Monday, June 5, 2017

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Colorado Plateau Horseman’s Hall of Fame announces newest inductees

GRAND JUNCTION, CO. – Grand Valley horsemen Pat and Buck Buchanan, farrier Donald Jones, instructor Peggy Gilbert and the late Dr. James Franklin Allen of Vernal, Utah, have been elected to the Colorado Plateau Horseman’s Hall of Fame, it was announced today by the organization’s president, Brian Crandall.

All were selected in recognition of their immeasurable contributions to the equine industry in western Colorado and eastern Utah. They will be inducted in a special ceremony on Friday, July 28, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

“It is an honor for the Colorado Plateau Horseman’s Hall of Fame to able to pay tribute to the Class of 2017 for their accomplishments,” said Crandall. “Not only have they left an indelible mark on the horse industry in this region but each and every one has played an important role within their communities as well.”

  • Known affectionately as “Doc Allen,” James Allen was Chief of Staff at the Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, Utah while also competing in rodeo and ranching full time. He delivered babies with his boots on and once x-rayed a horse in the radiology department of the hospital. Before his death in 2015 he served as president of the Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo and worked to promote the Uintah Fairgrounds as an outstanding example of western art, rodeo and horse racing events.


  • For more than 50 years, Grand Junction’s Pat and Buck Buchanan have been involved with numerous aspects of the equine industry, from showing and training to teaching, and in Buck’s case, shoeing. Many of his clients’ horses have won multiple national and world championships, from Saddlebreds to Arabians and Quarter Horses, and he still shoes the occasional horse while operating a farrier supply store. Pat, who became involved with the 4H program when the couple moved to the Grand Valley in the early 1970’s, still teaches while working as an artist.



  • A gifted horseman as well as a superlative farrier, Grand Junction native Don Jones has dedicated his life to the love and knowledge of horses. A graduate of the Farriers School at Cal Poly, San Luis Obisbo, Jones trained champions in nearly every category, including western pleasure, reining, working cow horse, steer daubing, rope race and team roping. He worked as a rodeo and horseshow announcer, conducted numerous riding clinics in western Colorado and eastern Utah and also wrote for Horse and Rider, Cowboy Magazine, the Fence Post and Farriers Journal.


  • Gilbert, a 1992 Horseman of the Year as chosen by the Colorado Horseman’s Council, has been involved with the American Paint Horse Association since 1971 as a director and committee member. A longtime member of the Youth Development Foundation for the APHA, Gilbert is known as an expert instructor devoted to developing youngsters and their horses. In 2000, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the APHA for her many accomplishments during her involvement with the association.


Honored in 2016 as the second group of inductees to the Hall of Fame were the Ute Indians, the Carnegie Horses of the National Monument, breeder Ben Johnson, and horseman Joe Taylor.

The inaugural class comprised veterinarian John Harris, Dr. Harrol Haven, the Mesa County Sherriff’s Posse and the mining mules and horses of the Colorado Plateau.

About the Colorado Plateau Horseman’s Hall of Fame

The mission of the CPHHOF is 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.


For further information, or to nominate someone to the Hall of Fame, please visit



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