Paula Carr, along with her husband, Randall, owns and operates Carr’s Wild Horse and Burro Center in Cross Plains, Tennessee. Their operation has been responsible for the adoption of more than 20,000 wild horses since beginning in 1979. Paula is the Chair of Robertson County Farm Bureau and awarded “Tennessee Farm Bureau Woman of the Year” several times.
B.F. Yeates is a legend in Texas and the United States as an educator, judge, horseman and builder of large programs for youth and adult horsemen,” said Doug Householder, Texas Cooperative Extension professor emeritus.
In the 1950s, there were no youth horse shows of any kind. Yeates and other like-minded AQHA pioneers decided to include youth classes, adding three new classes: showmanship, equitation and horsemanship. Yeates was in on writing the very first rules for those classes at the AQHA 1966 Convention in Las Vegas.
The committee also made the recommendation to form a junior association of AQHA. Yeates helped recruit youth members from each state to affirm a constitution and elect officers; he then served as the adviser. The educator’s work for 13 years on the committee shaped the organization into the AQHYA that exists today.
Long before videotapes were common,Yeates also helped pioneer clinics and short courses. He decided clinics and short courses were the best way to spread information about nutrition, horse care and horsemanship.
Yeates also nurtured the horse judging program. Having been a member of Texas Tech’s livestock judging team, he understood judging contests. Yeates sat down and figured out the cuts and classes. Then he began educating youth and adults on how to judge horses and how to give oral reasons and grade cards. Horse judging began to spread from youth to college teams and from there to high school FFA chapters and judging certifications in breed and even associations.
Yeates served on AQHA’s Ranch Horse Versatility Advisory Committee in the 1990s and judged the first Versatility Ranch Horse contest. He became an AQHA judge in 1957, serving 43 years. Yeates still judges AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse classes as well as breed and event shows. Yeates was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2006.
John Falen ranches cattle in Orovada, Nevada. He started out in Southern Idaho working feedlots, buying cattle, and eventually owning and operating a feedlot and livestock trading enterprise in Wilder. Today, he and his family run two Nevada ranches. John has served on numerous boards including: Nevada Cattlemen’s, where he served as president, as well as Nevada PLC Committee, NCBA Executive Board, NCBA Wild Horse Burro Committee and Public Lands Council.
Gayle Graham began showing Arabian horses as a young woman in Western & English Pleasure, Park, Trail, Side Saddle and Halter. She enjoyed the show ring for a number of years, but then gave up showing when embarking on a very busy 30-year career in her family's business at Southwest Stallion Station in Elgin, Texas. The ranch stood quarter horse and thoroughbred stallions breeding anywhere from 800-1000 racing bred mares annually. Gayle and her husband, David, also owned a quarter horse sale company and fitted horses for numerous sales in multiple states. Gayle adopted her first mustang at the very first Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, Texas. She became very fond of the mustang family and had a keen interest in the mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation. After leaving the family business, Gayle worked for the Foundation for several years and was given the privilege of leading the Veterans and Mustangs Program.
She now enjoys quality family time, her two granddaughters and traveling throughout the year to team roping competitions with her husband.
Randall Carr, along with his wife, Paula, owns and operates Carr’s Wild Horse and Burro Center in Cross Plains, Tennessee. Randall was born on their farm in Cross Plains, Tennessee. He owns cattle and farms hay, tobacco and grain. In addition to Tennessee, Paula and Randall have managed wild horse facilities in Texas and Ohio. Randall is an accomplished horseman and enjoys working at cattle and equine events.