Richard P. Mitchell
Richard P. Mitchell “Dick,” with
more than 20 years of ApHC and Appaloosa racing involvement
to his credit established a family of racing legacy.
Dick received a lifetime achievement
award from the Utah ApHC as owner of Arrogance, a stakes winner
and track record holder. In addition to race achievements, Dick’s
horses excelled in games and other events. MH Tonto Indian,
a stakes-winning gelding went to a top team roping and rodeo
pickup horse career.
As an ApHC director for four
terms over 11 years, Dick served as finance chairman and on
the executive race committee. He also served as chairman of
the Appaloosa Youth Foundation, where his tenure saw AYA scholarships
increase dramatically. He sponsored motions to institute the
ApHC Hall of Fame, the ApHC Racing Hal of Fame and the George
Dick’s race-industry resumé
includes longstanding membership on the Western States Racing
Committee, and service as board member, president and treasurer
of the Utah Appaloosa Racing Association. He also cosponsored
multiple year-end medallion awards.
Dick pioneered mixed-breed racing
programs in the Intermountain West, significantly increasing
the number of races in which Appaloosas could participate. In
addition, he was instrumental in setting up the Bear River Color
Classic program and helping establish the Intermountain Triple
Crown bonus program.