Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Names 2017 Inductees

DELAYED EVENT Rescheudled to Friday January 27, 2017 due to expected weather event on Friday, January 13, 2017. (Due to an anticipated severe weather event in Oklahoma City this coming Friday evening January 13th, the induction banquet for the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame has been rescheduled and will be held on January 27th.   If you already purchased tickets or made reservations you will be contacted about the reservations for the event on the 27th.  Please help us get the word out that the event has been rescheduled due to anticipated bad weather.) 

Four horsemen, three horses and one ranch will enter the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2017.

January 3, 2017 - From the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association

The Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to recognize outstanding individuals and/or horses, whose contributions involving the American Quarter Horse significantly impacted the great state of Oklahoma’s equine industry.

This event is dependent on the generosity of donors who acknowledge those contributions with financial support.

The 13th annual prestigious Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday, January 13, at the Embassy Suites, 741 North Phillips Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; 405-239-9000.

The ceremony is a ticketed event, open to the public, benefitting the Hall of Fame. A cocktail reception will begin the proceedings followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. 

The 2017 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Inductees will be:

Wayne Halvorson

 (Photo Credit: K.C. Montgomery)

Wayne Halvorson is a past chairperson of the AQHA Professional Horseman Committee, current member of the AQHA Judges Committee, was elevated to the position of AQHA Director Emeritus, and a past president of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association. Halvorson was the architect of the OQHA Redbud Spectacular Quarter Horse Show and proposed the regional horse show concept. Wayne was a founding member of the National Snaffle Bit Association and the World Conformation Horse Association.  

He has been around ranching all his life growing up in North Dakota on a cattle ranch. He was participated in rodeo, 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Wayne earned a degree in business administration with honors at the University of North Dakota.  

Wayne and his three children have had numerous AQHA and Palomino Horse Breeders of America world champions. Halvorson has always been a strong proponent for the welfare of the horse and dedicated to the American Quarter Horse Association. He and his wife Rebecca live in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Ray Kimsey

Ray Kimsey

Ray Kimsey was born June 11, 1932, in Oklahoma City to parents Derounda Kimsey and Thelma J. Jackson Kinsey. He graduated from graduated Putnam City High School and was awarded a basketball sponsorship from Oklahoma State University. After three years, he knew in his heart that he wanted to participate in the meats judging team, not basketball. During this time period he married his high school sweetheart, Delores Hales, in 1953. He graduated with a degree in animal science in 1954.

Kimsey went into the military during the Korean War and returned home in 1956. He went to work for Armor & Co. as a cattle buyer in Oklahoma City. The company moved him to Dodge City, Kansas; Amarillo; then back to Dodge City. Ray went into business with a partner and transported cattle for a couple of years. Then along with some partners, he established the first commercial feed yards in the Oklahoma panhandle, the Texas County Feed Yards, Inc. It was largest capacity ever for a feedlot, holding 33,000 head. He served as general manager/owner from 1965 to 1992, then general manager from 1992 to 1996. Then he returned to Oklahoma City. 

Motivated by his two daughters’ interest in horses, Ray became a member, state director and ultimately the 1998 Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association president. He served as an OQHA youth director from 1992 to 1994. During that time, the OQHA youth team won the 1992 All American Quarter Horse Congress and the AQHYA world championship. Kinsey raised $30,000 to offset the OQHYA, which found itself in debt. Kimsey served as an AQHA elected director and on the AQHA Equine Research Committee for two years.

Delores and Ray Kimsey live in Oklahoma City and raised six children: Donna Lynn, Ruth Marie, Kristin Michelle, Mark Ross, Robert Dale and the late Richard Owen. 

Carl Pevehouse

Carl Pevehouse

Carl was born December 10, 1933, in Oktaha, Oklahoma, to Theo Henry Pevehouse and Edna Marie Jones Pevehouse. He graduated from Oktaha High School and attended Oklahoma A&M. Carl served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Rozella Baker. Carl was self-employed in the oil-field valve repair and separator business, starting PV Valve in 1976.

Pevehouse’s passion was breeding, raising and racing American Quarter Horses. He was a true horseman in the Quarter Horse industry. He started the "Candy" line of horses in 1979. Carl has had much success with his "Candy" bloodline, which has produced many winners, including the 2014 Remington Park Derby. Although Carl had already passed, his ultimate dream was fulfilled when Jess Good Candy won the 2015 All American Futurity and he was well represented by Rosella and all his family as they celebrated his success.  

For more than 30 years, he was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for several years.

Carl was named 2011, 2012 and 2013 Champion Oklahoma Owner and Breeder. One of his earlier points of pride was in the early 1960s, when he was the second rancher to bring Charolais cattle to Oklahoma. He and Rozella had a small ranch by the name of Rose P Ranch. Carl died on April 26, 2014.

Bill Price

Bill and Mary Price

Bill Price was born April 6, 1937, and has been married for more than 60 years to Mary Emerson Price. They raised four children. Bill and Mary live on their ranch in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Bill only completed the eighth grade but he saw the importance of education as he helped many young individuals go to college by offering scholarships. 

Bill’s first racehorse, Master Hand Jr, purchased as a tax deduction in 1986, started the Quarter Horse racing journey for the Price family. Then came A Real Man, and what a horse he was. In 2002, he was the AQHA champion gelding and overall 2-year-old champion. In 2003, the OQHRA awarded him as Horse of the Year, champion Quarter Horse racing stock, champion aged gelding and champion Oklahoma-bred. Bill was the leading Oklahoma owner and breeder that year, as well. That same year, Frisco Fling was recognized by the OQHRA as leading dam of breeding stock.

Although A Real Man was one of Bill’s favorite horses, Southern Cartel shares that honor. Running an impressive 2-year-old year, then winning the 2003 Ruidoso Derby, the Lazy E Derby, second in the Texas Classic Derby, the Rainbow Derby, Mr Jet Moore Handicap, a finalist for the All American Derby, Refrigerator Handicap, Championship at Sunland Park, All American Gold Cup, being named high-point 3-year-old and setting track records along the way. After his racing career was over, Southern Cartel headed to JEH to stand at stud. On June 6, 2006, a barn fire broke out. Six horses were killed, including Southern Cartel, the only un-syndicated stud in the barn and a horse that Price had turned down a cool $4 million for.

Bill's horses held numerous track records at Los Alamitos for 12 years. Price was the 2009-2015 AQHA regional high-point Oklahoma breeder and owner. He earned the title of OQHRA leading breeder and owner for many years. As an owner, Bill had had 3,273 starts with 57 stakes wins and earnings of more than $10 million.



Eastex was a brown colt foaled in 1982 by the Thoroughbred stallion Texas Dancer out of the Easy Jet mare Tall Cotton. Eastex won his first race by a length in a 250-yard maiden at Manor Downs in 1984, and that was the beginning of one of the most stellar seasons of any 2-year-old Quarter Horse in history. Trained by James McArthur, Eastex won the All American Futurity (G1); Dash For Cash Futurity (G1); Bay Meadows Futurity (G1), where he set a new track record and a career-high 106 speed index; and 10 other races. He finished third in the Grade 1 Kindergarten and Golden State Futurities. He was the AQHA high money-earning horse that year, earned AQHA Supreme Race Horse honors and was named the 1982 champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding.

At 3 in 1985, Eastex began the year winning the Golden State Derby (G1). He then finished second in the El Primero Del Ano Derby (G1). He made eight starts at 4 years of age, finishing third in the Vessels Maturity (G1). He was also a finalist in the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1), World's Championship Classic (G1), All American Gold Cup (G1) and Horsemen's QHRA Championship (G1). He ended the year with another $27,226.

Eastex came back as a 5-year-old in 1987 for one final race, finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Peninsula Championship. 

In 1993, at the age of 11, Eastex was sold by his breeder-owner for $4,000 to interests in Mexico. A group of horsemen put together by Andrew Golden and his mother Connie (owners at the time of the Speedhorse periodical) led an effort to raise $10,000 to purchase Eastex and return him to the United States, where he was to be retired. The honorary Eastex owners included Gail Butler, Andy and Jean Chavers, Sandy and Bob Erwin, Richard Fell DVM, Kenneth Freund, Robert Gentry, Jim and Marilyn Helzer, Jeff Holmes, Roger Knight Esq., Alfred Marez, Linda and Jerry Minter, Bruce and Rexanne Pilkenton (Bruce was Eastex’s jockey), Joe and Joyce Platt, Paula Platt, Dee and Betty Raper (Belle Mere Farms), Joella Rogers, Ernie Rowe, Ron and Melany Shalz, the John Shaw family, Mike Taylor, Gerald Vetter, Jerry Windham, Butch Wise and Lazy E Ranch, Robert and Cynthia Zoch, Blue Ribbon Downs, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and his Speedhorse family. 

The gelding held the distinction of being the all-time leading money-earning 2-year-old for 27 years, only to be overtaken by Stolis Winner in 2008. Eastex earned $1,573,622 as a 2-year-old. He retired with $1,869,406 from a race record of 31-13(4)-4(1)-5(3).

Eastex was allowed to live out his life in dignity. After his return to Oklahoma, he lived at Andy Golden’s farm in Norman, then moved to Dee and Betty Raper’s Belle Mere Farm ,where he lived until at 32, the hard decision was made and Eastex was euthanized on March 25, 2013, due to complications of old age.

Mr Master Bug

Mr Master Bug

In 1982, the world of Quarter Horse racing was in awe of an accomplishment that has yet to be relived by anyone. Owner Marvin Barnes watched two of his homebreds, Mr Master Bug and Miss Squaw Hand, finish first and second in the first "true" $1 million horse race, the All American Quarter Horse Futurity. It was the first and last time an owner had the top two finishers in the All American Futurity.

Trainer Jack Brooks qualified both of the entries into the finals of the rich event for owners Marvin and Lela Barnes. With jockey Jacky Martin aboard Mr Master Bug and jockey Jerry Burgess aboard Miss Squaw Hand, the Barnes-owned entries race down the track on the Labor Day event to finish first and second in the 440-yard dash.

In his 3-year-old campaign, Mr Master Bug would come back to Ruidoso to contest the All American Derby. He was coupled as an entry with Miss Squaw Hand, again with Martin and Burgess aboard for trainer Jack Brooks. Mr Master Bug would hit the wire in front, but then was disqualified and placed third for interference. Instead of getting a check for $564,161 for winning the All American Derby, he earned $110,256 for the disqualified third-place finish. Mr Master Bug retired with a career total of $1,793,718. 



As a weanling in October 1993, Perpetualism he was sold to Rose Poindexter of Calera, Oklahoma. In November 1994, Jerry Wells saw that royalty in him and one of his customers at the time, Joan Crews Hoyt of San Angelo, Texas, purchased him with the intention that Jerry would buy him from her at a later time. In March 1995, Wells purchased Perpetualism at the same price that Hoyt had paid, making Wells the sole owner. 

On his show record from AQHA, Perpetualism accumulated 28 halter points in open shown by Jerry and his daughter, Nancy Wells. He also earned 6 halter points in amateur shown by Rose Poindexter’s son, Brandon White. 

Perpetualism earned 53 firsts, three seconds and one fifth. Jerry Wells showed Perpetualism to the 1995 AQHA 2-year-old stallions world championship, 1996 AQHA 3-year-old stallions world championship and 1997 AQHA aged stallions world championship. 

In January 2002, Jerry’s health forced him to sell Perpetualism. Wayne and Rebecca Halvorson arranged for the stallion to be purchased by Cal and Rosemarie Loree's Loree Quarter Horses of Guthrie, Oklahoma.  In January 2005, Ed Melzer of Guthrie became a partner with Cal Loree on ownership of the stallion.  Wayne Halvorson was the breed manager of Perpetualism on behalf of Loree Quarter Horses until the stallion died on April 1, 2010. 

Lazy E Ranch

Lazy E Ranch

Envisioned and built by owner E.K. Gaylord II, the entities that make up the Lazy E are an incredible part of the equine breeding and western sports industries in Oklahoma and across the nation.

The Lazy E Ranch opened its gates in the fall of 1984 and has evolved into one of the most progressive equine breeding and sales prep facilities in the nation. Since its inception, the ranch has been involved in both the Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing industries. With the purchase of world champion and world champion sire Special Effort in 1989, the Lazy E began to earn recognition as one of the top Quarter Horse breeding operations in the country. 

Over the years, the Lazy E has been home to outstanding Thoroughbred stallions such as Slewacide, sire of the great Clever Trevor, and broodmare sire of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. Easy Jet, one of the Quarter Horse racing’s most influential stallions, stood at Lazy E Ranch. Today, the Lazy E Ranch stands Quarter Horse racing's No. 1 living sire of money earners and stakes winners, the legendary Corona Cartel. Also among the Lazy E stallion lineup is a perennial leading sire of money earners, PYC Paint Your Wagon. 

Sitting on part of the Lazy E’s rolling acres is the Lazy E Arena. Regarded as the world's premier western entertainment facility, the facility is recognized as the largest indoor rodeo arena in the world. Since its inception, the building has hosted world champions, world championships and personalities galore and now hosts more than 25 events each year, including many concerts, conventions, wedding receptions, bicycle racing, trade-shows, and dirt-bike racing.

In 2005, Gaylord sold the property to a partnership from Nevada, and in October 2013, the property was sold to the McKinney Family from Midland, Texas. The McKinneys have long recognized the importance of the Lazy E’s place both as an event venue and as a leader in the Quarter Horse breeding, racing and sales industries and are committed to a future of growth and a continued alliance with Oklahoma’s horsemen.


Bud Breeding Spirit Award – Don Earl LaPorte

Bud Breeding Spirit Award – Don Earl LaPorte

When horse enthusiast Don LePorte lost sight in one eye due to diabetes, he continued competing on his beloved Quarter Horses. But one year later, he completely lost his sight and was at the end of his rope. Don, with the help of his employees, managed a stocker cow operation. Then he discovered trail riding. 

Don was interested in helping others battle the depression of blindness. In 2008, his idea came to fruition.  He organized a ride for students at the Oklahoma School for the Blind from Muskogee, Oklahoma. Volunteers brought horses and assisted Don with his dream at Lowell and Donna Hobbs Barefoot Ranch near Haskell, Oklahoma. Now the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and Rocky and Deborah Webb host this annual event at Silver Spur Western Lodge in Haskell.



Tickets for the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Ceremony are available for $55 from the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association, 5506 N Rockwell Ave, Bethany, OK 73008-2040, 405-440-0694 voice, 405-440-0649 fax, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., website: www.okqha.com.

If you wish to sponsor an inductee and/or their award, that form is also found on the OQHA website.