Appaloosa Journal

DEC 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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GREENER PASTURES 25 in the show ring. He became the foundation of the Double Ar- row Ranch, and his progeny went on to also win many awards. In time, other fine stallions and select mares joined him, and the Double Arrow bands became the largest registered herd of Appaloosa horses in the world. Horses were sold and shipped all over the nation, to Canada, and to several foreign countries, including Japan and Guatemala. The herd was filmed and used in several TV shows and movies, including a Disney film, Run, Appaloosa, Run! and one episode of a French documentary TV series, The Horsemen of the World filmed in Bone, Idaho, with the Stanger boys, both musicians by then, providing the soundtrack. Dick passed away in 1988 at age 69. His passing devastated Edith. By then, their son Bruce had assumed the duties of the ranch, but the thought of retiring appalled Edith. So she entered a new life alone, one of public service. She taught school for a couple of years, and in 1990, at the urg- ing of the local Democrats, decided to make a try for County Commissioner. She won, the only woman to ever serve as a Commissioner in Bonneville County, and was the first Democrat to win that seat in 25 years. After finishing her hitch as County Commissioner, Edith made a bid for secretary of state and cam- paigned statewide. She was instrumental in developing the Idaho Horse Coun- cil, a state advisory to the Legislature on Idaho's equine indus- try and interests, established in 1975. Her connections to Con- gress were strong, as earlier, Dick was a long-time advisor to the Secretary of Agriculture for the equine industry in the West. She co-founded the Intermountain Appaloosa Club in 1952, one of the first regional clubs in the nation, and though she didn't show horses actively any longer, she continued her inter- est in the National Appaloosa Club. The couple had both served on the National Board of Directors at different times, and Edith took over the Appaloosa Youth Foundation in the early 1990s. Of all the positions she served in for the Appaloosa Club, this was the one closest to her heart and was the most proud of. She became a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church, served on the local Salvation Army Board of Directors; was an active member in the United Way; and on the Board of Directors for Wasatch Academy, and as board emeritus. In 1997, she real- ized the 50th Anniversary of the Appaloosa Club was coming soon, so she decided to write a history of the club, Fifty Years of Appaloosa History. It remains the only recent club history ever published, and is the authoritative account of the club's found- ing, its early leaders and its most important foundational horses. Throughout her life she received numerous awards of rec- ognition for service including the Democratic Harry S. Truman Award, The Eastern Idaho Horsemen's Hall Of Fame Award, Ida- ho Horse Council Recognition Award, recognition award from The Idaho Horse Board and Idaho Horse Council, the Eastern Idaho Agriculture Hall of Fame, one of four woman ever named, and was named A Legend of Idaho. In 2011 she received the Van Ness Award from the American Horse Council. Those who knew her remember her as a force of nature, and she will be dearly missed. She is survived by her sons Michael Stanger and Bruce (Jennifer) Stanger and daughter Kimberly Kvamme of Idaho Falls; grandchildren Darcy Stanger, Alexa Stanger (Chad) Barchard, Cyrus Stanger, Angela (Mark) Hartwig, Katie Stanger, Matt Stanger and Emily Kvamme; and great grandchildren Hanna Hartwig, Guthrie Devine, Curran Devine and Jack Barchard. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard and grandson Elias Devine. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Appa- loosa Youth Foundation, 2720 West Pullman Road, Moscow, ID, 83843, or other charity of choice.

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