To recognize and honor those horsemen and horsewomen, as well as those special horses, who have made a significant contribution to the equine industry in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah. In fulfilling that mission, the Corporation will publicly acknowledge the contributions of those inducted into the Hall of Fame by commemorating their efforts with plaques or monuments in places visible to the public, through stories, museum archives, displays and public presentations. The aim, in addition to honoring those inducted, is to educate and provide entertaining information to the general public about the history of horses in this region and the importance of the equine industry, both historically and currently.
Board of Directors
Brian began his equine passion more than twenty years ago while working on a dude ranch on the Front Range of Colorado. Brian had raised, trained, and shown Quarter Horses and Arabians across the country, earning multiple national and regional awards in reining and working cow horse.
For the past thirteen years, Brian has been a professional farrier throughout the Colorado Plateau Region. Brian donates his time and expertise to multiple horse organizations as well as teaching hoof care classes at Colorado Western Community College. Over the past four years, Brian has begun creating functional and artistic artwork from his clients used horseshoes. Brian has sold items throughout the US and abroad.
Bob Silbernagel was the editorial page editor for The Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction for 19 years. He retired in 2014, but he continues to write a regional history column for the newspaper.
He is the author of “Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado,” published by the University of Utah Press in 2011. He also wrote “Dinosaur Stalkers: Tracking Dinosaur Discoveries of Western Colorado and Eastern Utah,” published by Dinamation International and the Museum of Western Colorado in 1996.
Mr. Silbernagel has written a number of history articles for periodicals, including the Wisconsin Magazine of History and Colorado Heritage.
In service to the community and the public lands that he loves, Mr. Silbernagel is currently the president of the board of Colorado Canyons Association, a nonprofit organization that works with the Bureau of Land Management to provide public education and stewardship on three National Conservation Areas in Western Colorado. He is also vice president of the Colorado Plateau Horseman’s Hall of Fame, which works to honor important horsemen and horsewomen and the region, and educate people about the importance of the equine industry..
When not writing or serving on community groups, he enjoys horseback riding, bicycling and camping, primarily in Western Colorado and Eastern Utah.
He and his wife, Judy, live near Palisade, Colo.
Larissa is a 5th generation native to western Colorado. She owns and operates a Professional Home/Ranch animal sitting service for the past 14 years. She also has worked for the last 24 years as a Surgical Technologist and recently finished schooling and is working as a Professional Farrier. The past 14 years she has raised Appaloosa and Quarter horses and Miniature Appaloosa’s. She also coordianted the Western Colorado Animal Expo for 4 years held at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
Carol is a retired Registered Nurse from Vernal, Utah. She has been around horses most of her life. she is currently treasurer for Uintah Basin Back County Horsemen and a member of Rising Star Riders.
Angelina is a Native of Western Colorado. She and her husband own and operate Kelleghan Hay Company in Loma, CO raising alfalfa and grass hay and a small commercial beef cow herd. She has been active in the horse industry her entire life growing up on a family run boarding stable. Angelina showed horses as a youth and during college in events from driving and English equitation to break away roping. She attended Colorado State University to earn a Bachelor’s of Animal Science and a Master’s of Agriculture in Integrated Resource Management. Angelina was previously a 4H horse leader for 14 years, then the Horse Superintendent for three years. She is currently the coach of the Tri-River Area 4H Horse Judging Team and is also a crochet project leader. Angelina is also on the Board for the Mesa County Farm Bureau Board and currently serving as the women’s committee chair for Mesa County.
Gordon is retired from Simplot Phosphates in Vernal, Utah. He has been involved with horses his whole life. He’s been involved with 4-H, Past president of Rising Star Riders Family riding club, post president of Uintah Basin Back Country Horsemen, and past National Board member of Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association. He and his wife own More than Color Horses in Vernal, Utah.
Braden Shafer, DVM
A fourth-generation Western Colorado native, Braden owns and operates Shafer Equine Services. Dr. Shafer has specific interest in equine sports medicine, lameness, podiatry, geriatrics, and dentistry. Dr. Shafer is an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He graduated in 2000 from Colorado State University with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He served as the president of the SCAAEP, was on the Dean’s List, received the CSU Anesthesia Award (SA) and the Pfizer/Upjohn Large Animal Proficiency Award. He also served on the CVMBS Foal Care team. After graduation, Dr. Shafer completed an internship at a high-volume performance horse and surgery practice at Elgin, Texas. He was trained under Dr. Robert Lewis, former AAEP president and early pioneer of arthroscopic and long bone surgery in horses, and, Dr. Tommy Hays, brilliant lameness clinician and surgeon in addition to his volunteer work with several organizations that improve horse racing and the health of the participants. After the internship, Dr. Shafer moved back to his native Colorado and began work at an equine referral practice that he had joined as an undergraduate intern some ten years prior. Mentored by Dr. John Harris, a veteran equine lameness diagnostician and innovative surgeon, Dr. Shafer saw a wide variety of emergency and elective cases. Dr. Shafer is now operating out of his Loma facility and maintains clients throughout western Colorado.
Jenny Kellner recently retired after a career covering horse racing and other sports for a variety of publications, including the New York Times, the Associated Press, the New York Daily News and the New York Post. As well, her work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the Louisville Courier-Journal, Newsday, the Blood-Horse and the Thoroughbred Times. She also served as the assistant director of communications for the New York Racing Association, which operates Belmont Park, Aqueduct Racetrack and Saratoga Race Course. She was lucky enough to have witnessed first-hand (from the winners’ circle!) the crowning of three Triple Crown champions – Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978) and most recently, American Pharoah (2015). Her lifelong dream of having her own horse finally came to fruition when she moved to Grand Junction in the fall of 2016 with her husband, Richard Rosenblatt, former horse racing writer for the Associated Press.