Milestones/ News

PHBA Past President Terry Furnish

PHBA Past President, Terry Furnish of Middletown, IN passed away March 22, 2021 unexpectedly. He is survived by his beloved wife Melonie and his son Ben, daughter Betsy, grandchildren, his brother TJ, his family and so many friends. Terry loved PHBA and was proud of his service to PHBA. Melonie has asked that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to PHBA in Terry”s name.

Jan Glover-Hallum retires from PHBA

After nearly two decades of being the voice behind the phone, Jan Glover-Hallum retires from PHBA. Jan started her tenure under Cindy Chilton-Moore. She continued for many years, took a short sabbatical and returned in 2011. Jan announced her wishes to retire in October of 2020. Jan was a figure within PHBA prior to taking on the job as receptionist, for many years she would volunteer at the World Show. She is a favorite amongst the PHBA membership and will certainly be missed by all of those that worked with her in the office. All of us at PHBA wish Jan a very happy retirement.

Lester “Les” Baskerville – February 13, 1945 – October 15, 2020

PHBA is sadden to hear of the passing of long time member, supporter and dear friend, Les Baskerville.

Lester “Les” L. Baskerville, 75, of rural Kellogg died on Thursday October 15, 2020, at his home.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory.  The service will also be streamed live on the funeral home Facebook page.  The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m., Friday, October 30, at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to Spenser’s Underground Ministries may be left at the funeral home during the services (, P.O. Box 361 Spirit Lake, IA 51360).

Les, the son of LuVern Lester and Beulah Darlene (Krohn) Baskerville, was born on February 13, 1945 in Lake City, Iowa.  He grew up in Lytton and graduated from Lytton High School. Les worked for the Newton schools as the head night custodian for 20 years, retiring in 2009.  He was also a member of the Iowa Horse Industry Council, served as Treasurer for the Palomino Horse Breeders Heritage Foundation, and was past President of the Iowa Palomino Exhibitors Association.  Throughout his entire life he also farmed.  In addition to his love for Palomino horses, he also enjoyed fishing, Jack Russell Terriers, and family history.

Les is survived by his wife, Ginny Baskerville of Kellogg; children, Steven (Sandy) Baskerville of Spirit Lake; Tim Baskerville of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Gina Johnson (Wayne Morris) of Osceola, and Lester M. “Marty” (Tania) Baskerville of Kellogg; his special sons, Keith (Kalie) Braden of Kellogg and Will Mortenson of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Lucas (Laura) Booher, Stephanie (Brad) Clark, Samuel Baskerville, Sawyer Baskerville, Ashley (Grant) Henry, Zachary (Nicole) Johnson, and Braden Baskerville; his great-grandchildren, Colt Henry, Steven Booher, Everly Johnson, Nolan Johnson, Daniel Booher, and Boone Clark; his sister, Marlene (Ken) Shadle; sister-in-love, Linda Baskerville; two brothers, Bruce (Pam) Baskerville and James (Deb) Baskerville; and his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Herman “Hoppy” and Edna Boersma; grandson, Spenser Baskerville; and brother, Warren Baskerville.


NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire Shine’s Brighter Than Hollywood

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – May 4, 2017 –  The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce its newest unofficial earner of the Million Dollar Sire milestone, Hollywoodstinseltown. The 2004 AQHA Palomino stallion, owned and bred by David Silva, Sr. joined this elite club after his offspring’s great success at the 2017 National Reining Breeder’s Classic (NRBC). Together, Hollywoodstinseltown’s offspring unofficially earned over $52,000 throughout the event.

Hollywoodstineltown is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Miss Tinseltown. His success isn’t limited just to the breeding shed; Hollywoodstinseltown boasts over $185,800 NRHA lifetime earnings (LTE) during his show career. The flashy palomino’s accomplishments include: 2007 NRHA Futurity Open Prime Time Champion and Open Level 4 finalist with NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and Three Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay; 2008 NRBC Open Level 4 finalist with Tim McQuay; 2009 NRBC Open Level 3 Champion and 2009 NRHA Derby Open Level 4 Reserve Champion and Level 3 Open Champion with Marco Ricotta; 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist with March Ricotta; 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ Team Competition Gold medalist and Individual Competition fourth place.

Hollywoodstinseltown’s highest money-earning progeny include:

  • Tinseltown Fly Guy (out of Fly Flashy Jac): NRHA LTE over $249,300
  • Smokinghot Hollywood (out of Smoking Rose): NRHA LTE over $79,300
  • Tinseltown Flash (out of Billie Gun Flash): NRHA LTE over $57,100
  • Missedouttinseltown (out of Miss Sliding Peppy): NRHA LTE over $30,800
  • Woodys Toy Gun (out of Gunners Pearl): NRHA LTE over $29,500

NRHA congratulates Hollywoodstinseltown and his owner, David Silva, Sr., for achieving Million Dollar Sire status.

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
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William “Tony” Porter

William “Tony” Porter, a long time horse trainer & exhibitor, died at his home in Sandy Hook, MS on Saturday, March 11, following several weeks in the hospital/rehab, then a brief time at home on hospice care. Tony & Reba, his wife of nearly 50 years, had to close their horse operation a couple of years ago due to serious health issues. Until then, they were active in the halter horse classes at both AQHA, PHBA & PtHBA shows. Also, they were the primary forces behind the success of the long running Rainbow Futurity in Baton Rouge, LA for many years. Horse folks around the country may remember the Porters and wish to express condolences to Reba and the family. The address is: 36 Cheramie Road, Sandy Hook, MS 39478.

A memorial service celebrating Tony’s life will take place on Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m., in the Sandy Hook Baptist Fellowship Hall on John Ford Home Road, Sandy Hook, MS. Friends and associates are invited to participate and share their memories from all the good times shared through the years.



jabramsJohn Abrams Dec. 1, 1935 – Oct. 25, 2016

The PHBA is sad to announce the passing of one of its long-time member, judge and friend John Abrams.

From working as an arena crew member to being in the judge box, John Abrams was no stranger to the show pen. He was involved with national breed shows for over 30 years. Abrams has served the American Quarter Horse Association for more than 18 years. He had also worked the PtHA World Show, AQHA World Show, APHA National and World Show, PHBA World Championship Show and the Appaloosa Nationals.

When it comes to judging horse shows, Abrams had acquired quite a list. Holding judge cards with 11 associations, he had the opportunity to judge every major breed association’s National or World show. He had also judged several international shows, traveling to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Germany, Honduras, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden, Uruguay and Mexico. He had his PHBA judge card for 29 years. Abrams was an active supporter of youth and had served on the Oklahoma 4-H Advisory Council for four years and had been the Chairman of the Oklahoma 4-H horse Show for over 10 years and was a Past President of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association. Abrams was from Edmond, Okla. and lived with his wife, Susan Abrams. Together, they owned a training facility, specializing in Youth and Amateur halter and performance horses for over 25 years.

John passed away October 25, 2016. There will be no public funeral service for John.

The Pinto Heritage Foundation will be accepting donations to create the John Abrams Memorial Scholarship. If you would like to donate, please contact Dorothy Fread at or ​​​​​​​(405) 491-0111 ext. 225.


William “Will Bill” Collier, 86, passed away on October 15, 2015 in Quitman, Texas. Bill’s JBC Ranch in De Funiak Springs, Florida, showed in the PHBA in 1994, 1995 and 1996. He was proud to have such horses as “One Wild Honey”, “Skilled Promotion” and “Cache Bunny”. His halter horses were shown by Steve Tidwell of Tidwell Training Center and Susan Bragg of Braggwood Farms. His western pleasure mare , Cache Bunny” was reserve champion in the NW Fl PHBA. He also was proud to stand his stallion, IMA Dandy Bar Dude” at the JBC.

Bill was a US Army veteran and  a fishing charter boat capitan  before getting into the horse business.

He will be missed and loved by his wife, Jan, of almost 23 years. He stilll had 3 horses, dogs and donkeys that will miss him also.


GQ GOLD STRIKE, World Champion times 3


GQ Gold Strike, owned by Judy Patton of Sawyer, OK won all three divisions of the Color class at the 2013 PHBA World Show in Tuncia, MS. GQ Gold Strike is a 2007 gelding by Mister GQ and out of the mare Krugers Cheyrel. Ms. Patton showed the gelding in the amateur and he was shown by Josh Larman in open and Korbin Larman was the handler in the youth division. This makes the 2nd World title in Open Color for this horse.


Marie K. White, Hebeisen March 18, 1921-July 12, 2012

Mrs. Marie K. White, Hebeisen, 91, of Walkerton, Indiana, and formerly of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012, (central time) at her home. Marie was born on March 18, 1921, in La Porte, to James L. and Rose (Ganier) Quinn and lived in this area her entire lifetime. She retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 19 years as a packer. On June 10, 1939, in La Porte she married Warren L. White who preceded her on May, 24, 1983, and on January 13, 1984, in La Porte she married Alfred “Buff” Hebeisen who preceded her in 1996. She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church, Koontz Lake, Indiana. She was an avid horse woman and showed Palomino quarter horses throughout the Nation, she trained and showed two National Champions, she was a member of American Quarter Horse Association, member of the Palomino Breeders Association, loved to ride trail, run pole…

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Nu Chex To Cash
Joins NRHA Two Million Dollar Ranks

Oklahoma City, Okla. – April 26, 2011 – Since 1993, an eye-catching palomino stallion named Nu Chex To Cash has accumulated fame and recognition in the sport of Reining. Four years after becoming the sport’s 15th National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire and just two years after being inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame, he has once more elevated his status becoming the 10th NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire. His offspring’s official NRHA earnings now total $2,002,150. Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Tex., has owned Nu Chex To Cash since 1995 and has bred his top three earning offspring.

The 22-year-old stallion, bred by Margaret Drown of Santa Ysabel, Calif., had much success in the show pen from 1993 to 2002 earning over $57,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 2002, Nu Chex To Cash and Jessicah (Keller) Torpey, of Princeton, Ky., were awarded the NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Reserve World Championships and the NRHA Intermediate Open and Limited Open World Championships. In the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), Nu Chex To Cash earned 379 AQHA points and Superiors in Reining and Working Cow Horse. In 1999, he was the AQHA High Point Reining, Senior Reining, Working Cow Horse and Senior Working Cow Horse champion and repeated the Senior Reining High Point title in 2001.

Nu Chex To Cash (Nu Cash x Amarilla Chex) is well known for his progeny’s achievements. Pop Gun Cash BB (out of Sugar Pop Gun, bred by Deborah Strahman) is the stallion’s most recent earner. The gelding and Susy Baeck earned $15,190, the co-championship in the level 4 non pro divisions and championship in the level 3 and level 2 non pro divisions at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity. He is owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.

Nu Chex To Cash’s leading progeny include:

– Big Chex To Cash: Owned by 23 Partnership, bred by Hilldale Farm, $194,260 NRHA LTE, 2005 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 2007 NRHA Open Derby Reserve Champion, Reining by the Bay Open Derby Champion and 2009 AQHA Senior Reining Reserve World Champion.

– Wimpys Little Step: Owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC, bred by Hilldale Farm, $185,760 NRHA LTE, 2002 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire. Among his outstanding offspring, Wimpys Little Chic is NRHA’s highest money-earner, $514,755, and a 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee.

– Hot Smokin Chex: Owned by Curtis-Hof GmbH, bred by Hilldale Farm, $181,320 NRHA LTE, third place in the 2004 NRHA Open Futurity, fifth place at the 2005 National Reining Breeders Classic and  2004 Open Champion in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity.

– Lil Joe Cash: Owned by Russell Giles, bred by Kurt and Angie Harris, $157,450 NRHA LTE, and 2011 NRHA Open Futurity Champion.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body of the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. The NRHA strives to educate its members and the public about Reining. For more information on the NRHA, or the sport of Reining, please visit or call (405) 946-7400.


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National Reining Horse Association
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Phillip A Williams passed away at his home of a heart attack in his sleep, 3/13/2012, with no history of illness.

Phil was a three time world champion in trail between 2008 and 2010, also a two time reserve champion in trail between 2008 and 2010 on Chiefs Lady Dollie.

2008 reserve JR Trail

2008 champion in SEL Trail

2010 reserve in SR Trail

2010 champion in AM Trail

2010 champion in SEL Trail

Phil had expressed to me at the 2010 worlds this was his happiest time in his life when He made his victory lap around the arena, after he won his second championship in one day in his last class for the day. I had later asked him what he was looking at in the photo attached, and he said it was you (Norma –wife) . He said he wanted to see me and,  know that this was a his moment in his life that he would never forget. Phil always bragged he love going to the palomino worlds.

Phil also was a world qualifier for the AQHA worlds every year  he showed, and was multiple placer at the worlds, highest placing 4th, and multiple placing, and two time reserve champion at  the congress show.

Phil didn’t start riding horse’s till in the late 90’s. Phil was in his middle to late 40’s when he first put his foot in a saddle, and bought his first horse. Phil found a love for his horse, and the hobby that surprised family and friends. Phil show quarter horse’s in western pleasure for years till one day a lady asked him to filled in, in a class called Select trail to make the final five horse’s so she could get a point. She was from California, showing in Indiana, on the last day to qualify for the worlds, trying to get her last half point. Phil  had not ever showed in trail so she though he was a safe bet, she even paid for his class cause she knew this would be an embarrassment for him. Sad to say he beat her and when on to win the circuit award. Later we all gave Phil a hard time, and said why didn’t you let her win, the answer to that came from her when she overheard us giving him a hard time. She said if I can’t beat him here, I won’t be able to beat the others at the worlds.

Phil was self thought in trail he trained his own horse for trail, and I might say he trained several of his other western pleasure prospects in that class.

Phil never had a trainer to help with his trail, or give him any real lessons, he was proud of that.

Phil and I were known at the shows for me giving my strong opion many of times to him, we were always to gather.   We competed against each other at every show we didn’t care, who won, as long as one of us placed. Never in any of the times we showed did we ever get upset  if the other one beat the other one.  I always told Phil I would be his first one to tell him if he had a bad ride and the first on to the him if he did a great job.

Phil had a cowboys funeral, we buried him in his world show outfit and worlds belt buckle, that he had won at the last Palomino World Show in 2010. We also displayed his other belt buckle awards and world trophies, and many of our arena pictures. Many for his family and friends had no idea of his accomplishments.

Phil will be miss by many, as Phil and I would always say to others, we are just hoping and loping and trailing along.

By Norma Williams


Message from Jan Glover-Hallum

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your kind words, your generous gifts, support, and most of all, for your friendship with Larry and I. Knowing you will miss him too makes my burden a bit easier to bear.  The outpouring of support at my loss is beyond words.

Your kindness and sympathy at this time are more appreciated than any words can ever express.

It’s during a time like this that we learn how much our friends really mean to us. I so appreciate your sympathy and kindness.

Sincere Regards,

Jan Glover-Hallum

Tom Furnish

Middletown…Thomas B. Furnish, 89, resident of Middletown, passed away in Indianapolis, at St. Vincent’s Heart Hospital,February 28, 2012.

He was born in Muncie, June 16, 1922, the son of Joseph Fredrick and Hope Adaline Hale Furnish. He was a 1941 graduate of Middletown High School and worked as a farmer and Salesman for Gene Sylvester Heating and Cooling and Scotts Plumbing. He was a veteran of WW 2 serving in the US Marine Corps. He was a member of the Middletown Lodge, F & AM, #271, Palmino Horse Breeders of America, American Quarter Horse Association and the Middletown United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife: Nellie in 1991.

Survivors are two sons: T.J. Furnish (Kathy) and Terry Furnish (Melanie) of Middletown, 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 2:00 PM at Ballard and Sons Funeral Home, 118 South 5th, Middletown.

Cleve Gallman

Cleve Gallman passed away at his home in Chatsworth, GA, on January 24, 2012, following a lengthy illness.  He was a long-time supporter and member of PHBA, and he had owned and shown many award-winning halter horses in PHBA shows.

CACOFERC.A. Cofer turns 80

PHBA Past President and Judge C.A. Cofer recently celebrated his 80th birthday. His children, threw him a surprise birthday party. (pictured above: son, Cal; wife Joan; C.A. and daughter Jane)

Two New Children’s Books About Horses Soon to Be Released, One by Equine Chronicle’s Own, Brittany Bevis

Please come be a fan of “Two Foals, a Dash of Sprinkles and a Cherry on Top!” by: Brittany Bevis on Facebook by clicking here. Stay tuned for news about upcoming book signing events in the works for the APHA and AQHA World Shows…

Caballito Children’s Books, an imprint of award-winning Caballo Press of Ann Arbor, is completing work on its newest books for horse loving children: Two Foals, a Dash of Sprinkles and a Cherry on Top! and Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale. Pre-orders for both books will be available starting on October 1st, and the titles will be released on November 31st just in time for the upcoming holiday season. Books will be available in hardback, paperback and e-book formats.

Two Foals, a Dash of Sprinkles and a Cherry on Top! is by author and world-class level equestrienne Brittany Beviswith illustrations by artist Pam TalleyClaude, the Clumsy Clydesdale is by Marion E. Altieri, the author of the popular blog Mairzy Doats on and previously served as the editorial director and head writer of Equicurean magazine. The work is illustrated by Gina Romero.

Two Foals, a Dash of Sprinkles and a Cherry on Top! is the charming tale of a precocious young girl named Madison, who is quick to discover that first appearances are not always what they seem. After the birth of two foals on the family farm, Madison is alarmed when she realizes that one of the babies is covered in white spots. Madison is concerned that the new foal is sick so she seeks out her Grandpa for advice. After listening to Madison’s worries, Grandpa decides the time has come to tell his granddaughter the real story of how horses came to have spots.

For first time children’s author, Brittany Bevis, the journey has been quite an experience. “Yes, it’s been a very long process, but now that my book is nearing completion, I can’t wait to see the final product!

“At the onset of this project, I had no idea how much detailed work would be involved in the actual creation and production of a children’s book. Now that the illustrations are almost complete, it’s amazing to think that pre-orders will soon be available and that the finished book will soon follow.”

Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale is the first volume in The Alpha Mare Series, a collection of books meant to assist horse loving parents in teaching their children life lessons pertaining to a variety of topics such as self-esteem. Each book in the series focuses on a different breed and teaches life lessons that incorporate the traits associated with the particular breed featured in a story.

Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale is about Claude, a beautiful young foal and a perfect specimen of the strong, earthy and graceful Clydesdale breed. The story centers around Claude and the fact that he thinks of himself as being clumsy after comparing himself to animal friends that live with him on the farm where he was born. Dejected, he retreats to the comfort of his stall where he hides away from those he loves. But just as our hero is about to lose all hope, he must put aside his self-doubts to come to the rescue of Mother Goose and her goslings.

In sharing her enthusiasm, Altieri, the book’s author, stated, “I am so excited about the pending release of my children’s book, Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale, Volume One of the Alpha Mare Series! I’m chompin’ at the bit, waiting for the release of my book, and hope that many others will fall in love with Claude. Gina Romero’s illustrations have brought my little horse to life, far beyond even my greatest hopes.”

The books’ covers, as well as additional information regarding Two Foals, a Dash of Sprinkles and a Cherry on Top! and Claude, the Clumsy Clydesdale is available for horse loving parents at

George Logan, Haskell Oklahoma

Longtime PHBA, OPEA and AQHA member George Logan passed away quietly in his sleep on Wednesday June 15, after a long bout with many health issues.  His wife of 64 years Elizabeth was at his side.  George and Elizabeth reside in Haskell, Okla. and are the breeders and owners of many World and Reserve World Champion Palomino Horses including  TETRA DATER, CLUE ELLEN, STRAWTOWN GOLD FELLA, GL GOLDEN NUGGETT.  George recently received recognitation from AQHA for forty years of breeding quarter horses.  Mr. Logan had two passions in his life, his wife Elizabeth and his horses.  His first question to any horse person that came for a visit was “who has the best breeding horse in today’s horse world?’  He would then take one of his best mares and breed to that horse. During  his time as an owner and breeder the Logan’s also owned How Phonomenial, Razzles Special Gal, CRS Baccarat Kid, Cherokool, Ms. Fergalicious and numerous other winning horses.  George was a Navy veteran and served his country during  World War ll.

A memorial service was held on Friday June 17, in Haskell and he is laid to rest in Park Grove Cemetary in Broken Arrow, Okla., he is survived by his wife Elizabeth.

Frances Mary Helmers, 93, of Faribault, Minnesota, passed away on March 18, 2011, at the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault. Services will be held at 10:00 p.m. April 2, 2011, at the Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault with interment in the Sunnyside Memorial Garden in Charles City, Iowa.

Frances was born on October 22, 1917, in Mashua, Iowa. After high school graduation she taught country school until her marriage to Claude Hastings. They were later divorced. She married Norman Helmers on September 16, 1950. She was a homemaker, a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, a 30-year member of the Red Cross, an avid reader, a sports fan, a cat lover, and a gardener. She was Rice County Homemaker of the Year in 1975. Her favorite activity and love was helping her husband raise and show their Palomino Quarter Horses. She and Norman started showing yellow horses in 1956, and their great success in the show ring included PHBA Champion No. 4, Golden Chipper. Chipper was the very first mare to be a PHBA Champion. They showed eight other horses to become PHBA Champions, three PHBA Supreme Champions, and two AQHA Champions. Frances was inducted into the PHBA National Hall of Fame in 1992, an honor she was very proud of.

Frances is survived by three daughter, Joan Petereson, Judy (and Dan) Schulte, Kathy (and Gary) Hersom; three step-sons, Dennis (and Mary) Helmers, Ron (and Ruth) Helmers and Judy (and Larry) Oeltjenbruns; seven grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 15 step-great children. Kathy and Gary have continued on with the family tradition of great success in the Palomino horse industry. They have many “golden memories” and “golden moments” shared through the years with Frances.

Frances is preceded in death by her husband, Norman Helmers, by her parents, William and Mary Smith, and by her brother, James Smith.

Reidsville NC, Leanna “Ann” Joyce Isley, 61, of 105 Driftwood Road, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2011.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Heath Lloyd officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church from 11 -1 PM prior to the service.

Mrs. Isley was born in Kernersville to the late Thomas and India Flinchum Joyce.  She attended Fairview Baptist Church.  Ann won several world equine championships and was a lover of all people and animals.  She would pass along her knowledge to anyone who would listen.

She is survived by her husband, Jim of the home; daughter, Erica Isley; sister, Beth Smith and husband, Mark; brother, Steve Joyce and wife, Julia; mother and father-in-law, Jimmie and Sudie Isley; brothers-in-law, Keith Isley and Randy Isley; sisters-in-law, Lari Lee Isley and Melanie Isley; niece, Kaci Isley; stepson, Brian Hall; honorary father, Jack Phillips; special friends, Kenny Hudson, Perry Brookshire, John Peters, James Lambert and adopted daughters, Cameron Curry and Brittany Capps.

In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Ann Isley Youth Scholarship Fund, c/o Pinto Horse Association of America, 7330 N.W. 23rd Street, Bethany, OK 73008.

Condolences may be sent to:

Jim Isley
105 Driftwood Rd
Reidsville, NC 27320

Carol Simmons


Our dear friend, Carol Simmons, of Macomb, Illinois, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2011, at the age of 70.  Carol and her family are long time members and supporters of PHBA.  Carol’s membership number was 582 and her husband Ralph’s is 581, so that tells you how long they have been members.  Many of you undoubtedly know the Simmons family from their many years of showing.  They have owned and shown some of the best halter horses PHBA has seen.    Showing horses was a family affair for Ralph and Carol Simmons and their daughter, Deana Nell.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Simmons family.  Carol, you will be sadly missed.

Funeral service Monday, February 14, 2011, at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, Illinois.

Vernon E. Mast

With great sadness, the Pennsylvania Palomino Exhibitors Association wishes to let everyone in the palomino community know that we recently learned of the passing of our immediate Past President, Vernon E. Mast. The following is adapted from his obituary on

Vernon E. Mast, 82, of 1060 Hemlock Circle, Manheim, formerly of Orchard Road, Lititz, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late J. Ernest and Sarah Winey Mast.

Vernon was the husband of Pauline Gingrich Mast, and they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary in June of 2008. He retired as a self- employed building contractor in the Lancaster area. Vernon attended Lake View Bible Church of Manheim and was a former member of the Grace Church of Lititz where he was active with Boys Brigade, as a Sunday school teacher and was on the Board of Trustees. He was a National Director of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, and a Past President of both the Pennsylvania Palomino Exhibitors Association (PPEA) and the Keystone Palomino Exhibitors Association

(KPEA.) His interests included hunting, fishing and listening to gospel music. Vernon loved to raise and show his animals in various farm shows, and as a youth won a State Grand Championship at the prestigious Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

A funeral service to celebrate Vernon’s Life was held on Monday, July 21, 2008 at Lake View Bible Church, 383 Lake View Drive, Manheim, PA with Pastor John Collins officiating. Interment was in East Petersburg Mennonite Cemetery.

Louis J. Hufnagel, 83, Fishers, Ind., passed away Sept. 4, 2010.

He was born March 3, 1927, in Richmond, the son of Dr. Charles J. and Lucina (Kirst) Hufnagel. Louis was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Charles A. Hufnagel.

He was a 1945 graduate of Richmond High School and attended Notre Dame, Earlham College and was a 1949 graduate of Florida Southern University with a B.S. in chemistry where he was a star athlete in baseball and basketball.

Louis proudly served his country as a First Class Seaman in the U. S. Navy.

He married Eva M. McCashland Dec. 27, 1948, and they were happily married for 61 years (survivor). He started his family in Centerville where he farmed until 1957. The family then moved to Indianapolis where he was employed by Parke Davis as a pharmaceutical salesman. He and his family returned to Centerville in 1962 where they remained until 1982, successfully farming 1,000 acres along with a dairy operation, beef cattle and horses.

Louis retired from farming and later moved to Fishers, Ind., where he accepted a position with Koenig & Bauer/Egenolf Machine Co. as plant maintenance supervisor. He retired in 1991.

Louis loved spending time with his family, playing and watching sports and the family hobby of showing American Quarter Horses. He served as president of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America from 1978-79. Louis was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church as well as a lifetime member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Eva; five children, Louis (Ginger), Nashville, Tenn., Stephen (Sherry), Goodland, Teresa Hogan (Jack), Noblesville, Michele Holanda (Scott), Noblesville, Jennifer Hunter (Brett), Harleton, Texas; seven grandchildren, Stacey, Tricia, Bernadette, Lisa, Ashley, Hillary, Hayley; three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Katey, Jacob; and a brother-in-law, Fred B. McCashland.

Visitation will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 710 N. A St., Richmond, from 2-3 p.m. followed by Liturgy of Christian Burial at 3 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2010. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Father Todd Riebe will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the Fred B. McCashland Endowed Scholarship Fund at Brebeuf Jesuit, 2801 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46268; or a charity of your choice.

Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home, Richmond, is handling the arrangements.




Darrell Reese Conrad, rural Palestine, Illinois, well known horseman,trainer, riding instructor and Class A horse judge passed away May 25, 2010. He was born July 16, 1931 in Palestine to Miles and Edith McGahey Conrad.  He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Lorene and his daughter, Stephanie an acomplished horsewoman.  He is survived by his wife, Judith Chesnut Conrad. Judith’s father was William Chesnut a harness racing announcer from Jasper County, Illinois. Also surviving are his sister in-law and brother in-law Peggy and John Reichman of Linton, Indiana, two nieces and a nephew. He was an United States Army Korean War veteran and was retired from Marathon Oil Company where he was a computer programer.  Darrell’s old fashion values and hard work ethic gave him the integrity it takes to be a horse judge. He is missed by family, friends and the many students which he taught the art of horsemanship.





LB Burleson is recovering at home from back surgery.  He would love to hear from everyone.  His number is 405-247-7592 or his e-mail – or cell phone is 405-933-0281.  He hopes to be up and running for the 2010 Show Season!






Bob Heidlage is a name well known among many in Oklahoma as an advocate for youth and the horse industry.  His personality, commitment and dedication to his family, the families of countless youth in the 4-H program and families in the horse industry is unmatched.


Services will be held Saturday Feb. 20th at 10:00am St Cecilia Catholic Church, 1304 N Dorothy, Claremore, OK. Rice Funeral Home in Claremore is directing the service. If you enter Claremore on Highway 66, turn east on Blue Star, then right on Dorothy and the Church will be on the left.


The family has asked us to relay that in lieu of flowers, that those who wish may make donations to the Oklahoma 4-H Horse Project by forwarding contributions to the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, 205 4-H Youth Development Building, Stillwater, Ok  74078 in memory of Bob Heidlage.

Peggy Jane Bannon


Passed away January 4, 2010.

She was a professional equine (horse) show judge for the American Paint Horse Association, Pinto Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Palomino Horse Breeders Association, International Buckskin Horse Association, North American Saddle Mule Association, Ponies of the Americas and National Snaffle Bit Association. She also officiated for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana 4-H Clubs.

Her judging career spanned thirty-five years and she traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe (Germany).

Peg wishes to be remembered by the family, friends and associates as the professional, vibrant, energetic and outgoing woman that she personified.
Arrangements made by Wm. R. Hamilton Co., Mt. Clemens.




Joe Buresh of Oxford Junction IA.

Joe who is in the Hall of Fame for his 1988 stallion PAUL’S GOLDEN BILL, owned by Joe/Alda Buresh, Oxford Junction, IA. has passed away. He was a long time supporter of the Golden Saddlebred in several associations, along with his first wife Alda and second wife Joyce.



DR. J.B. Stewart, passed away October 17, 2009.


He was the Father of Past PHBA President and long time member J Benham Stewart JR and Grandfather of Louise “Lulu” Stewart of Singing Pines Plantation in Glenwood, GA.

Dr. James Benham Stewart -GLENWOOD – Dr. James Benham Stewart was born March 15, 1913 to David C. and Tilly Benham Stewart of Birmingham, Alabama. He was married to Katherine Jordan of Wheeler County in 1939. They lived in Macon, GA where he practiced medicine. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, parents, one brother: Cuthel Stewart, and one sister: Rosa Stewart Harris. -He is survived by one son: James Benham Stewart, Jr. and daughter-in-law: Louise Lamar Stewart; one granddaughter: Louise Stewart Wilcox; one grandson: James B. Stewart III and wife, Tracey Brantley Stewart; one great-grandson: Grant Brantley Stewart; and one great-grandchild on the way. -Dr. Stewart attended college at Birmingham Southern and Emory University where he received his Medical Degree. He served his country as Captain in the Army Medical Core during World War II. He was a member of Mulberry Methodist Church where he served in the Board of Stewards, Board of Trustees, and taught Sunday School. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Knife and Fork Club, the American College of Surgeons, the Georgia Medical Association and the Middle Georgia Medical Association. Dr. Stewart was on the Board of the Macon Rescue Mission, the Middle Georgia Hospital, and Birmingham Southern University. He was Board Certified in General Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, and served on both Boards. He started in practice with Dr. C.C. Harold and Dr. Tom Harold. After 25 years of practice, he partnered with Dr. Jack Menendez and Dr. Donald Rhames: operating as Dr. Stewart, Menendez and Rhames. -Dr. Stewart was a devoted husband, loving father, dedicated doctor, and good Samaritan. He lived the last few years of his life in Jordan, Georgia with his son and daughter-in-law. He went to be with the Lord at home on October 17, 2009. -Visitation will be Tuesday, October 20th from 6pm until 9pm at Towns Funeral Home in Alamo, GA. -Services will be held Wednesday, October 21st at Shiloh United Methodist Church with Rev. Samuel Palmer Lamback and Rev. Ron Womack officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. -A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 22nd at Mulberry Methodist Church in Macon, GA. -In lieu of flowers please send memorial gifts to the Christian Family Center (a drug and alcohol rehab center for men): P.O. Box 149 Rockledge, GA 30454 (912-529-6712). -Towns Funeral Home of Alamo in charge of arrangements.


October 8, 2009 — Randy Wilson of Ball Ground, Georgia, died Wednesday.

The AQHA 20-year breeder, who was a longtime AQHA judge and trainer, had suffered from cancer. He turned 60 nine days before his death. Randy trained western pleasure horses early in his career and later specialized in halter horses.“I had an eye for a good horse when I was young,” he told The Journal in an interview in 2006. “I started picking out babies, and I would pick out a (halter) baby and take it and work with it and go to the futurities.” Randy told the Journal he enjoyed judging in addition to training, though he gave up his judges card when his cancer became severe. He also previously had cards with the Palomino Horse Breeders of America and the National Snaffle Bit Association. “I like having something to do with the way that the horses are getting their points and knowing that I am making sure people are doing things the right way instead of the wrong way,” he said. “I try to be very patient with the kids and the amateurs and Select amateurs, and I want to see them do good. I try to judge on the positive, not the negative. If someone makes a mistake or has a penalty, you have to charge them with it, but I look for the good things in the horses and the riders.“When I’m in the show pen, I’m there to see that the exhibitors enjoy what they are doing.”As Randy fought cancer, his AQHA family rallied around him. During the recent Reichert Celebration, a donated Harris show saddle was auctioned to raise money for Randy. Mike Farina purchased the saddle for $20,000. “AQHA is grateful for the 27 years of service Randy gave to the judging community,” said Alex Ross, AQHA executive director of judges. “Randy was always professional when representing AQHA and had the unique ability to combine his courteous manner along with his equine expertise.”Randy was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve. He worked as an equine appraiser. Survivors include his wife, Pam, who is also a horse trainer; his daughter, Dana, an exhibitor; and his son, Christopher.


Jeanne Rhoades of Georgia

Jeanne Rhoads passed away on March 30, 2009 at the age of 67. She was a native of Grayslake, Illinois, but made her home in Georgia for the past 25 years. Rhoades was a member of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Snaffle Bit Association. She served on many Committees and was on the PHBA Amateur Executive Board.


Rhoades was the owner and exhibitor of several great palominos such as, FIRST STRING SKIP, the first World Champion color horse and the stallion ZIPPOS STRAIT TO YOU, winning 11 PHBA World and Reserve Championships for her and her husband, PHBA judge James Rhoades.


Survivors include her husband, daughter, Dawn Howington and son, Robert Rhoades, two grandsons, Dusty Little and Lane Howington, a granddaughter, Rachel Little and one great grandson Kaleb Burkhart.



SALLEY – Everett S.,  passed away June 13, 2008, at his home.

Born March 11, 1935, in Burr, TX to Clifton and Mary Salley. He was the youngest of 5 children. He graduated from Tidehaven High School in 1953 as Salutatorian of his class. He had a successful athletic career in high school as he was the 1st Player from a Class A School ever to play in the Texas High School All-Star Game. He went on to attend Texas Christian University (TCU) on a full football scholarship and lettered as sophomore and played in the Cotton Bowl. He received his degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. He married Marilyn Breno and lived in Fort Worth, TX where he was President of North Texas Advertising, Inc. In 1968 they moved to Tulsa where he was the President and CEO of Breno Painting Company for 8 years. In 1976 he purchased the Tulsa Stockyards, which was one of the premier Livestock Auctions in North Eastern Oklahoma. He owned and operated the Stockyards until 1996. In 1978, he founded Green Country Horse Sale Company which conducted registered Quarter Horse Sales from California to Florida. They had numerous sales, which included three different events for the legendary King Ranch, plus many other events all across the United States. In 1980 he established the Tulsa Holiday Circuit which held AQHA Horse Shows in July and December at the Tulsa Expo Center and still today is one of the longest running AQHA Horse Shows in America. After a short retirement he worked for Southwest General Agency for 6 years. During his career he served as President of many organizations; American Quarter Horse Assoc., Oklahoma Quarter Horse Assoc., Palomino Horse Breeders Assoc., Oklahoma Palomino Assoc., Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Livestock Market Assoc. of Oklahoma, Tulsa Twisters – Professional Rodeo Team, plus many other directorships and offices of social and civic organizations. member of Church of St. Mary’s and a former member of Southern Hills Country Club. Everett was preceded in death by: his parents, Clifton and Mary Salley; sister, Wanda Bunton of Wharton, TX. Survivors include: his wife of 43 years, Marilyn Salley; son, Cas Salley and fiance Melanie Lively of Watova, OK; daughter, Lisa Jones and husband Steve of Overland Park, KS; grand children, Kaslin and Clay Salley, Amelia and Andrew Jones; Brothers C.D. Salley of Harrison, AR, Al Salley of Rockport, TX; and sister and brother-in-law Hazel and R.E. Roecker of Markham, TX.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Jr. Livestock Scholarship Fund c/o Tulsa State Fair, PO Box 4735, Tulsa, OK 74159 and the Retired Priest Fund of the Tulsa Diocese PO Box 690240, Tulsa, OK 74169.

Graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 17, at Calvary Cemetery, Msgr. Dennis C. Domey officiating, directed by Moore’s Eastlawn Chapel , (918) 622-1155


L.J. “Bill” Farrelly
(Died November 20, 2009)


Born in a horse-drawn wagon in Saskatchewan, Canada, while his dad was following the wheat fields, Bill Farrelly, PCQHA President of 1971, migrated to Iowa following the death of his mother. In Iowa he resided at “Boys Town” and was adopted at the age of eleven and moved to New Mexico. He boarded a greyhound bus alone and traveled from Iowa to New Mexico to start his new life with his newly adopted family. Bill still calls New Mexico his home and lived there until he came to California. Bill joined the Air Force during World War II and became a Radar and Communications Officer. He moved to California in 1953 when Bendix Corporation set up their West Coast office and was West Coast Supervisor of their Kansas City Division. Retiring in 1980 from Bendix, Bill and Margo moved to Pilot Hill, California.


Bill served on the Board of Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Association in 1967, elevating to President in 1971 and returning to service as a Board of Director in 1988. Bill was honored as PCQHA’S 1st Director Emeritus, and was inducted into the PCQHA Hall of Fame in 2001. Bill was also a Past president of Valley quarter Horse Association and served as President of the Pacific Coast Palomino Exhibitor’s Association. Bill was appointed by Ronald Reagan when he was Governor of California to the 1st California Drug Advisory Committee. Bill was a National Director for the Palomino Horse Breeder of America; Inc. He was an AQHA judge and quarter Horse Breeder for 45 years, and a recognized Judge for Paint, Pinto and Buckskin Associations, as well as Open Shows. Bill had a long and distinguished association in the Quarter Horse Industry and was instrumental in keeping PCQHA “on track’ for over 30 years.

Bill was very involved I the raising, breeding, and showing of his beautiful and beloved Quarter Horse, First Trial. First Trial was an AQHA Champion, Superior Halter, ROM Performance and PCQHA Champion for three years. By the age of 3, Fist Trial had won 61 fist places and stood Grand Champion or Reserve Champion 25 times. All of his halter points and performance points were earned at PCQHA approved shows. At the age of 7, Fist Trial earned the title of AQHA Champion Stallion and retired from showing. First Trial was inducted into the PCQHA Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bill is survived by his wife Margo of 37 years, 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Donations can be made to BDSRA (Batten’s Disease Support & Research Association).



Wincie Carson
(Died November 15, 2009)

Mrs. Wincie Deakins Carson, of Dalton, died Sunday, November 15, 2009. She was the daughter of the late S.A. and Georgia Britton Deakins and was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert C. Hamilton and her husband of 39 years, Dr. Willard P. Carson; sisters, Marjorie Schisler, Georgia Dillard and Mary Crowell.

Wincie is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Carol and Terry Goble, Sr. of Dalton and Bobbye Thomason of Chatsworth,GA.; grandchildren, Lisa and Ross Meentemeyer, Anne-Marie and Terry Goble, Jr., Jamey McCamy and Jennifer Owens, Christi and Patrick Sparks; great-grandchildren, Asa and Aidan Meentemeyer, Chase and Cashton Goble, Carson McCamy, Cole and Landri Sparks; nieces and nephews also survive.

Services held Thursday at 3 P.M. in the chapel of Love Funeral Home with Dr. Robin L. Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in West Hill Cemetery.











A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Fairview Baptist Church with Rev. Heath Lloyd officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church from 11 -1 PM prior to the service.


Mrs. Isley was born in Kernersville to the late Thomas and India Flinchum Joyce.  She attended Fairview Baptist Church.  Ann won several world equine championships and was a lover of all people and animals.  She would pass along her knowledge to anyone who would listen.


She is survived by her husband, Jim of the home; daughter, Erica Isley; sister, Beth Smith and husband, Mark; brother, Steve Joyce and wife, Julia; mother and father-in-law, Jimmie and Sudie Isley; brothers-in-law, Keith Isley and Randy Isley; sisters-in-law, Lari Lee Isley and Melanie Isley; niece, Kaci Isley; stepson, Brian Hall; honorary father, Jack Phillips; special friends, Kenny Hudson, Perry Brookshire, John Peters, James Lambert and adopted daughters, Cameron Curry and Brittany Capps.


In lieu of flowers, send donations to the Ann Isley Youth Scholarship Fund, c/o Pinto Horse Association of America, 7330 N.W. 23rd Street, Bethany, OK 73008.



Condolences may be sent to:


Jim Isley

105 Driftwood Rd

Reidsville, NC 27320

Judy Harper September 5, 1958 – May 22, 2008

A long time resident of Collinsville, OK and PHBA member lossed her courageous battle with cancer on May 22, 2008. Judy, an avid horsewoman, use to show in the Palomino circuit with her good friend, Gail Simmons, aka “Mom”. Judy was working with a new horse project, a buckskin filly, that was out of her late palomino show mare, “Lace”. Unfortunately, Judy’s potentially renewed show career, here on earth, ended with her untimely death. Judy, a Christian, lived with a very strong faith and conviction in the Lord. When a friend/loved one passes, we question the “why” and seek understanding/reasoning for their departure from our lives. Reflecting on her life and the individuals that pre-departed: Lucy, a beautiful friend/person, and an avid horsewoman; Orren, has the talent for beauty and artistic detail and the gift of telling a great story; Jerry, the eye for the physical attributes of confirmation and muscling: Bill, his talent for keeping hooves finely manicured; and another never forgotten friend/horsewoman, Tabitha (PtHA/AQHA)….I choose to believe that they are all part of God’s plan, since Jesus is returning on a White Horse (Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war). Therefore, they all must be collectively participating in the creation of an Amazingly Magnificant Steed. (As you read this, I am sure that you also thought of a loved one that is also participating!)

Equine Artist Orren Mixer Dies at 87

Renowned equine artist Orren Marion Mixer died on Tuesday. He was 87.

Mixer was born in Oklahoma City in 1920 to Florence Motter and Orren Marion Mixer Sr. After attending public schools, he graduated from Central High School and through the efforts of his high school art teacher, Grace Chadwick, he obtained a scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute from 1938-40.

Mixer worked in graphic arts in New York, Oklahoma City, and Fort Worth, Texas, before moving to San Diego to work in an aircraft manufacturing plant. He returned to Fort Worth in 1943 and joined the US Navy. Stationed in Chicago, he was a visual aids graphic artist.

In his personal time, Mixer painted Western scenes, and his first sales came through a Chicago sporting goods store. Discharged from the service in 1946, he brought his wife, Evelyn Leonard, whom he’d married in 1941, back to Oklahoma, where he built a house and studio near Arcadia/Edmond.

Mixer became a well-known local Western artist during the 1950s and 1960s. Livestock, particularly horses, became his specialty, and his work graced the covers of Western Horseman, The Quarter Horse Journal, Cattleman, and Oklahoma Today. In June 1991, Palomino Horse Breeders of America commissioned Mixer to commemorate PHBA’s 50th Anniversary on Canvas. This painting is the palomino “Stallion”. He also painted the “Mare and Foal”. He has been involved with several other horse associations as well. Just to name a few – American Quarter Horse, Pinto, Paint, Appaloosa, Buckskin, and Pony of the Americas.

Briefly retired during the 1980s, Mixer resumed his artistic productions in the mid-1990s, still working from a studio near Arcadia.

Orren will be greatly missed by all.

Maxine A. (Bonner) – Marvin Hamrick mother

Passed away at 12:33 PM at her residence surrounded by family on 3-21-08.

Viewing is from 1 to 8 on Tuesday 3-25-08 with funeral services at the funeral home on 3-26-08 at 10:30 and graveside service to follow.

Zwick Jahn Funeral Home, at 520 N 2nd St., Decatur Indiana, 46733 260-724-9164

Full Obituary can be  viewed at

Mark D. Smith – July 9, 1955 – February 9, 2008

Mark suffered cardiac arrest while hospitalized after a long hard battle with the ravages of diabetes.  He was a long time member and judge of the Palomino Association, which he loved dearly.

Mark was the manager of Chick Smith Horse Farms for many years in Florida and Texas where he stood Jude’s Go Bo, Pacific Buzz Saw, Cotton Pass, Strate O’Quinn and others.

Mark was an active campaigner of many champions both Palomino and AQHA.

He leaves many throughout the United States whose lives he touched who called him friend…he is sorely missed.

Rita Marie Faulk

Rita Marie Faulk (nee Napolitan), 64, a resident of Washington Township since 1983, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, in Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township. She was born Jan. 14, 1944, in Detroit.

Mrs. Faulk along with her husband Gilbert “Jack” was the co-owner of J&R Stables since 1971. They started the stable on Clinton River Road and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights and moved in 1983 to the present site in Washington Township.

A former resident of Sterling Heights, she was a founding member and leader of 4H Macomb County and Washington Raiders since 1997.

She also was an avid fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, organizing and performing many trail ride shows with pledge money going to the research hospital. She was twice invited to the hospital in Memphis, Tenn. for awards ceremonies for gaining the highest amount of pledges raised in the United States for horse trail rides.

Mrs. Faulk was a ride instructor for 36 years. She enjoyed breeding, raising and showing palomino, quarter and paint horses around the country. She was the 1963-1964 Macomb County Pageant Queen.
A lifetime member of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association (MQHA), she was a member of American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), American Paint Horse Association (APHA), Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) and International Buckskin Horse Association (IBHA).

She held a judge card for more than 20 years for the PHBA and judges palomino horse shows and also held a buckskin judge card to judge buckskin shows.

Mrs. Faulk is survived by her husband, Gilbert “Jack” Faulk; children, Tina Marie (William) Nicks, Cody Faulk, Karen (Michael) Belleville and Jack Faulk; grandchildren, Amber Michelle Nicks and Maggie Marie Nicks; eight step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and close friend, Melody Savada.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Paula Oulette; and brother, Thomas A. Napolitan.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 8459 Hall Road (three blocks east of Van Dyke), Utica. Burial will be in Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, Clinton Township.

Visitation is 4-9 p.m. today and 2-9 p.m. Tuesday, with a 7 p.m. rosary recital.
Memorial contributions may be addressed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Memories may be shared with the family at


 John F. Cole     

ADRIAN MI John F. Cole, age 91, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, in Adrian at Charlotte Stephenson Manor.

He was born June 22, 1916, in Weston, Mich., to Fred Cole and Louise Haviland. He married Mary Elizabeth Wilson in LaGrange, Ind., in 1935. She preceded him in death in 1998. Also preceding him was his son, Gerald Lee Cole; brothers, Clarence Cole, Harold Cole, and sisters Mildred Shaneour and Florence Reed.

John loved farming the Weston farm where he was born, as his father and grandfather had, and now his son, Jerry. He loved talking about the history of the Cole family and Weston. He loved to read and was very knowledgeable in many fields. He was also a pilot, learning to fly in the 1930s. He loved to travel and go fishing.

He worked skilled trades for Harvey Aluminum, Martin Marietta, Bridgeport Brass and retired from General Motors, Adrian.
John was a co-founder of the Fairfield Township Fire Department and served as captain. He was a member of the Weston Baptist Church and Morenci American Legion. He was a veteran, serving in the Army during World War II and he also worked in the war plants, Hurd Lock and ?The Mag? magnesium plant as a supervisor.

He is survived by daughters Nancy (Donald) Bailey of Manitou Beach and Mary Ann (Roger) Fielitz of Archbold, Ohio; grandchildren, Aaron and Laura Bailey, Randy and Jeff Fielitz, Debbie and Linda Cole, Chris Cole and several great-grandchildren; brother-in-law J.B. Wilson, sisters-in-law, Jean ?Sis? Poucher, Betty Lou Young and Pat Weiner, and special nephew Ted Turner.
Funeral services for John will be at Wagley Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Dan Maguire officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to the Weston Baptist Church or Fairfield Township Fire Department. Envelopes are available at Wagley Funeral Home.

Glenn F. “Jack” Anderson
(May 26, 1924 – February 10, 2008) Glenn F.

Glenn F. “Jack” Anderson, age 83, died February 10, 2008 at home in his sleep of heart failure. He was born in St. Joseph, MO, the only son of Glenn and Luella Anderson. They preceded him in death, as did his two older sisters, Dorothy and Harriet; a grandson, David; and, his beloved wife, Genelle.

Jack was a hard worker all of his life and a great student and athlete. He earned a football scholarship to Missouri University but enlisted in the Naval Air Force and flew Corsairs off aircraft carriers in the South Pacific during WWII. He received a BA in political science from Westminster College where he was president of the student body and earned an internship to American University in Washington, DC

Jack married Genelle Martin and spent the rest of his life in Tulsa and Broken Arrow. He was in the oil business, traded in real estate and on the Bent Arrow Ranch, he raised champion Palominos and giant homing pigeons. He was president of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Palomino Horse Breeders of America and the American Giant Homer Association and is in the Hall of Fame for all three. His wife, Genelle died in 1993. A few years later, he re-discovered his former high school sweetheart, Lynn Bowen Mensch at their 55th high school reunion and they were married in November of 1997.
Jack is survived by his wife, Lynn; sons, Andy and George; his daughter, Becky Mitchell; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and many, many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the AQHA Scholarship Fund, PO Box 200, Amarillo, TX 79168 or St. Francis Hospice Home Building Fund, 6600

 ROBERTS – Lucy O’Bert, (formerly Creekmore),54, ended her courageous battle with breast cancer on Monday, November 26, 2007. Born February 2, 1953 in Los Angeles, CA, to Lawrence (Bud) and Anna Lucy O’Bert. Lucy was cheerful, bright and industrious even as a small girl. According to her mother, shortly after the family moved to Tulsa when she was 5, Lucy galloped around the. neighborhood on her stick horse introducing herself to the neighbors.

Lucy attended Tulsa Public Schools, graduating from Edison High School. She attended OSU earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education. After teaching in a little one-room red schoolhouse for about a year, Lucy attended law school at the University of Tulsa, graduating with her Juris Doctorate decree in 1979. In the fall of 1979, Lucy began her career as a prosecutor when she became an Assistant District Attorney with the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. In her 12 years with the District Attorney’s Office, Lucy advanced from handling child support and mental health matters to being a Senior Trial Team Captain and felony prosecutor.

Lucy won over even veteran homicide detectives who did not think women capable of prosecuting murder cases, with those same detectives later seeking her out to handle their cases. In 1991, Lucy became an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, continuing her work as a career prosecutor; handling many important gun and drug prosecutions and working with law enforcement make a difference on the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. Early in her career Lucy forged a reputation as a fair, honest, hard working prosecutor who was known for her intense preparation and dedication, frequently working evenings and weekends, long after others were gone, to ensure she was fully prepared for hearings and trials. She earned the lasting respect and admiration of colleagues, opposing attorneys, law enforcement personnel and judges, who looked forward to her appearances in their courts, knowing she would always be professional and prepared.

Lucy’s time away from the office was usually spent with friends, horses and dogs (not necessarily in that order). She successfully showed Palomino horses through the Oklahoma Palomino Exhibitors Association for many years. She later tried her hand at roping and team penning, usually accompanied by her beloved dogs. In August 1999, Lucy married David E. Roberts, who shared her love of dogs, the outdoors and had a common connection to law enforcement. Dave became Lucy’s best friend, her rock, protector and the person who always made her laugh. In her last difficult days, she rarely wanted him away from her side. Lucy and Dave created a wonderful life together, hosting great Halloween parties, taking trips to the mountains which Lucy loved, and spending time with the family dogs, Yona, Sugar, Rancher and Kate.

Lucy bravely battled breast cancer for over 3 years earning even more admiration from friends and colleagues. She continued to work and handle a difficult case load until the end of August, when her condition forced her to accept medical retirement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. It was probably the hardest decision she ever made because she so loved her work. Lucy faced her struggle with cancer like she did everything else, with dignity, strength, humor and compassion, worrying about Dave and friends who helped her in her final days. Lucy leaves behind: her devoted husband, Dave; and the family dogs; her parents; brother, Mike and his family; Dave’s family who loved her as one of their own; and a circle of friends whose lives will not be the same without her. That Lucy had 5 best friends who devoted time to be with her in her final weeks is a testament to the kind of friend she was smart, funny, fiercely loyal, loving and always there when needed.

Lucy wore her “Life is Good” shirts to the end. She lived it and believed it despite her illness. She would want all of those left behind to continue to believe it too. What a joy to know she will be waiting to greet us at Heaven’s gate. Service will be held at 10 a.m., on Thursday, November 29 at Grace Lutheran Church, where Lucy was baptized and confirmed. Interment will follow at Floral Haven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lucy’s name to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244. Moore’s Southlawn Chapel

Lawrence C. Grilliot of Dayton, Ohio passed away Saturday September 29th at the age of 89.  He was born in Dayton on May 17, 1918 and graduated from Roosevelt High School and Miami Jacobs Business College.  He was a 1st Lt and flight instructor of the B-17 in the Army Air Corp during WWII, President Emeritus of Morning Pride Manufacturing Inc. (1945-1981).

Larry was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, Life member of Ohio Quarter Horse Association,  AQHA judge 1970-1988, worked at the Quarter Horse Congress from 1967 until 2000 (15 year member of the Team Tournament Committee, Equipment Judge).  Larry was a member of the  Palomino Horse Breeders of America,  PHBA judge 1967-1988, past officer and member of Palomino Exhibitors Association of Ohio.  He held judges cards for several additional breeds and associations such as Pinto, American Horse Show and Ponies of the Americas.

Larry was a founding member and officer of the Central States Horse Show Association, President and charter member of the Miami Valley Rangers, past chairman of their Box 21 Rodeo, President and member of the Triangle R Riders, member of the Ohio Western Horse Association and the Midwest Horse Association.

He was an Assistant Troop Leader #119 of the Boy Scouts of America, Scout Master at the National Jamboree 1964, charter member of Assumption Church in Dayton, Ohio, and currently a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in West Milton, Ohio.

His wife of over 50 years, Mary E. preceded him in death in 1996, as did his first son, Arthur T., in 1947.  Larry is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law Carolyn M. and Paul G. McLaughlin and Beverly J. [current board member of PHBA] and Paul E. Armstrong; and son and daughter-in-law William L. (Bill) and Mary I. Grilliot ; four grandchildren Lt. Col. Paul R. McLaughlin (Stefanie), Terri A. (Anthony) Wyman, Moira L. [Immediate Past President of PHBA-A] (Patrick [2nd Vice President of Ohio Amateur Quarter Horse Association]) and William L. Grilliot, Jr.; eight great grand children, special friend Betty Norton and a host of family and friends.  Larry will be missed by many but his legacy will live on.

A scholarship in his honor has been established through the Palomino Horse Breeders of America Youth Scholarship &Educational Fund.  Contributions may be sent to PHBA YS & EF, 15253 E. Skelly Dr., Tulsa, Ok. 74116-2637

Jeffrey Robert Moore passed away on September 29, 2007 after a brief but valiant battle with brain cancer.  Jeff was born on born August 14, 1949 to Chester T Moore and the former Margaret Isabelle Siegismund in Tulsa OK.  Jeff graduated from Central High School in 1967.  Jeff graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1972 with a degree in education.  Jeff played football for OSU from 1967-69.  He obtained a Masters Degree in administration from Northeastern State University.   He first utilized his teaching and coaching skills as Head Coach in 1972 at Lamont High School, Lamont, OK.  Jeff was Head Coach from 1973-74 at Sand Springs High School, Sand Springs, OK.  Jeff was Head Coach from 1974-76 at Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Tulsa, OK.  In 1977 he went to Union High School, Tulsa, OK to teach physics, chemistry and assist in coaching football.

Jeff adopted his daughter Holly in 1986.  He was a devoted father and mentor.  Today she is a successful veterinarian in Houston, TX.   He married the former Donna Mosley on May 18, 2002 after meeting her at Asbury Methodist Church.

Jeff is preceded in death by his father and mother.  He is survived by his wife Donna, Tulsa, OK; daughter Holly and her husband Jerimy Polf, Houston, TX, brother Gary and his wife Cindy Chilton Moore, Broken Arrow OK, and nephews Jaque, Jeremy, Jerod and Justin, Tulsa, OK, sister Carol Turner, Chesterfield, MO, nieces Cindy Turner, Elizabethtown, KY and Elizabeth Turner, Ballwin, MO;

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to the Oklahoma State University Foundation, In memory of Jeffrey R Moore, PO Box 1749, Stillwater, OK 74076-1749

Bruce Pfaff Update

Bruce did really good at Blake’s college graduation.  He was taken to the airport by my next door neighbor-  they wouldn’t let the neighbor take him to the plane.  So the airlines took him to the plane.  He had to walk up 7 steps to get on the plane.  He made it to the seat.  Courtney was able to get all the way to the gate at Savannah and pick him up.  They then went to lunch with Blake.  Bruce was good at the townhouse at the beach, but we were all nervous.  He fell once.  We took him to the ocean and took the wheel chair right in.  He said the chair was sinking- I told him we wouldn’t let it get past his head!!  Then he was able to walk by himself in the pool.  That really excited him.  Every day was great, but it poured on graduation day.  Everything was inside, so once we got there it was ok. Bruce & I flew back the next day, which was a bit of a fiasco, cancelled flights etc.  But we made it. He was in tears when I took him back to the rehab center, he begged me not to take him back.  It was horrible. He did manage to escape the locked facility that evening- got out the front door, called Courtney and said he was walking home (50 miles) The good news, The director has gotten a grant for him for one on one speech and physical therapy for him for the month of July.  She would like to move him to a Brain injury supervised apartment in August, which will start to give him more freedom and teach him how to do things in the real world again and how to function with a handicap.  He’s really doing well- just very slow to respond.  He says he has to really think when asked a question-  responses aren’t spontaneous anymore.  His speech is still very odd and his vision is still a mess.  But overall he’s really made a huge improvement in the past month.  The palomino kids in NJ did a fund raiser for him. Courtney took him to the bank to let him cash the check.  It put some money in his pocket for his trip, he was able to buy Blake lunch, get him a card and pick up the medicine at the pharmacy.  I could tell he felt really good that he didn’t have to ask for money.  I can’t think them enough.

William Paul Kuznik
Penn Township

William Paul Kuznik, 49, of Penn Township died Friday May 11, 2007 at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh from complications of Juvenile Diabetes. Born January 23, 1958 in Greensburg PA, Paul was the son of William G. and Merle Smith Kuznik and was of the third generation to work his family’s farm in Pleasant Valley. He was a 1976 graduate of Penn-Trafford High School and a member of the Community United Methodist Church of the Harrison City Area. Paul was a dedicated voter and was a member of the Penn Township Democratic Club and VotePA. Although he battled autism as well as his diabetes, Paul was an active horseman, and belonged to the American Quarter Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders of America, and the Pennsylvania Palomino Exhibitors Association (PPEA.) With his horse Hobby Horse Top Jazz (“Boo”) he won PHBA national points and numerous regional and state awards in the PPEA and the Tri-State Quarter Horse Association. Over the years, Paul also enjoyed membership in Westmoreland ARC, Camp Carroll, the Flour Bag Fort 4-H Horse Club, the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ), and YMCA Swimming. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, many dear aunts and uncles, cousin Kurt Hollendonner, and many beloved animals including Dalmatians Dally and Domino, and horses True Grit and JJ. He is survived by his mother and a sister Marybeth Kuznik at home, other relatives, and his animals.  Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 12 to 1 PM Thursday at JAMES E. LINDSAY FUNERAL HOME INC., 3343 Route 130 Harrison City, 724-744-2721. Services will be at 1 PM Thursday at the Community United Methodist Church, 3437 Route 130 with the Reverend John Ciampa officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either VotePA or the Pennsylvania Palomino Exhibitors Association c/o 6093 Pleasant Valley Road, Irwin PA 15642.

Ocala, Florida, Hershel Williams died at his home January 1, 2007 of Cancer.

Originator of the ice cream business known as  Mr Music Man  in Tampa, Florida, and started with a single truck and within 10 years had a fleet of thirty trucks.   In  1967 he owned Eagle Man who he made a State Champion, and won 13 Florida Halter Futurities with his offspring. He was a Lifetime Member of AQHA and   was State Inspector for PHBA  showing  PHBA Halter horses  in the 1960’s.  He  bred, raised, bought and sold AQHA & APHA horses, standing Fair Dollar, Clayboy, Iluminus, JM Kidrizma to name a few.

Hershel had an uncanny eye for a quality horse and often referred to his mentor, George Tyler, of Texas as helping him get started in the horse business.  He never met a stranger,  and was always there to give a hand,  advice or visit with   a fellow horseman.  Hershel was born in Sulphur Springs, north of Tampa, Florida and moved to Fitzhugh, Oklahoma in the 1970’s.  He was instrumental in the sale of Docs Prescription to Glenn Neans of Round Rock, Texas for Eddie Wilson.  He  owned Hollywood Sport  and sold many cutting bred,  and show bred broodmares to many top horsemen.

He was married to Diane J. Williams for 34 years, and his surviving children are Hershel A. Williams of Fitzhugh, Ok., Vickie  S. Williams of Plant City, Margaret L.  (Sis) Williams of Tampa.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County.

The Celebration will be on Saturday Jan. 13th, 11 am in the sale ring of the SE Livestock Pavilion.  You can log onto the website at Roberts Funeral Homes for all information, they should have it up soon.

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