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Eastern Idaho Horseman Hall of Fame


April 2013 issue  


     Five individuals and one couple will be inducted into the Eastern Idaho Horseman Hall of Fame at the 16th Annual Banquet to be held April 26, 2013, in Idaho Falls , Idaho . For more information about the Hall of Fame Museum in Rigby , Idaho , contact Betsy Furniss at 208-346-1716.

2013 Inductees


Garth and Glenis Chivers
are third generation ranchers in the Round Valley , near Challis, Idaho .

Owning Quarter Horses was a fact of life for them; mares with colts at their side were always in the pastures. Their kids participated in 4-H and high school rodeo.  

Garth and Glenis raised registered Quarter Horses and cattle on their ranch.  They were members of the Tri-County Cattle & Horse Assn., American Quarter Horse Assn., Idaho Cattlemen’s Assn., and Custer Soil Conservation. Garth was appointed by the Governor to represent the Custer Stewardship Program. Glenis was voted Ranch Wife of the Year.

The ranch spanned a distance of 100 plus miles from pasture ground in Stanley , Round Valley , and the grazing association in Pahsimeroi.

Dale Clark, of Blackfoot, Idaho , is honored to join his father — Don Clark of Georgetown , Idaho , a 1997 Honoree.  

Dale’s lifetime of horsemanship has been focused upon rodeo. He has served on the Famous Preston Night Rodeo committee, Madison County Rodeo Committee, Board of Directors for the Eastern Idaho Rodeo Association and Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association. He served as President of the Idaho High School Rodeo Association. He also served on the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Board of Directors and Student Director for the Rocky Mountain Region. He helped get a high school rodeo club started in Montpelier High School (now known as Bear Lake High School), so he could compete his senior year. Most recently Dale has been involved in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association, competing in steer wrestling.

Dale is well known for riding good horses which he bred and raised. He has willingly shared his knowledge and experience of horsemanship while teaching steer wrestling and tie-down roping to youngsters.


Melvin Daines Griffeth became the first rodeo coach for Ricks College in Rexburg , Idaho , where he taught Biology. He also taught Colt Breaking and Field Biology A -Horseback, a class he started that taught students to ride and learn biology in the greater Yellowstone area. More than 10,000 students have taken this class. Ricks College won many regional championships and had five national champs, competing against two- and four-year schools, under his leadership.  

Asked in 1981 to do the Grand Entry for the Whoopee Days Rodeo in Rexburg, Melvin assembled six of his 4-H kids and that was the beginning of the Americana Horse Riding Group. The Americans have performed for more than 30 years — with 400 plus performances and more than 400 people involved. They have participated in two July 4th parades in Washington D.C. ; 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade, and Rose Bowl Parade.


Evan Lewis McLain has served on the Bancroft Rodeo committee and was chairman of the Young Farmer & Rancher at Caribou County Farm Bureau. In 1976 he rode for the Pony Express during the Pony Express Centennial Re-Enactment. Evan has also served on the Chesterfield Land & Livestock Association board and as president of the North Gem Booster Club and superintendent of draft horses on the Blackfoot State Fair.  

Evan bought his first draft horse — instead of a car — in 1963 when he was 17. Over the years he has bred and sold horses to 10 different states, as well as Canada and Mexico . Evan competed in horse pulling for about 10 years. He has a 6-horse hitch that he takes to the county and state fairs every year and to draft horse shows in Montana and Utah , and Wagon Days Parade in Ketchum , Idaho .


Justin Skaar was born and raised in Lewisville , ID. Justin and brother DuWayne run the family feedlot & farming operation.  

Justin has served as a Director of the Idaho Cattle Feeders Association and received the Cattle Feeder of the Year Award in 1995; he helped to organize and served as Director and Officer of the Eastern Idaho Team Penning and Branding Association and was President and Futurity Committee Chairman of Idaho Cutting Horse Association for many years.


Dave Zimmerman has been in the horse business since 1960 — in racing, pleasure horses and finally settled on raising good reining horses. He and his wife, Lorene, have registered 283 foals, owned horses with NRHA money earnings of $252,062, and a total of 857 AQHA points.  

     His horses have excelled in reining or cow horse competition, and in rodeo. His horse “Cee Bee Command” is an AQHA Senior Working Cowhorse Champion and an AQHA Senior Reining Champion. Dave is a walking, talking encyclopedia of knowledge of horse pedigrees and performance. He takes this knowledge to the utmost degree to attain an even more superior working horse.



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