Colorado Plateau Horseman’s to induct five into Hall of Fame

Colorado Plateau Horseman’s recently added five people to its Hall of Fame.

The 2017 inductees include Grand Valley horsemen Pat and Buck Buchanan, farrier Donald Jones, instructor Peggy Gilbert, and the late Dr. James Franklin Allen of Vernal, Utah.

All were selected in recognition of their contributions to the equine industry in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The induction ceremony will be held on July 28 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

“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,” said the organization’s president, Brian Crandall.

Known as “Doc Allen,” Allen was Chief of Staff at the Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, 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.

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 won multiple national and world championships, from saddlebreds to Arabians and quarter horses,

Pat became involved with the 4H program when the couple moved to the Grand Valley in the early 1970s, and she still teaches while working as an artist.

Grand Junction native Don Jones is longtime horseman and farrier. Jones trained champions in nearly every category, including western pleasure, reining, working cow horse, steer daubing, rope race and team roping. He also worked as a rodeo and horse show announcer, conducted numerous riding clinics, and 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.

This will be the third group of inductees. In 2016, inductees were the Ute Indians, the Carnegie Horses of the National Monument, breeder Ben Johnson, and horseman Joe Taylor.

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

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