Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Oklahoma Businessman Bob Funk to Be Inducted into Clydesdale Hall of Fame

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 11:29:45 CDT

Oklahoma Businessman Bob Funk to Be Inducted into Clydesdale Hall of Fame Oklahoma businessman and rancher Bob Funk will be honored for more than two decades of achievement with an induction into the Clydesdale Hall of Fame on April 26, according to the Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A.


Lisa Graham, a former board member and spokeswoman for the Clydesdale organization, called Funk a tireless supporter of the Clydesdale industry with accomplishments that go well beyond the numerous national awards and world championships that his horses have won.


Graham, who nominated Funk for the recognition, will serve as master of ceremonies at the Clydesdale Breeders’ annual banquet in Shipshewana, Ind., where Funk and two other inductees will be acknowledged. She said the Hall of Fame was established in 1979.


“The Express Clydesdales have been the source of great pride and enjoyment in my life,” Funk said. “I could not be more pleased and gratified to be honored in this way by such an outstanding organization of people who I respect and admire.”   


Funk has been breeding, showing and competing with his rare variety of black and white Clydesdales for more than 20 years, and his Express Clydesdales have become crowd-pleasers at more than 150 parades, shows, competitions and other events they attend across the country every year.


“Express Ranches has been an ambassador for the Clydesdale breed all over the world,” Graham said. “He has made Clydesdales front and center in terms of parades and shows, and I couldn’t think of anyone better to nominate for this recognition.”


Josh Minshull, general manager of the Express Clydesdales, said he is pleased Funk will be honored for the work he’s done with the giant breed, which weighs nearly a ton and stands about 6 feet tall.


“He is among the breed’s most influential and prominent supporters,” Minshull said. “We’ve been out there in the public, competing and serving as goodwill ambassadors at 150 to 200 events annually.”


Representing Express Employment Professionals, the horses have been used to help raise millions of dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. Each year, they star in some of the world’s most famous parades, such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. They also have chauffeured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate during their visit to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.     


Meanwhile, the Express Clydesdales are available for the public to visit, free of charge, six days a week, Minshull said. They’re based in Yukon at the Express Barn, 12701 W Wilshire, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.


Graham, who serves as announcer at draft horse shows across the county, said she has visited the Express Ranch many times.


“Yukon used to be famous for Garth Brooks. Now, it’s famous for Clydesdales,” Graham said.


Source - Clydesdale Hall of Fame



   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Kansas State Explains The Old "Block" and Chain: How Farm Data Will Be Used on the Blockchain  Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:41:03 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019  Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:34:23 CDT
  • Friday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:35:43 CDT
  • Michael Hooper Selected as ODAFF Agriculture Investigative Services Chief Agent   Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:32:41 CDT
  • Afternoon Wrap-up with Dave Lanning  Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:53:06 CDT
  • Update- R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard Responds to Our Monday Beef Buzz Regarding His Call for Mandatory COOL   Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:41:54 CDT
  • Animal Activists Target Christian Faith and Church Communities to Advance Their Meatless Agenda  Fri, 19 Jul 2019 09:50:37 CDT
  • Atop the RON Rural Soapbox - Former Secretary John Block  Fri, 19 Jul 2019 08:59:16 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.