Appoloosa Museum Director to be Honored

PULLMAN, Wash. –George B. Hatley, director of the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, Moscow, Idaho, will be honored April 16 at the 14th annual recognition banquet of Washington State University’s animal sciences department at the Quality Inn, Pullman.

Hatley will receive the department’s Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the horse industry. Hatley played a key role in the development and success of the Appaloosa Horse Club, according to Betsy Greene, Washington State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist.

A 1950 graduate of the University of Idaho, Hatley served as executive secretary of the club for 31 years, founded the Appaloosa News in 1946 and served as the publication’s editor for 20 years.

He was coauthor of the book “Appaloosa Horse” and more than 100 articles and pamphlets, including a WSU publication “How to Pack a Horse.”

Douglas Warnock, a member of WSU Cooperative Extension’s faculty for 34 years, will receive the department’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received a master of science degree in animal science at WSU in 1968.

Gary Smith, the Monfort Endowed Chair in Meat Sciences at Colorado State University, will be presented the Distinguished Graduate Award. He received a master of science degree at WSU in 1962.

Awards to graduates, students, faculty and staff will be presented at 5 p.m. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person. Tickets must be purchased by April 9. Call Laura Lee Clark at (509) 335-5523 for further information and to buy tickets.

The event is open to the public.

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