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Eastern Idaho Horsemen Hall of Fame


May 2011 issue

     Eight Idaho horsepeople were inducted into the Eastern Idaho Horsemen Hall of Fame at the 14th Annual Banquet held April 22, 2001 in Idaho Falls , Idaho . For more information about the Hall of Fame Museum in Rigby , Idaho , contact Dorothy Furniss at 208-754-4702.


2011 Inductees



Herb Hayworth grew up on a farm and ranch in Montana where all of the work was done with horses. He learned early from his father and uncle the right way to break horses to ride and work.

     As a teenager, he rode bareback horses and bulls, competing in the NHSRA, and then college rodeos. He was a member of the 1963 Men’s Championship Team at Western Montana College . There he supplemented his income by starting horses for other people.

     Herb married Polly Reinhardt in 1973, and they made their home in St. Anthony , Idaho . Herb began training horses for many people all over the Snake River Valley and surrounding states. In the early ‘90s he became fascinated with reining horses and became so skilled that he received his judge’s card. Herb is a fine horseman and a talented teacher of horsemanship.



Jim Kirkbride was born in Dayton , Idaho . He bought his first horse when he was twelve years old. She could outrun any of the others kids’ horses in town, and this started Jim’s life-long, love affair with fast horses.

     In the late 1950’s, Jim bought a fast stallion named Dodger Jay, paired him with a race-bred gelding, Tinkie Poo, and hooked them up as a cutter team. This team won several championships in the 1960’s and 70’s. Jim has had several champion race horses — most that he raised and trained himself. Jim has been a judge for the Cache Valley Cutter races for many years.

     Jim and his wife, Rebecca, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010. Jim and his sons, Alan and Lee, and grandson Wes Smith, enjoy training and racing colts.



Jim Madsen was born in Pocatello , Idaho , seventy years ago, and learned formal horsemanship from his father, an ex-cavalry man. Jim went to horseshoeing school in California and learned the art of shoeing including hot and corrective shoeing.

     Jim showed horses for over twenty years in many disciplines including English, Western riding, and halter, where he won many trophies and ribbons.

     He was one of the first members of the Eastern Idaho Rodeo Association, president of the Idaho Old Timers Rodeo Assn., president of the Days of Thunder Rodeo, and served on the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

     He continues to donate his time and talen as a timed event gate man for the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Assn.



Chuck & Beverly Shiner. When horse lover Chuck married Beverly in 1954, they purchased a ranch, built it up, and set up a home. They had four children.

     Times were hard and to bring in more income, they bought two registered mares and a stallion, with a plan to raise colts. The good ones were sold, and the bad ones went down the road.

     As the children grew up, they took over more of the care of the ranch and Chuck and Beverly spent their time with their first love — training, breeding, and selling horses.

     Chuck passed away in 2003 from Lou Gehrig’s disease, but Beverly is still running the ranch and the horse business with her children.



Steve and Phyllis Stanger. Steve was born a cowboy. His father, Reed, worked on ranches around Jackson Hole while Steve was growing up, and then moved to the Idaho Falls area when Steve started high school.

     Phyllis was a farmer’s daughter and grew up just a couple of miles from the Stangers. They married in 1959 and have four children.

     After Steve worked for a period as a horse trainer in El Cajon , California , the couple returned to Idaho in 1967 and settled on a forty-acre farm just north of Idaho Falls .

     Steve always had a horse or two in training and in the mid 80’s, he began riding horses full time. They had a stallion and bred their own mares and outside mares.

     The Stangers were active in the Eastern Idaho Quarter Horse Association, worked with 4-H, supported high school rodeo, and were members of the Marsh Valley Stallion Incentive Association.



Sue Walker grew up riding her brother’s horse, but finally, when she was 12-years-old, she bought a two year old mustang for $40 and started into horse 4-H. With the help of a good leader, she trained her horse and went on to show at the county and state level.

     After she married her husband, Kevin, she became a 4-H leader for 30 years, mentoring many kids in the horse program. In 1999, she was hired as the 4-H program assistant in both the Rigby and Mud Lake areas.

     She is involved in all aspects of 4-H, from teaching day camps to running livestock shows, but her true love stays with the horse program.

     Not only does Sue like teaching and helping youth with their horses, she also has a true love for the horse itself. Her favorite words to her club members are “if the horse is doing something wrong, it is your fault. You did not do your homework.”

            Sue and her husband, Kevin have five daughters who have all been involved in 4-H and rodeo.



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