowd of youngsters and their parents stopped by to visit with Santa, perch for a while atop the ever-patient Shadow shown here, decorate horse-shaped cookies and just play around. With the help of museum staff and board members as well as a great group of volunteers from the University of Idaho, everyone had a great time. And, the event made the front page of the local newspaper today (that’s harder to do than you might think).

There are a few more photos in the flicker album (menu at left).

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Time to buy your raffle ticket

In case you forgot, this is your friendly reminder that the Appaloosa Museum colt raffle drawing is October 11th. This year’s colorful star is an April weanling by Secret Admirer. He was donated by Rocky Top Appaloosas of New Salem, North Dakota.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. You can order online at or by calling 208.882.5578 ext. 279.

This recent photo proves that he’s growing and looking good.

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Horse n Around Weekend

For those of you within reasonable driving distance from Moscow, consider joining us August 27-29 for the inaugural Horse ‘N Around (HAW) Weekend. Activities benefit the Appaloosa Museum and Latah County Sheriff’s Posse. There will be a “fun” ride with prizes, a trail challenge sanctioned by the American Competitive Trail Horse Association (visit and click on the “Moscow Ride”), another leisure trail ride, dinner, entertainment and all sorts of fun people to meet. Location is the Pony Club Grounds near Deary, Idaho. Camping, horse pens, showers, water, etc. are available.

To sign up for camping, reserve a spot for dinner or to just let us know you’re coming for the fun stuff, email or visit

To sign up for the ACTHA ride you’ll need to pre-register at (Moscow Ride).

Museum raffle horse 2010

This year’s Appaloosa Museum raffle horse looks like a winner to me. He’s a 2010 colt sired by Secret Admirer, by The Secret and his dam is Awe Keloa Dreams, by Awe Striker.

A big THANK YOU to Rocky Top Appaloosas, owned and operated by Bill & Jeanette Cook of New Salem, North Dakota. With more than 26 years in the horse breeding and showing business, Rocky Top Appaloosas has a proven history of producing good minded Appaloosas and Quarter Horses with superior movement, athletic ability, and desirable conformation. We sincerely appreciate their generosity and support! You can visit their website ( for more information about other horses — in case you don’t win the raffle.

The museum website will have more information about tickets and the timeline for giving yourself a chance to take this fancy guy home with you.

If you happen to be in the Moscow neighborhood this weekend, it’s time for the Museum’s annual Appaloosa Fest on Saturday from 11:00 – 2:00. There will be fun and games for the entire family. The little ones will have an opportunity to ride a horse. I’m guessing there will be plenty of options for everyone else.

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Appaloosa Museum raffle countdown

You have until midnight February 14th to purchase a $10 ticket (or as many as you want) for a chance to win a 2010 breeding service to the Appaloosa stallion AN AWESOME SECRET. Proceeds benefit the Appaloosa Museum. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, by mail or in person. No excuses!

Visit for all the details. You can also visit for additional information about this National and World champion and Top Ten sire at halter and longe line.

Thanks again to Mark and Gail Smith for their generous support!

Appaloosa Museum stallion service raffle

AwesomeSecretDoc2Be sure to pop on over to for all the details about a raffle going on NOW. You could be the winner of a 2010 breeding to AN AWESOME SECRET. He’s by THE SECRET and is a National and World Champion and Top Ten sire of halter and longe line horses. This special opportunity has been made possible through a donation by owners Mark and Gail Smith of Fargo, North Dakota. You can learn more about “Awesome” at

The raffle has officially started and will close at midnight PST, February 14, 2010. Tickets are only $10, so help yourself and support the Appaloosa Museum at the same time. Good luck!

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