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When Historical Horse Racing terminals were repealed in 2015, effectively killing live horse racing, over 500 jobs were directly lost, and many indirect jobs supported by the horse industry left for neighboring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for the horse racing industry and the reauthorization of historical horse racing terminals,which the Legislature repealed in 2015.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


IHC Idaho Equine Youth Fund

Application Guidelines – Idaho Equine Youth Fund

Application – Idaho Equine Youth Fund

After Action Report-Idaho Equine Youth Fund 3

Request Guidelines-Idaho Equine Youth Fund(1)


Please follow these instructions when filing your application.

  1. When you download and use the printable PDF form, from the Idaho Horse Council website, please fill out your application and send it to the following address:


Idaho Horse Council

Idaho Equine Youth Fund

6114 Idaho Center Blvd. #5

Nampa, Idaho  83687


  1. If you are using the funds request to make improvements on county or state grounds, please include a letter approving your project from the governing body controlling the grounds.


  1. It is MANDATORY that you submit a detailed budget of your project with your funds request. Please list a priority of expenditures in columnar format for easy review. The Board makes every effort to stretch the funds as far as possible to as many qualified requests as possible.  To achieve this goal, we have often granted the highest priority listed on the funds request application.


  1. Your request application must be postmarked or emailed by 12:00 midnight of October 31st in order to be reviewed by the Board.


  1. Applications for request of funds are considered in November on the day before the Annual IHC Meeting and will be awarded by January 1st.


  1. If you are selected to receive funds but your project is not completed by December 1st of the calendar year in which the grant was approved, the Board may request unused funds be returned to the Board.


  1. A report must be submitted to the Board by November 1st of the same year funds are granted detailing how the awarded funds were spent. Please use the form provided – After Action Review Form.

OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Management Plan and EA

OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Management Plan and EA

Release Date: May 8, 2018

Sawtooth National Forest

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Jerome, ID 83338



Media Contact 208‐423-7559/731-8604

Julie Thomas

May 8, 2018



OPPORTUNITY TO OBJECT, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Management Plan and EA


STANLEY, Idaho – The Sawtooth National Forest recently completed the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Management Plan. The Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness were designated through the passage of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act (P.L. 114-46) in August 2015. The project will establish, update, and provide consistent management direction for the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, situated on federal public land managed by the Forest Service.


For the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness Management Plan, a scoping period took place where the agencies identified important issues and incorporated feedback into a draft EA. Interested parties were given the opportunity to submit written comments, which were reviewed, and now a final EA is available.


During the objection period, which is specific to Forest Service regulations, parties who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the proposed project either during scoping or other designated opportunity for public comment in accordance with 36 CFR 218.5(a) and 219.16 have standing to object. Issues raised in objections must be based on previously submitted, timely, and specific written comments regarding the proposed project unless based on new information arising after designated opportunities. The objection period for the Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds and Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness will begin May 9, 2018.


The wilderness plan, EA, draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact (DN/FONSI), legal notice of opportunity to object, and other information are available for review at the Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor’s Office and at the Forest’s web site at . A hard copy of the wilderness plan, EA, and the draft DN/FONSI, can be obtained from: Sawtooth National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 370 American Avenue, Jerome, ID 83338, or


For further information contact Emily Simpson, (208) 630-3507 or



For additional information about the Sawtooth National Forest call 208-737-3200 or visit the Sawtooth National Forest website at and like us on Facebook at.