Make informed decision on horse racing proposition

This letter is in response to the Idaho Press’ Editorial Board for their opinion piece of the ‘Save Idaho Horse Racing’ initiative Proposition 1 printed on 9/3/18. They reported that out of $88 million dollars generated by the HHR Terminals, only $600,000 went to the Public-School Fund. They neglected to tell their readers that 90% of that $88 million is returned to the bettors playing the HHR Terminals. The remaining 10% is divided between The Idaho Racing Commission, Public School Fund, Horse Council Youth Programs, Small Track Fund, Purses, Thorobred and Quarterhorse Breeders, and Track Operators. The Idaho Lottery returns 67 cents out of every dollar to the player.

Opponents of HHR Terminals say they are too much like slot machines; then how do the Touch Tab Lottery machines, also a fast paced video wagering game, fly under the radar. They also have a brightly lit up exterior that has a touchscreen that allows the bettor to wager as fast as he can move his fingers. Our Legislators turn a blind eye to them, but have destroyed an Industry that generates $50 million a year into the state according to a study done by Boise State University.

Horse Racing purses have always been generated by the wagers made. Treasure Valley Racing should not be singled out and denied the use of modern technology. The machines use a Pari-Mutual Betting System which has been legal since 1963.

So, ask yourself, who is really being duped? If Proposition 1 fails, who benefits the most – The Tribal Casinos and the Idaho Lottery that will have a monopoly on the market. Go to and get the facts so you can make an informed decision.

Marta Loveland, Caldwell


The Idaho Horse Council sells  metal ($15.00) Equine Activities  Signs, if you are a member of the Idaho Horse Council signs will be $10.00


 6-1801. Definitions. As used in this chapter:

(1) Engages in an equine activity’ means a person who rides, trains, drives or is a passenger upon an equine, whether mounted or unmounted, and does not mean a spectator at an equine activity or a person who participates in the equine activity but does not ride, train, drive or ride as a passenger upon an equine. (2) ‘Equine’ means a horse, pony, mule, donkey or jinny. (3) ‘Equine activity” means:

(a) Equine shows, fairs, competitions, performances or parades that involve any or all breeds of equine and any of the equine disciplines including, but not limited to, dressage, hunter and jumper horse shows, grand prix jumping, three (3) day events, combined training, rodeos, driving, pulling, cutting, polo, steeple chasing, endurance trail riding and western games, and hunting;

(b) Equine training and/or teaching activities; (c) Boarding equines;

(d) Riding, inspecting or evaluating an equine belonging to another whether or not the owner has received some monetary consideration or other thing of value for the use of the equine or in permitting a prospective purchaser of the equine to ride, inspect or evaluate the equine; and

(e) Rides, trips, hunts or other equine activities of any type however informal or impromptu that are sponsored by an equine activity sponsor,

(4) “Equine activity sponsor” means an individual, group or club, partnership or corporation, whether or not the sponsor is operating for profit or nonprofit, which sponsors, organizes or provides the facilities for an equine activity including, but not limited to, pony clubs, 4-H clubs, hunt clubs, riding clubs, school and college sponsored classes and programs, therapeutic riding programs, and operators, instructors and promoters of equine facilities including, but not limited to, stables, clubhouses, pony tide strings, fairs and arenas at which the activity is held.

(5) “Equine professional’ means a person engaged for compensation in:

(a) Instructing a participant or renting to a participant an equine for the purpose of riding, driving or being a passenger

upon the equine; or

(b) Renting equipment or tack to a participant.

(6) ‘Participant’ means any person, whether amateur or professional, who directly engages in an equine activity, whether or not a fee is paid to participate in the equine activity.           [I.C., 6-1801, as added by   1 990, ch. 40, 1. p. 61 .1


6-1802.  Limitation of liability on equine activities. Eq uine professional shall (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, an equine activity sponsor or an eq

not be liable for any injury to or the death of a participant engaged in an equine activity and, except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, no participant nor participant’s representative may maintain an action against or recover from an equine activity sponsor or an equine professional for an injury to or the death of participant engaged in an equine activity.

(2) The provisions of this chapter do not apply to the horse or mule racing industry as regulated in chapter 25, title 54, Idaho


(3) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall prevent or limit the liability of an equine activity sponsor or an equine


(a) If the equine activity sponsor or the equine professional:

(i) Provided the equipment or tack and the equipment or tack caused the injury: or

(ii) Provided the equine and failed to make reasonable and prudent efforts to determine the ability of the participant to engage safely in the equine activity, determine the ability of the equine to behave safely with the participant, and to tterrnine the ability of the participant to safely manage the particular equine;

(iii@ Owns, leases, rents 6r otherwise is in lawful possession and control of the land or facilities upon which the participant sustained injuries because of a dangerous latent condition which was known to or should have been known to the equine activity sponsor or the equine professional and for which warning signs

have not been conspicuously posted;

(iv) Commits an act or omission that constitutes willful or wanton disregard for the safety of the participant and that act or omission caused the injury; (v) Intentionally injures the participant;

(b) Under liability provisions as set forth in the products liability laws; or

(c) Under the liability provisions set forth in chapter 9, title 6, Idaho Code,       k[I.C., 6-1802, as added by 1990,

  1. 40, 1. p.61.1

Compiles notes, Section 2 of S.L. iT, ch. 40 read: ‘7he provisions of this act apply only to causes of action filed on or after July 1, 1990.”


Idaho Code


These sign can be bought at numerous stores and the Idaho Horse Council Office(208-465-5477) for more information.

Idaho State Brand Inspection Update

Idaho State Brand inspection update

espectfully submitted by Marybeth Conger, BCHI National Director and IHC board member

Last year in Idaho, a bill was proposed to change Title 25, Animals, Chapter11, State Brand Board and eliminate equine annual and lifetime brand inspections since fees collected did not cover expenses. Fortunately, this bill was tabled to give an opportunity for industry input. On September 10, I and many others, attended a collaborative industry meeting at the Idaho State Police Headquarters located in Meridian, Idaho. The purpose of this meeting was for discussions regarding different ideas/proposals to make the equine brand inspection program more financially sustainable.

Attendees included Cody Burlile State Brand Inspector, Idaho Cattle Association, The Beef Board, Idaho Dairy Bureau, Idaho Farm Bureau, Back Country Horsemen of America, Back Country Horsemen of Idaho, American Quarter horse association, Dressage, Idaho Horse Council and the Idaho Horse Board.  It was agreed that the Idaho Horse Council (IHC) would take the lead and write a proposal to reflect a higher fee for equine inspections and submit the IHC board ratified proposal to the other meeting attendees. IHC will work with Cody Burlile to collect information and program insight when drafting the proposal. IHC would need to hire a lobbyist too.

As equine owners, we know these inspections legitimize ownership. But let’s not forget that the Idaho Horse Board (IHB) gets $3.00 for each inspection. Funds collected are then given back to Idaho horse industry yearly in the form of grants to further interests in promotion, research, and education. Since 1989, $496,395 in grants have been awarded. If your chapter is looking for monies to further chapter education or promotion and research, make sure to complete and submit your grant application by December 1st. Details can be found at

Please help to spread the word and let me know, if any questions about the proposed fee increase or how Idaho Horse Board grants can help BCHI chapters achieve education goals.




Proposition 1

Dear Fellow Horsemen,
This fall, Idaho voters across the state will have an opportunity to revive our horse
racing industry and solve a public policy question that the Legislature has been unable
to settle. Proposition 1 would also create hundreds of jobs statewide, boost the
economy, generate millions of dollars for public schools, and provide funding for 4-H
and youth programs.
Proposition 1 provides these benefits through the limited and regulated reauthorization
of Historical Horse Racing terminals, which for a short period in 2014-15 helped keep
our state’s horse racing traditions strong and vibrant. The initiative clearly limits HHR
operation to race tracks that host at least 8 race days per year and approved simulcast
We ask that you formally endorse Proposition 1 and help work for its passage. Thank
you for your consideration and we’re happy to provide any other details of the campaign
to Save Idaho Horse Racing. Should you agree to formally endorse Proposition 1
please notify
Connie Blayney









Save Idaho Horse Racing is a campaign to restore and revive Idaho’s horse racing industry. This initiative will bring back the hundreds of jobs horse racing creates, provide funding for Idaho schools, and allow the voice of Idahoans to be heard.


When Historical Horse Racing terminals were repealed in 2015, effectively killing live horse racing, over 500 jobs were directly lost, and many indirect jobs supported by the horse industry left for neighboring states. YES on Prop 1 will create jobs statewide, and reestablish trainers, breeders and local feed stores across rural Idaho.


YES on Prop 1 will generate millions of dollars for Idaho public schools. A portion of the tax revenue generated by Historical Horse Racing terminals will be deposited into the Public School Income Fund, benefitting students, teachers, and classrooms statewide.


The result of banning historical horse racing in 2015 was a government-created gaming monopoly for non-taxpaying casinos. The casino monopoly’s political antics have had the effect of shutting down Idaho’s traditional horse racing industry, limiting competition in the free market.


Historical Horse Racing terminals were legal in Idaho just a few years ago until casino interests and their lobbyists played politics-as-usual to shut them down. YES on Prop 1 bypasses politicians and lets the people of Idaho uphold our shared values and traditions.

ELMONT, NY – JUNE 09: Justify #1, ridden by Mike Smith, wins the Belmont Stakes on Belmont Stakes Day at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Sydney Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)

Save Idaho Horse Racing Qualifies for November Ballot

It’s Official: The Campaign to Save Idaho Horse Racing Qualifies for November Ballot
Final Signature, Legislative District Totals Signal Broad Support for Proposition 1
(BOISE) — The Campaign to Save Idaho Horse Racing reached another critical milestone Tuesday
when the Secretary of State officially qualified the citizen’s initiative for the General Election
ballot in November.
The campaign, which began less than six months ago, exceeded two statutory thresholds
required for citizen initiatives to earn a spot on the ballot, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney
determined. The initiative will be listed on the ballot as Proposition 1, with a yes vote signifying support for the horse racing industry and the reauthorization of historical horse racing terminals,which the Legislature repealed in 2015.
Despite aggressive opposition tactics from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and its casino-funded political action committee and Idaho’s high standards for initiatives, the campaign gathered more than the required 56,192 valid signatures from all 44 Idaho counties. The campaign also cleared the statutory geographic diversity requirement of 6 percent of registered voters in more than 18 legislative districts.
“Horse racing has a long and storied history in Idaho. It’s a big business and important to our state,” said Governor Butch Otter. “We’re home to many great breeders, trainers, jockeys and other industry professionals. Like rodeo, horse racing reflects Idaho’s western rural roots and a continuing connection to our cowboy heritage. I hope voters see fit in November to help keep horse racing viable for generations to come by voting “Yes” on Proposition 1.” The announcement means voters will now have the chance to help revitalize Idaho’s horse racing industry and bring competitive and exciting racing back to tracks like Les Bois Park and others around the state. A “YES” vote for Proposition 1 also means supporting public schools, youth horse programs and reviving a racing infrastructure that supported hundreds of jobs and contributed $50 million annually to the state’s economy, said Bruce Newcomb, former Idaho House Speaker and chairman of Save Idaho Horse Racing. “We have believed all along that Idahoans have special feelings for horse racing and all the benefits it brings to our state,” Newcomb said. “That belief has now been confirmed. There is much work yet to be done. But this is truly exciting for horse racing fans as well as the jockeys, trainers and many others who may once again have the opportunity to come back and work in a thriving and vibrant Idaho horse racing industry.”

Les Vogt Idaho Horse Expo 2019

Many in the reined cow horse world have been iinfluenced by two-time NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion Les Vogt, but Vogt remembers being inspired by Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Lash Laroo. As a child, he would watch their movies and then, in his words, “go jump on poor old Sweetheart and run that mare, bareback, up and down these mile long canal banks as fast as she would run yelling ‘Hi Ho Silver!’”

Clearly, Vogt knew he wanted a horse career from a young age, and by the time he was nine, he was making money. “ The neighbor gave me fifty bucks to start the Shetland pony. But I liked the taste of it at the time.”

You might say the horse business was in his blood. His roots go back to his horse trading grandfather Chet Vogt.

Early on, with a horse his father had purchased for him, Les and friend Leon Harrell were off to the Cow Palace. Les remembers, “We had one day of formal training. I had no idea what was in store for me but I had prepared by dressing. Leon had bought hats with 4” crowns and 6″ brims; blue suede boots that would surely make us cowboys with sixteen inch tops and needle point toes and zippers up the sides and blue suede.”

Young Vogt also had a unique approach to the mechanics of showing. “I just went into the arena and ran around. I didn’t do any pattern by their standards. I just went in and galloped around, stopped and tipped my hat to the judge.” When he got a “no score”, he went to the judge to ask what was wrong.

When Les was fourteen, he went to work for “Sun A Via” Ranch where he learned from Johnny Lamont. He remembers, “Johnny stood five feet tall and spoke Castilian. I was scared to death of him. He’d say ‘Young man – that is how we are going to do this today.’ and I’d just reply Yes Sir!

“I saw guys with tapaderos and spade bits and two- reined horses and Angora chaps that couldn’t speak English. They didn’t come from Mexico. They had just been on ranches all their lives.”

Les studied the technique of those with more experience and began soaking up knowledge. A turning point in his career came when he gambled against all odds on a dare. At first Les was joking around when he called Fritz Watkin, the owner of King Fritz. “Watkin wanted fifty grand for the horse. I’d heard Ingersoll saying good things about King Fritz so my wife, Coralyn said ‘well why don’t you buy him?’”

Les didn’t have the money and didn’t expect to be taken seriously, but he called Watkin, agreeing to buy King Fritz and Watkin’s Broodmare Band for another $20,000. “I offered to send $1000 earnest money to hold the deal together. That’s all the money I had and that was for the groceries.”

Friend and customer Max Roof helped Les put together a business plan and found a lender. The horse’s rise to stardom was so successful the loan was paid off within a year—and the rest of the King Fritz story is legendary.

In January, 1977, tragedy struck. Les remembers, “When King Fritz died it was a dark day around our ranch. I was losing a position in the horse world as well as a really good friend in a horse.”

The only bright spot was that Les had a band of 20 plus broodmares in foal to King Fritz. But the tragedy was not over. They contracted a rare strain of rhino, and one at a time, all but two suffered late term abortions.

It was devastating for Vogt. “A few years later the King Fritz horses quit happening and I had to train what people brought me and I haven’t really said this too much but I had to start over. And it was the best thing that ever happened to me, having the top end experience and the desire to stay there.

He has 31 championship titles to his name, including two at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. He’s hosted television programs; his image has graced the cover of countless magazines and he’s put on clinics and produced videos for Non Pros and Amateurs. Currently, he travels the world putting on clinics for performance horsemanship and has made a business of designing intricate bits and spurs.

In spite of his tremendous success in the show ring, Les hopes to be remembered for something beyond the horse world. “I think that I would want to be remembered as someone who never wasted a moment. That in the search for excitement, found it, didn’t just talk about it.”

A brand inspection is required when:

A brand inspection is required when:

  • Ownership changes in any manner
  • Leaving the State of Idaho
  • Going to slaughter

Generally, it is the responsibility of the “Seller” or “current owner” to obtain the brand inspection and pay the appropriate inspection fees.

Always ask for a brand inspection when buying livestock! If the seller issues you a “bill of sale” instead, make sure the bill of sale is valid, and you call for a brand inspection within 10 days from the date of sale. In this case, the buyer will also be responsible for getting a brand inspection within 10 days and paying the brand inspection fees.

If you accept a bill of sale in lieu of a brand inspection certificate, and the animal is carrying a brand not recorded to the person who issued the bill of sale, then you could very well have to clear that brand before a brand inspection could be done.

Not obtaining a brand inspection when required by the Idaho brand laws is considered an infraction for the first offense and a misdemeanor for the second offense, punishable by a fine not to exceed $300 and or six months in jail.

Edith Stanger died Friday at age 93




Edith Stanger died Friday at age 93.

Fundamentally, she was a cowgirl from Bone, friends and family said, the daughter of a farmer and a school teacher. She and her husband, Dick, were among the most prominent Appaloosa horse breeders in the nation, exporting planeloads of the horses, once on the verge of disappearing, as far as Venezuela, Australia and England. And she was the last Democrat and the only woman ever to serve on the Bonneville County Commission.

“My grandmother was a talented woman, in fact, a force,” wrote Alexa Stanger, education director at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. “But she didn’t teach me to quilt, can fruit or bake cookies. She taught me to trust my gut, make a difference where you can, grab life (with) both hands and do what no one else could dream of doing. She is my inspiration.”

Alexa Stanger isn’t alone in that description. Nearly everyone the Post Register talked with about Edith Stanger used the same phrase to describe her: “a force of nature.”

At the same time, they described a woman who was deeply caring, forthright and hard-working.

Roy Reynolds, now a renowned local artist, spent 20 years working as a cowboy for Edith and Dick Stanger starting in 1969, caring for their large herd of Appaloosa horses (he counted 400 at one point, he said), including long drives from the Double Arrow Ranch in Bone to another ranch west of Idaho Falls.

“When I was young and pretty reckless, she let me work there and also live there when I needed to,” Reynolds said. “She looked out for me. They were very kind to me personally, and they didn’t have to be.

“Some people you just have a natural friendship with, and I did with them.”

Reynolds said Dick once told him a story about his wife that summed up her no-nonsense attitude well. Because of their prominence in the Appaloosa breeding community, in the 1950s they were sent to the USSR as part of a diplomatic mission to improve relations with the U.S., he said.

Mostly, things went smoothly. But at a Moscow hotel, a bellboy kept trying to take Edith’s suitcase from her. She repeatedly told him she would carry it, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer. When he again grabbed it, she “decked him,” he said.

“She about set off an international incident,” Reynolds laughed. “Nobody pushed her around.”

The force of her personality, and her honesty, garnered respect from those on the other end of the partisan divide, including longtime Republican legislator Linden Bateman, who worked with her compiling history related to the First Presbyterian Church.

“She was a queen,” Bateman said. “She was a wonderful, wonderful woman.”

Bonneville County Commission Chairman Roger Christensen, who faced off with Stanger in a commission race in the mid-1990s, said the same.

“She went to school with my mom — and always used to remind me of that. She had a great sense of humor,” Christensen said. “(She and Dick) had that independent, pioneer spirit.”

Everyone agrees, Stanger wasn’t intimidated by anyone. In the early 1990s, she launched a challenge to Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa, who had occupied the office for 27 years and remains the longest-serving politician in state history. Most years, the Democrats couldn’t even field a challenger.

Ellie Hampton, who worked as Stanger’s statewide coordinator on her secretary of state bid, said she knew she was “tilting at windmills” by challenging Cenarrusa, but she thought it was important that voters have a choice.

“You never ever had to wonder how she felt about something,” Hampton said. “She didn’t think about whether you agreed with her or not, she told you what she thought. Candor without being mean is something that’s really been lost.”

She ran a forceful campaign, Hampton said, speeding off to campaign appearances after finishing her day of county commission work or on weekends.

“She would literally race across the state,” Hampton said. “I don’t think she knew what ‘under 70’ meant.”

Cenarrusa evidently didn’t want a face-to-face showdown with Stanger, cancelling a string of debates and forums when it came close to the wire.

“It has become abundantly apparent that Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa is refusing to debate his opponent, Edith Stanger, not because he is too busy, as he claims, but because he doesn’t want to tangle with the salty contender for the throne he has occupied for 27 years,” opined Bill Hall of the Lewiston Tribune at the time. “He has given the lie to the old boxing remark, ‘He can run but he can’t hide.’ Cenarrusa has found a way to both run and hide.”

Memorial services will be held July 2 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.


Idaho Horse Council Summer Meeting 06/02/2018

Idaho Horse Council 2018

Idaho Horse Council Meeting Saturday, June 2, 2018

6630 W Riding Club Lane  Boise Idaho 83709


Everyone is welcome

RSVP if you would like to attend

June 2, 2018

Idaho Horse Council Board Meeting

Meeting begins at 10:00 AM

WelcomeCharlene Cooper, Idaho Horse Council President

Roll Call:


Treasures Report

New Business

 Dixie Christensen –  Historic Racing Youth Committee

  1. Ed McNelis – Historic Racing
  2. Myron Amsden Expo – Report
  3. Meeting Dates
  4. Annual Meeting where and when

Unfinished Business

  1. Janine Townsend – Horse Statue Update


Committee Reports:

Animal Welfare-

Idaho Horse Census


Promotion & Membership


Scholarship Program

Trails & Urban Land Use

Wild Horse Committee

Youth Activities

Finance Committee