The Park's biggest project to date was the
Barsaleau Pavilion. We built this outdoor dining, meeting and socializing
facility for Park visitors to enjoy. Overlooking the Meadow, the Pavilion
honors one of our very special Foundation members, the late Richard Barsaleau,
"Doc" Barsaleau became a member of the Board of
Directors of the Wendell & Inez Robie Foundation in 1988, serving as
Corporate Secretary. More recently he served as an emeritus board member,
providing his wisdom and good fellowship until finally riding on ahead in
February of 2013. The Foundation is grateful beyond measure for his
contributions these many years.
For those less familiar with this wonderful
gentleman and extraordinary horseman, here are a few facts about his life:
- Dr. Barsaleau spent his entire life as an equestrian
advocate. He was instrumental in turning endurance riding into a recognized
sport through his professional concern for the well-being of high performance
trail horses, promoting the need for equestrian trails, and teaching good
- Son of a US Cavalryman, he earned his Doctorate in
Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. He was an equestrian
owner, breeder, trainer, farrier, equine judge, and competitor with many types
of horses in the disciplines of trail riding, English and western pleasure,
hunter, jumper, stockhorse, polo, working cow horse, etc. He continued to be
the consummate Student of the Horse and promoted education in equitation
management and all around horsemanship throughout his life.
- His life style focused on horses for over 68 years.
His equestrian skills were learned from formal education as well as from
the business end of a manure fork.
- He judged horses professionally for 37 years
throughout the US, Canada and Australia and is author of the original
Handbook Guide for Veterinary Judges.
- He was a lecturer, clinician, and demonstrator of equine
use in the US, Canada, and Australia; wrote articles on equine performance,
training, conditioning, etc, especially for long-distance use.
- He served as a veterinarian and judge on the Western
States Trail Ride (The Tevis Cup "100 Miles One Day" Ride) for six years.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Western States Trail Foundation
and was an emeritus member of that Board. A defining moment came when he pulled
founder Wendell Robie's horse from his own ride, which eventually led to a
mutual respect that would last a lifetime.
- In 1963 Dr. Barsaleau, along with Will Tevis, developed
the Top 10 Rule for awarding the Western States Trail Ride's Haggin Cup for
Best Condition, setting a standard in endurance riding competition which is
followed to this day.
- He was also a participant in the WS 100 Mile Ride with 14
completions out of 16 starts, three of which were top-ten finishes. He was
a participant and top ten finisher in the Levi's Ride & Tie National
competition and completed the Quilty Cup 100 Mile Ride in Australia.