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Oregon CHA long time member Gayle Makin passed away 9/17/18, please keep the entire Makin family in your thoughts and prayers.

One of 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.

Rest in 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 qualify).

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