HALL OF FAME

HALL OF FAME APPLICATION




Welcome Gene Allen to our Illinois Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame
Gene Allen moved to Illinois in 1986. He had been a successful Race Horse Trainer in Oklahoma, and continued training Race Horses throughout his life. Gene became the President of the Illinois Quarter Horse Racing in 2005. He was instrumental in promoting Racing Quarter Horses to Lobbying in the Legislature, working with the Department of Agriculture, and seeking support from AQHA to bring Quarter Horse Racing to the Para Mutual tracks in addition to the fair tracks. Gene became our Illinois Quarter Horse Association President in 2009 and continued through 2013. The Fairmont Park Track still holds the Gene Allen Memorial Race in his honor and this year’s purse was $25000.00!





Welcome Bobby Smith to our Illinois Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame
It may be a long way from McLean, Illinois, in the shadows of the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, but Bobby Smith has never forgotten his roots. He may have grown up on a farm around soybeans and corn, but from the time Bobby was 7 years old, he was showing horses. He noted that his mother read every book or article about how to work with horses that she could find, and his dad applied the hands-on assistance, motivation and inspiration to help him reach his goals.

From Open and 4-H shows at the McLean County Riding Club and the Stock Horse Association, to becoming a member of the Illinois Youth team, Bobby worked hard at every level. He eventually competed at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, two times and the AQHYA World Championship Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma, twice representing IQHA. He has also shown horses in AQHA events as an adult.

Bobby admits that the many horse friends he met over the years inspired him and led him in his career path. He worked at horse shows for Tommy Manion during his time in Springfield, Illinois, and still connects with many of his friends that he showed with as a youth.

The Illinois Quarter Horse Association has a special place in his heart. Bobby served on the board of directors for several years, and he has been the emcee for this very awards banquet in the past. When Bobby's two daughters came along, they both showed with the Illinois Youth team for their entire youth careers. Bobby's wife Kelly also served as the youth advisor.

Perhaps Bobby's greatest legacy, however, is the support for the horse industry that he has provided through the companies he works for. Rod Patrick Boots recently became the official boot of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association for collegiate equestrian teams and is actively involved in the association's events, through Bobby's guidance.

CINCH Jeans is an active corporate sponsor of the National Snaffle Bit Association, including supporting the National Snaffle Bit Youth Association's jeans drive in 2019 as well as sponsoring the association's First 2 Finish Duel Trail contest last year. He has also supported horse shows at Gordyville and Du Quoin over the years.

"I believe in what the horse community does for people, and what it's done for me," Bobby said. "It's important for the folks who can make a positive impact to do so, to help keep these organizations growing and thriving. I am blessed to do what I love for a living, and I'm blessed to work for companies that want to make a difference. I feel there is no organization any better for youth than the horse community, and I'm especially fond of that area of the business."

"Being named to the Hall of Fame is extremely unexpected and very flattering. I'm flabbergasted," he said. Bobby and Kelly live in the Fort Worth, Texas area, where Bobby serves as vice president of CINCH and operates the Rod Patrick Boots retail store in the Fort Worth.





Welcome Pine Chock to our Illinois Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame
Illinois Hall of Fame Inductee Pine Chock AQHA Stallion Pine Chock began his life in 1963 at Paul Curtner's Jacksboro, Texas ranch. Curtner had purchased Pine Chock's dam, Codalena, and soon found her to be a magical cross with his AQHA Hall of Fame stallion, Poco Pine.

Pine Chock was the sixth foal out of Codalena by Poco Pine. Prior to Pine Chock's arrival, that same cross had already produced two AQHA champions and numerous Halter point earners. With the mare power of Codalena, and the decorated Poco Pine's sire power, Pine Chock had the blue blood in his pedigree to be successful.

Rube Hanks went to Texas with $10,000 - that his wife Elsie had hidden in his underwear - to buy Pine Chock from Paul Curtner as a weanling. Hanks raised the colt and began showing him lightly as a two year old. As a three year old, Pine Chock and Hanks won the prestigious 1966 Illinois State Fair in Junior Western Pleasure, besting 127 entries. Charlie Dobbs, who as a youth was living with the Hanks family, showed Pine Chock to win the Youth Western Pleasure at a large futurity in Ellisville, Missouri. Hanks' son, Darrell, also showed Pine Chock to earn several points in Reining.

Charlie Dobbs remembered that "He was a 15.3 chestnut with a pretty head and neck. He was straight and correct, and had a great disposition and a super way of going," "We broke and showed a lot of his babies, and he passed that movement and great disposition on to his babies. He was one of the best, if not the best, stallion in Illinois. Pine Chock."

By the end of his show career, Pine Chock would earn 163.5 AQHA points, including 68 Halter and 95.5 Performance points in Western Pleasure and Reining. The stallion also earned Superior awards in Halter and Western Pleasure and a Performance Register of Merit, as well as the AQHA Champion title.

As a breeding stallion, Pine Chock sired 71 AQHA point-earning foals including 11 Superior awards, 37 Register of Merits and one AQHA Champion. In all, his foals would earn 2,354 AQHA points. Among his notable offspring include:

- Lady Del Rey, 269 points, Superior Open and Youth Western Pleasure, - Pokes Son, 232 points, Superior in Western Pleasure - Chocka Paula, 119 points, Superior Western Pleasure, - Golly Pine Taylor, 187 points, AQHA Youth Champion - Easter Pine, 156 points

IQHA
Hall of Fame
Honored Persons

Dick Adams . Owen Mathews
Harold Baker Margaret A. "Margy" Haines Ruth McDonald
Dick Bingham
      * QH Journal article
Gordon Hannagan
   *
Hannagan family article
 Connie McLaughlin
Karen Bingham Jan Hannagan
   *Hannagan family article
Bill Miller
Sharon Broughton
  *Illinois Senate memorial
Tom Hennigh, Jr. George Moore
Drew Butzow
   *Pard's Western Shop article
. Oliver Mudd
Carson Dodd Verlin Jackson Dean Pearson
F. C. "Sonny" Dodd Arlie King Becky Ray
Barbara Ellis Howard Koch Jim Ray
Don Ellis Gil Koehler Tom Tucker
William Garver  Mr. James Steinman  .

IQHA
Hall of Fame
Honored Horses

 Two Eyed Jack
      * Wikipedia article
 A Sharp Leo  King Paul
 Peter McCue  Power Mite  Illini Duke
 Kings Dun  Jetty Man  Physical Ed
 SR Magic Man  January Investment
   *Article from the QH Journal
 Impressive Review
 Zippos Ace of Spades
  *QH Journal article
  Tardy Too  Rafters Bar Special
 A Classical Mister    Skip Topkick
  Miss Veta Cash    


 

  TIME FRAME

 

  YEAR

 PEOPLE

 HORSES

  1995  OLIVER MUDD; HAROLD BAKER; CARSON DODD; RUTH MCDONALD  PETER MCCUE; TWO EYED JACK; KING PAUL
 1996  JIM & BECKY RAY; GORDON & JAN HANNAGAN; OWEN MATTHEWS  ILLINI DUKE; POWER MITE
 1997  GIL KOEHLER; DEAN PEARSON; MARGY HAINES  KINGS DUN
 1998  ARLIE KING  No horse inducted
 1999  No inductees  No horse inducted
 2000  VERLIN JACKSON  JETTY MAN
 2001  DREW BUTZOW  No horse inducted
 2002  GEORGE MOORE  PHYSICAL ED
 2003  BILL MILLER  A SHARP LEO
2004-06  No inductees  No horse inducted
  2007  RICHARD & KAREN BINGHAM  
 2008  BARBARA & DON ELLIS  SR MAGIC MAN
 2009  BILL GARVER  JANUARY INVESTMENT
  2010   HOWARD KOCH & TOM TUCKER  IMPRESSIVE REVIEW & TARDY TOO
  2011   DICK ADAMS & TOM HENNIGH, JR.   ZIPPOS ACE OF SPADES
  2012   F.C. "SONNY" DODD   A CLASSICAL MISTER & RAFTERS BAR SPECIAL
  2013   CONNIE MCLAUGHLIN  
  2014   SHARON BROUGHTON   SKIP TOPKICK
  2017   MR. JAMES STEINMAN   MISS VETA CASH