Hall of Fame Person: 2017
The worthy recipient of this year’s Hall of Fame Award is a longtime Quicksilver member. Pat Verhuel has ridden endurance for greater than thirty years and has over 14,000 miles. She grew up in Hanford, California and began riding at an early age. While still a young girl, Pat was often found racing her horse through an apple orchard shooting her bow and arrow at the apples.
Living as a nearby neighbor, Pat met the love of her life to whom she is married today. Together they adopted and raised both a boy and a girl who each learned to ride under their mother’s instruction at an early age as well.
When her daughter was a baby, Pat would put her in a pack on her back and take off down the trail on Drifter. Many horses passed through her barn but the one she rode the most miles on was Razda.
Pat is also an accomplished musician. She got a degree in music at San Jose State later in life and now teaches piano lessons and sings with the Cabrillo College choir. Her most recent musical honor was being asked to sing in Carnegie Hall.
In addition to riding endurance, Pat also does trail patrol with her husband and is the first one out in Cowell Park to clear the trail for other riders after a storm. She is always available to work in many capacities to make sure our local endurance rides are a success and is always willing to assist a rider on the trail. In 2001, Pat rode across the country for 2,000 miles on the Pony Express Ride.
Our Hall of Fame rider is inquisitive, hard-working, calm, funny, generous, versatile, fair, and giving of herself. What better person could we find to receive the Hall of Fame Award for this year than Pat Verheul!