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long time member Gayle Makin passed away 9/17/18, please
keep the entire Makin family in your thoughts and
Oregon's largest cutting horse breeders, Gayle Makin ,
passed away September 17, 2018 at his horse farm in
Sherwood, Oregon. Gayle was born September 16, 1947 in
Wallowa County. He is survived by his wife of 39 years,
Sue, their 2 sons, Christopher and Chad, and grandson
Wesley Andrew Makin, and 34 horses.
Gayle was a
veteran of the United States Army, where he worked in
infantry. In 1975, he met his wife to be Sue. Gayle was
working as a property manager for a bank, and was using
the services of a firm she was working and they were
married in 1979. Gayle worked in banking, and real
Estate on the side. In 1980 he left banking and started
a construction company, building residential homes and
later, commercial and industrial construction.
Gayle and Sue bought property in Sherwood Oregon, in
1993. They had to have 3 horses and a barn, in order to
get a building permit. That was the beginning of Lucky
Star Performance horses! Gayle had a great appreciation
for cutting horses and really enjoyed the horses and
people involved with the cutting horse industry. He
commented the other day, how much he and Sue loved to
see their babies, that they had foaled out and raised,
turn into beautiful athletes competing in show pens all
over the country.
Gayle built his Lucky Star
breeding program around Little Peppy, Docs Hickory,
Smart mate, and High Brow Cat mares, to name just a few.
Perhaps his favorite mare was RW Kitty Cat, NCHA earner,
and producer of NCHA earners. Her daughters, sons and
grand daughters are competing and producing today.
Gayle had a unique and great sense of humor, never
without a joke to tell. He loved to joke that his
trainer showing RW Kitty Cat, did not need a
chiropractor. Kitty would throw his back out the first
go, and crack it back in place the second go! Gayle
loved it when his horses were really tested in the show
pen. The tougher, the wilder the run, the better!
Another favorite joke of Gayle's,if one of his horses
lost a cow, while competing ,he would ask "how can you
lose something so big"?
Cody Hickory , a stallion
by Docs Hickory, was another favorite of Gayle's.Cody
stood at Lucky Star for several years. Gayle's Lucky
Star horses have had great success in cutting, cow
horse, sorting, team penning, barrel racing, roping and
also just making a young horseman's dream come true by
owning a nice horse. The Lucky Star brand shows up in
arenas all across the west coast, a legacy you might
say. Gayle's presence at the cutting shows,where his
horses are competing will be missed.
peace and God Bless.
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Awards/Qualifications show counts towards Oregon
CHA yearend awards
- Beginning with the 2018
point year, Regional shows produced by other
organizations and held outside of the state of Oregon
will not count as qualifying shows nor will
earnings/points won be eligible for tabulation for OCHA
year-end awards. ... To Qualify for yearend awards for
the 2018 show season contestant must show at 50% + 1
show to qualify. (i.e. 13 show days = 8 show days to
is now available!
Entry Close: If a class does not have at least 3
entries, the show secretary will contact the people
entered in the class and give them until 12:00 PM the
day after the entries close to fill the class or it will
be cancelled for the entire show.
Entry Fees: All entry fees must be paid by the start of
the 3rd class from the end of the 2nd day. This will
allow the show secretaries the time needed to reconcile
their paperwork before leaving the event.
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