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Eastern Idaho

Horseman Hall of Fame

 

May 2012 issue

 

     Eight Idaho horsepeople were inducted into the Eastern Idaho Horsemen Hall of Fame at the 15th Annual Banquet that was held April 27, 2012 in Idaho Falls , Idaho . For more information about the Hall of Fame Museum in Rigby , Idaho , contact Betsy Furniss at 208-346-1716.

 

2012 Inductees

Bill and Claudene Dyer have lived in Arco , Idaho since they began their married life in 1952. They have been very active with Quarter Horses in a variety of ways. In rodeos, Bill participated in bull riding, bareback, saddle broncs, calf roping, and team roping. He won many awards as a roper, and helped his son and other children in the community to rope in high school rodeos. Their son, Jerry, went to the State Rodeo Championships in calf roping and team roping a number of times. Claudene participated in barrel racing and pole bending – doing very well at jackpots and rodeos. She was a 4-H horse leader for 15 years. The couple has spent countless hours supporting the Arco Fairgrounds and were also members of the Atom Busters Riding Club.
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Jim Evans’ interest in horse racing began at an early age when his father had an old roan Thoroughbred gelding that he entered in match races. In 1955 the family moved to Bingham County where Jim jockeyed, shod horses, and rode bulls and bareback broncs. When the cutter racing craze hit Southeast Idaho , Jim was one of the first involved. After 12 years of cutters, he switched to Thoroughbred racing.

Jim painstakingly chose his breeding mares, believing that 67% of speed came from the mare. His strategy paid off with winning horses. In 2008 his gelding, “Way Of Shine” set a track record at Hollywood Park in California . Jim was named leading owner at Les Bois Racetrack in Boise in 2000, and at Sandy Downs Racetrack in Idaho Falls in 1996. In 2011, his horse “Love It Or Lose It” set a track record at Sandy Downs.
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Russ Miller rodeoed while he attended Ricks College and won Regional Bull Riding Champion. From 1974-1981, he won three Bull Riding Championships, two Reserve Championships an All-Around title, and the North American Bull Riding Championship.

In 1984 Russ trained his first Snaffle Bit Champion and moved to Texas to work for Tom Lyons, where he purchased the mare “A Busy Body,” who became the foundation of 23 years of Miller Cutting Horses. In 1992 Russ won the NCHA National Futurity. He was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Hall of Fame in 1998, and won the Dave McGregor Award in 2009.

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Richard “Dick” F. Stanger was born on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, in Iona , Idaho . He and his wife, Edith, purchased an Appaloosa stallion, Freel’s Chico , who became the foundation of Double Arrow Appaloosas, the nation’s largest band of registered Appaloosa horses.

Dick was co-founder of the Intermountain Appaloosa Horse Club and the Idaho Horse Council. He was a judge of Australian and Canadian Nationals and helped with the Chief Joseph Ride for several years. He was President of the Board of Directors for the Appaloosa Horse Club, served on the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Equine Affairs, and was Chairman of the American Horse Council Land Use Committee. He died in 1988

“Dick was a darn-good horseman who could cowboy with the best.”

Sherm Swim was a true cowboy during his life. Even after his passing, his horses continued their winning ways with a home-bred filly winning two NRCHA Intermountain Circuit Futurity Championships in 2011. He has been recognized as a 50-year Breeder by AQHA.

Sherm was born and raised on Bannock Creek, and after serving in the Army in WWII, he returned to ranching there, where he eventually purchased three ranches to accompany land leased from his Indian neighbors.

Sherm was a good calf roper in the 1950s on horses he bred, raised and trained. One time he traded his calf horse for a brand new car with its back seat full of hand-woven Navaho saddle blankets. He helped form the Idaho Cowboys Association. Since an accident took his life in 2011, his family has continued the ranching tradition.

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Boyd Weeks was born in Weston , Idaho in 1947 and grew up in Preston . He loved showing his dad’s two Clydesdales at Black and White Days in Richmond where the two mares would always take Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. At 17 he competed in Chariot Racing, and broke a filly to become a top roping horse in the Intermountain area.

People come from all parts of the U.S. and Canada to breed or purchase some of Boyd’s bloodlines, which have produced many stakes winners and Team Roping horses at the National Final Rodeo. He has been awarded Breeder of the Year for the Cache Valley Cutter Club, and has had Top Filly of the Year Awards.

On cold winter days you will find Boyd in the field, his hands full of harness lines, driving a beautiful matched pair he is getting ready for the track. 

 

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