O.J. Martens

The Appaloosa family has lost another really good one. To simply state that O.J. was a horse trainer and judge seems to be the proverbial tip of the iceberg. He will be missed by many.

Orville J. “OJ” Martens, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Saturday, June 30, 2012. He was born in Buhler, July 2, 1926, the son of Nick and Elizabeth Froese Martens. He was a graduate of Buhler High School, a lifetime member of Union Valley Bible Church, was an inductee into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame, was given a lifetime achievement award with the Appaloosa Horse Club. OJ was a horse trainer and Appaloosa horse judge.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Union Valley Bible Church, 1916 East 30th Avenue, with Pastor Steve Hodgson officiating. Burial will be in the Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. Monday all at Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Union Valley Bible Church, in care of the mortuary. Visit to leave a remembrance or condolence for OJ’s family.

information “borrowed” from the Hutchinson News

Categories: Announcements /People

Joyce Nutland

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of a life long member of the Appaloosa Horse Club UK. Joyce Nutland passed away on Wednesday 20 June 2012.

As a founder member and director of the ApHC UK Joyce was instrumental in forming the club in February 2000. Joyce was passionate about the Appaloosa breed and played an active role in running the club in the early years. Her legacy to the Appaloosa world lives on through the progeny of her incredible stallions Amazing Blue and Joe Glow.

Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends at this difficult time.

From The ApHC UK Directors

Probably anyone who has participated in the Chief Joseph Trail Ride in recent years thinks of Joyce as a friend. We will miss her! We also received this tribute from Tim and Janette Keeley:

We met Joyce for the first time in the late 1980s as we shared a common passion for appaloosa horses. Joyce was that glamorous ultra professional person leading around that awesome and nearly as glamorous horse Amazing Blue. Despite Joyce’s enormous knowledge and experience however she turned out to be totally approachable and helpful and provided us with all the help that two novices new to the horse showing world needed – she even lent us her horse for a whole year in 1997! I am sure we have all been at the receiving end of Joyce’s famous two hour phone calls full of help, advice appaloosa bloodlines and hilarious anecdotes.

Joyce’s knowledge and foresight in the Appaloosa and Western riding world has proved legendary. She single handed was the driving force behind the formation of the Appaloosa Horse Club UK in 2000 .She imported in Amazing Blue and Joe Glow the two most influential stallions of recent years, both such Amazing horses that they were both UK and European Champions and both independently selected to appear in Gala performances before her Majesty the Queen, Amazing Blue in 2002 and Joe Glow just a few weeks ago.

Although Joyce withdrew from Appaloosa politics in the last few years this gave her the opportunity to really concentrate on her first love and go back to Appaloosa roots on the Chief Joseph Trail ride in the USA, in her element with hundreds of Appaloosas and Appaloosa enthusiasts.
I am pretty sure that Joyce is at this very moment on a trail ride in the sky, sitting on a fabulous Blue black stallion with a white blanket and spots and chatting and having a joke with Chief Joseph about the finer points of Appaloosa breeding! Happy riding and we will all miss you.
Tim and Janette Keeley

Categories: Announcements /People

Dr. Corpolongo

For those of you who need details about the memorial service for Dr. John…it’s tomorrow.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Grand Lake Casino Lodge and Event Center, Hwy 10- 26301 S. 655 Road, Grove, OK 74344, (918) 786-4406. Donations in his name can be made to: The Christian Medical Clinic of Grand Lake, Inc., POB 451368, Grove, OK 74345; Integris Grove Hospital Building Fund, 1001 E. 18th Street, Grove, OK 74344 (Attention- Cathy Trewyn); or The ApHC Scholarship Fund, ApHC Museum at the Appaloosa Horse Club, 2720 W. Pullman Road, Moscow, ID 83843. No flowers please.

Dr. John

Our beloved John D. Corpolongo, D.O. died this past weekend while on his way home from a trail ride. “Doc” has been a fixture on ApHC trail rides for many years and has a belt buckle to prove it. He’s participated in more than 100 of ours and probably hundreds of others. He’s most famous for being the official ride physician on the Chief Joseph Trail Ride. Besides being a skilled medical guy, Dr. John was a great character, sage and friend. We’ll have more information about services as they become available.

To say that Doc was a special person is a pretty weak statement. He was one of the best friends and supporters of the ApHC we can imagine and he will be greatly missed.

You can also read the bio from our Hall of Fame page on the website. He was inducted into the ApHC Hall in 2002 and the Trail Ride Hall of Fame in 1995.

Categories: Announcements /People

New Hampshire Horseperson of the Year!

Karen Dodge from Pittsfield, NH was awarded the NHHC 2011 Horseperson of the Year award during a ceremony at the Farm & Forest Expo on Friday evening February 3, 2012. Karen, a life-long horsewoman, lives, works and owns Chinquapin Hill Farm, in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. The farm is a boarding, breeding and training facility where the manure is conscientiously composted for recycling on the beautiful flower gardens planted and tended by Karen herself. Extra compost is distributed to local landscapers and gardeners. Chinquapin Hill clients range in age from five to over sixty-five. Disciplines include, but are not limited to: driving, pleasure showing, ranch skills, recre¬ational riding, hunters, trail and dressage! As a result of this variety, Karen has versatile horses and happy clients from all over the country. A recreational rider or nationally recognized competitor both gain skills and confidence with Karen’s personal and special gentle “hands on” approach to learning.

Karen has always been an active rider and horse trainer in the Appaloosa Horse Club (APHC) and New Hampshire Quarter Horse Associations (NHQHA). She often volunteers her time with these Associations, hosting clinics at her farm and other venues. She is a long time NHQHA Platinum sponsor. Promoting the interest of youngsters interested in equines, is very special to Karen. Karen also gives of her time and effort to a wide range of other types of horse events in New Hampshire; breed and open shows, fairs, clinics and recreational rides. And she also strongly encourages her students and clients to volunteer at events and shows as a way of “giving back” too. She has for many years been a contributor of WLNH Children’s Auction. Even in these difficult economic times, Karen does her part to support the equine industry in New Hampshire.

Over the years, Karen has held numerous positions on Boards and Committees at the State and Regional level. She is an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Professional Horseperson, and is involved in the show rules/regulations committee and monitors fair and humane treatment of horses at nationally sanctioned shows. Each year she volunteers her time, working with APHC and AQHA at the Massachusetts Equine Affair in November.

Karen works to maintain a good rapport with other industry professionals both locally and across the country. She encourages her students of all ages to “try everything”. She trains her horses to be versa¬tile; taking pleasure show horses to ride on the beach, go on a trail ride, compete at a dressage school¬ing show, and even participate in a cow-working clinic! She invites other instructors to her farm for special sessions and continues to take lessons herself, updating her own informational base.

With Karen horses come first. She is “there” for the horse that needs extra attention at whatever time the horse may need it. Karen is the one who will be up all night with a mare and her new foal or a sick horse. In sub zero temperatures she will be out in the barn adding an extra blanket or extra shav¬ings to the stalls. Often in mid-summer, Karen will drive at night to keep the horses cool while trav¬eling to a show. Karen is that selfless person “behind the scenes” for so many other people’s personal success stories. As clients progress with their interest and skills, she travels with them to regional, national and world shows, where she has coached many successful rides. Recently a senior client who had been off horses for a year was patiently encouraged to ride after hip replacement. Karen is the trainer that makes the un-rideable Mustang able to trail ride with its owner. She is the teacher that empowers a student too scared to get back on her horse after a serious leg injury, not only to ride again, but to show and win many high point awards. Karen’s upbeat “can do” attitude and patience motivates an over fifty “mom” to go from the sidelines to riding and winning AQHA All Around High Point Award in two years!

Karen lives the life and the passion of horses! Her selfless devotion during a lifetime of work and accomplishments are the undeniable reasons for her being chosen as the 2012 NHHC Horseperson of the Year!
(New Hampshire Horse Council media release)
Congratulations Karen. The Appaloosa Horse Club is proud of you!

Susan Zimmerman

Susan Ann Zimmerman, August 13, 1946 to January 3, 2012. Once in a while you meet someone whose life touches others in a special way and Susan Zimmerman was one of those people. Born Susan Ann Hollenbaugh in Naval Hospital of San Diego, California, to parents Janice and Robert Hollenbaugh, Susan grew up with her sister, Nancy. She was a horse crazy, “wild about the western way of life” cowgirl. although Susan lived the majority of her life in San Diego she longed for the Texas lifestyle and was planning to buy her dream ranch and move there in her retirement. The award winning horsewoman spent her spare time honing her riding skills and training her Appaloosa horses with her friends. Susan was an active member of the Calizona Appaloosa Horse Club and spent many hours announcing at horse shows and manning the entry gate for the club.

Susan had a personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and lived according to her faith and the creed of her favorite movie star, Hopalong Cassidy, which included being kind to animals, truthful at all times, respectful of her parents and proud to be an American. A celebration of her life is being planned. She will be missed by those who loved her and those whose path was touched by hers.

Photo: Susan showing her yearling filly, Rockin Yer Dreams, aka Dazzle, to a Reserve World Championship in 2002.

Categories: People

ApHC Hall of Fame inductees

The Appaloosa Horse Club is pleased to announce this year’s crop of inductees into the ApHC and Racing Hall of Fame.

Individual Hall of Fame:
• Royce Crosby
• Sylvia Haines

Horse Hall of Fame:
• Blazing Hot Spots, 1998 gelding
• I Love Willie, 1983 stallion
• Joker’s Sleepy, 1960 stallion
• Ms High Five, 1986 mare – automatic induction via production record
• Ms Gunsmokes Doll, 1995 mare – automatic induction via production record

Racing Hall of Fame (voted on by ERC):
• Cheryl White
• Nellies Girl, 1975 mare

2011 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at the Open Awards banquet in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the 2012 National Show. They will also be recognized in the Appaloosa Journal and the 2011 Yearbook.

Mary F. Ramsey

Mary F. Ramsey, 57, of Adams Center, NY, died Monday, Jan. 2, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Piddock Funeral Home, Adams. Burial will be in the spring in Union Cemetery, Adams Center. Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6.

Born May 19, 1954, in Trenton, N.J., daughter of Robert J. and Agatha Young Maloi, she graduated from Orange High School in Moreland Hills, N.J., and William Woods College, Missouri.

She worked as a horse trainer at farms in North Carolina, Canada, Bonnie Castle Stables in Alexandria Bay and purchased the Golden Horseshoe Stables, now know as the Royal Stables in Adams Center.

She married Barry W. Ramsey on May 2, 1994, in the Rodman United Church of Christ.

Following their marriage the couple lived in Adams, then in 2001 they built their home in Adams Center where they lived the rest of their married life.

Surviving are her husband, Barry W.; her father. Robert J. Maloit, Hazelhurst, Ga.; two brothers Robert J. Jr. (Barbara) Maloit, Julian, Pa., and Frank (Barbara) Maloit, Marshfield, Mass; three nephews, Patrick, Kenneth and Daniel Maloit, and a niece, Shanna Townley.

Her mother died before her.

She was a great lover of dogs and horses and belonged to several horse clubs in New York State where she was well regarded.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Appaloosa Youth Foundation, c/o the Appaloosa Horse Club, 2720 W Pullman Rd, Moscow, ID, 83843.

Categories: Announcements /People

Carla Strauss

Carla Strauss, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, passed away early this week. Visitation will be Thursday December 15th , 6-8 p.m. at Hoover Funeral Home in Harrisburg. Service will be held Friday December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home (visitation also from 10:30 – 11:00 on Friday).

Carla served as Appaloosa Horse Club director from 1994-1997 and represented Territory V on the Appaloosa Youth Foundation Board. She was especially active in the Keystone Appaloosa Club, serving as secretary, treasurer and show chairman. Carla managed a computer-based horse show record system and worked as many as 30 shows a year. As noted by friend Judy Harrison, “Carla has been like the Energizer bunny when it comes to anything Appaloosa.” Daughters Bonnie and Connie (Burchett) are a significant part of Carla’s Appaloosa legacy.

Hoover Funeral Home is located at 6011 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17112. Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice For All Seasons and sent to or to the Appaloosa Youth Foundation, c/o ApHC Moscow, ID.

Categories: Announcements /People

Vote for your favorite trail horse tonight!

Don’t Miss the SECOND voting episode at 8pm EST on September 27, 2011 (that’s tonight)!

Watch the second ten finalists as they compete to earn your vote and their share of the $100,00 in prize money! America’s Favorite Trail Horse will air at 8pm EST on HRTV DISH channel 404. Every episode will be shown FREE on simultaneously at 8pm EST. Voting starts as soon as the episode is over at 9pm EST and will be open for 48 hours per episode. If you missed any of the episodes, you can still watch it at

How to VOTE:

Ten horse are showcased in each of the 10 episodes, with one horse chosen
as a winner of each $5000 episode. The 10 winning horses then proceed to
the final round where 3 grand prize winners will be awarded a total of
$50,000. Only one vote per email address per episode and voting starts
after each Tuesday night episode at 8pm EST.

Last week’s winner was Marjorie Chema riding Emmy Lee! (1/2 Spanish Arab
1/2 Oldenburg)

Every Vote counts! Pass the word! Tell us your Favorite!


by Juli Thorson

NOTE: A memorial service will be held in Moscow at the University of Idaho Administration Auditorium at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Oct 15th. A reception will follow at the University Inn Best Western at 4:00 pm.

George B. Hatley, past executive secretary of the Appaloosa Horse Club and one of the breed’s most tireless supporters, died September 16 (2011) in Moscow, Idaho, of causes related to age. He was 87. He was widely known in the horse world as “Mr. Appaloosa” for his efforts to preserve and promote the Appaloosa horse, and is a member of the Appaloosa Hall of Fame.

Hatley was born July 18, 1924, to Ray and Neva Dole Hatley on the Hatley ranch south of Pullman, Washington. He attended elementary school at the Irene country school near Union Flat Creek, riding horseback to the schoolhouse. He was exposed to Appaloosas and stories about them at a young age. A great uncle had fought in the Nez Perce War of 1877, and a smattering of area farmers, cowboys, and native Americans still possessed the occasional Appaloosa.

In 1936 Hatley’s family moved to a farm west of Moscow, near the present location of the Appaloosa Horse Club. He graduated from Moscow High School in 1942. He acquired an Appaloosa stallion, Toby II, during this period, and after reading an article about Appaloosas in an issue of “Western Horseman,” joined the newly created Appaloosa Horse Club as member No. 45.

Hatley worked on the construction of Farragut Naval Training Station and later took basic Navy training there. After discharge from the Navy , he met ApHC founder Claude Thompson, who soon appointed him to be his assistant. Hatley took the reins as executive secretary in 1947, the same year he married Iola Golden. He attended the University of Idaho on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry. The couple’s son, Craig, was born in 1955.

Hatley worked as executive secretary of the Appaloosa Horse Club for 31 years, the early ones without pay. He started the association’s magazine, “Appaloosa News” (now “Appaloosa Journal”), published its first studbooks, implemented the first National Appaloosa Show and Sale (held in Lewiston, Idaho, in 1948 and 1949), and started the Appaloosa Museum. He wrote hundreds of articles and several books, including “Horse Camping,” a classic now in its third printing.

He was instrumental in development of the Chief Joseph Appaloosa Trail Ride, and rode the 1,300-mile route of the Nez Perce War Trail twice. He also completed the 100-mile, one-day Western States Trail Ride, or Tevis Cup, across the Sierra Nevada. Hatley enjoyed horse racing and had two winning lines come from his breeding program. The Appaloosa racing stallion Double Patch won 22 races, and another stallion, Apache Double, won 18 races and went on to become an all-time leading sire.

He was a longtime cattleman who also enjoyed driving horses and collecting horse-drawn vehicles. He made his Deary, Idaho, ranch available for Pony Club, dressage and combined training, 4-H trail rides, and driving events. The Apalousey Trail Ride and Dutch Oven Dinner, a benefit for the Appaloosa Museum, has been held there the past 14 years.

Hatley received numerous honors throughout his life, including membership in the Idaho Hall of Fame and a showcasing in “Sports Illustrated.” In 2004, the United States Pony Clubs designated Hatley a legend for his efforts on behalf of USPC.

He greatly prized an honor presented to him during a Lewiston Roundup by the Nez Perce tribe, where he was presented with a pair of beaded buckskin gauntlet gloves and a Pendleton blanket.

Hatley is survived by his widow Iola at their Moscow home, along with son Craig and daughter-in-law Cheri Hatley in Deary, plus grandchildren Justin Hatley and Danielle Hatley Pierson (Derek), and a sister, Veletta Frink. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Berneda Hamilton.

Details of a memorial service are pending. Burial of ashes will be at the Hatley Cemetery south of Pullman. Hatley left an epitaph for his gravestone, which is to read, “He has returned to the hills he loved as a boy, and will be a part of them forever.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Appaloosa Museum, 2720 West Pullman Road, Moscow, ID 83843, and the Hatley Cemetery, P.O. Box 1035, Pullman, WA 99163.

Categories: Announcements /People

Art Gaytan memory

A good memory from Christy Wood:

I am saddened with the news that my friend and Appaloosa Horse Club Judge, Art Gaytan, passed away a few weeks ago. He loved all horse breeds and was a well rounded judge. I have many stories that include Art, as I am sure many of his judge friends can also remember, but one in particular. It was an Appaloosa show being held at the Paso Robles fairgrounds in the mid 1980’s. Art entered the Heritage class (then called the costume class) as a brave. And brave he was, as the only thing he was wearing was a breech cloth and carrying a bow and quiver, and riding bare back. When he came into the line up and the judge, Billy Harris, walked to him for his story, Art, asked his horse to lay down and he crouched behind him as his interpretation of being in a battle and using his horse for a shield! Magnificent! Billy did not think so, and went with the rule that a horses shoulder and hip can not touch the ground and DQ’d Art! It still is a wonderful memory of the talent that Art had with horses and his enjoyment of life. In this photo I have sent you from left to right are Art Gaytan, Judy Wright, Myself, Christy Wood, and Sonny Williams. The picture was taken at a breed show held at the Orange County Fairgrounds. God’s speed, Art, and I’ll be riding bareback with you again sometime.

Categories: People

Ben Johnson

Our apologies for being slow with this announcement. Note that Ben was the longest-serving member of the ApHC Board of Directors.

Ben Johnson was born in Provost, Alberta, Canada July 13, 1916 to Jacob and Lydia Johnson. He passed away July 29, 2011 at his home in Delta, CO.

After moving to the Grand Junction area in 1928, Ben attended and graduated from the Appleton School and later attended Ross Business College.

Ben married Dorothy Eastman on Feb. 16, 1941. Their three children are Jerald Johnson (Vicki), Linda Kukal (James), Claire Diers (Gordy).

Ben had a diverse career which included farming, raising horses, and was a recognized and approved horse show judge, uranium driller, artist, and teacher. Ben owned and exhibited 4 National Champion Appaloosa horses as well as training record setting Appaloosa race horses. Ben was the longest serving director of the Appaloosa Horse Club as well as serving as Vice-President for many years. Ben and two of his horses, Patchy and Patchy Jr. are in the Appaloosa Hall of Fame.

In 1975, Ben and Dorothy moved to the eastern slope of Colorado and lived in La Veta for several years before moving to Trinidad, Co where he accepted the position of instructor of fine arts at Trinidad Junior College.

Ben was commissioned to design sculptures by the Appaloosa Horse Club that were presented as awards. He was commissioned by the Trinidad Chamber of Commerce to sculpt the Coal Miners Memorial which sits in the town square. He was commissioned to sculpt and design the Trinidad Junior College’s Trojan mascot which is on display on the campus.

Ben and Dorothy had been married for nearly 58 years when she died in 1998.

Ben married Lois Dick in Trinidad in 2002 and they moved to Delta in 2005 to be near family. Lois died in 2006.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Lydia, brother Raymond, sister Hanna and granddaughter, Sherri. In addition to his children, he is survived by 4 grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, and Jerimiah Johnson and Audra Diers, six great grandchildren, brother Clarence Johnson and sister Ruby Woodcock and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Saturday, August 6th at Taylor Funeral Home in Delta, Co. Graveside services followed at Elwood Cemetery in Fruita, Co. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations to be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P.O. Box 24, Delta, Co 81416.

Categories: Announcements /People

Appaloosa Makes 4400 Mile Journey Across the USA

Note from: Bobbie McTimmons, Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Lewis Co. Chapter; ApHC member

Thought you might be interested in meeting “Wolf” (the Appy) who has walked (both packing and being ridden) from Quoddy Point State Park in Maine to Grayland, WA — a 4-year, 4400 mile trip, 20 miles a day! The trip was made in four laps, side-stepping bad weather each year to return home/beginning the next year, as weather allowed, at the point left off the previous year.

My attached photo (the 3 horses and 2 riders) appeared in the Chehalis, WA “Chronicle” on August 18, 2011. Wolf is the only horse of the three pictured who made the entire trip. The blurb which was published with the photo explains all.

Wolf left Maine June 16, 2007 and arrived at the Pacific Ocean on August 21, 2011. Luckily the two long riders did not experience any of Washington’s famous rain while crossing the state. The rain started the day after they completed their journey.

Wolf belongs to Deb Yavorski, who had a life-dream to ride across the USA. She started out with two horses. Her “non-Appy” Walker proved to be too traffic shy to be safe and she next she bought “Mercury”, her Arab. Deb York joined Yavorski in Montana for the final leg of the trip. She borrowed the QH, “Chiquatah”. The two horsewomen met years earlier at a stable where Yavorski worked and York boarded her horse. Both women are from New York. York rode to honor her mother who passed away in 2007 from leukemia. She says she wanted to do something “extraordinary” before she passed from life (and the trip definitely qualifies in that category).

Deb Yavorski is a member of the Long Riders Guild. She plans to write a book about the trip across the country. I came away from several visits with the two women with the idea that no matter what anyone may say, America is a wonderful place – both women told me that people have been “AMAZING”! Additionally, both women firmly believe that ‘God will provide’ and have many stories to illustrate their belief.

As of today, the women have rented a car and plan to see the Olympia coast beach. (Their horses are being boarded and are resting up while the two long riders see some country and visit). Yesterday plans were being made to have a horse hauler pick up the horses for transport back to New York. The QH was loaned to York and is going back to his pasture in Montana and will work on a pack-string. York plans to get hay in as soon as she gets home and get some painting done around the place. Just business as usual! She is thinking about riding the Pacific Crest Trail in two years. Deb York retired from a job as a cable line woman in 2007; Deb Yavorski will return to her two jobs — she works for an inventory company and subs for the post office. Deb Yavorski is 49; Deb York is 57.

Art Gaytan

We received this note from Dennis Dean:

I just received word that Art Gaytan (Pahrump, NV) passed away last monday. He was a horseman until the end. He also battled cancer for the last several years and seemed to be doing well. Art was inducted into the Pinto Judges Hall of Fame last year and has been an ApHC judge for over 30years. He was a very successful trainer and an active Director for the Calizona ApHC in the 1970’s. He judged a show for Calizona just last year and planned to retire this year. He was fun, knowledgeable and giving. He will be missed.

Dennis Dean

Categories: Announcements /People

« More Past Entries More Recent Entries »