Class of 2019
Birthplace: Twin Falls, ID - May 12, 1945
Education: Graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1963, graduated from Colorado State University in 1967 with a BS in Education.
Husband – Rob Struthers
Katie was born in Twin Falls ID, graduated from Twin Falls High School and from the Colorado State University with a BS in Education.
She grew up riding horses on her parent’s ranch and farm. She rode the sheep camp horses until she was seven years old when her parents bought her first registered Quarter Horse “Glaser’s Queen. During her teenage years, Katie bred “Queenie” several times and trained, showed and sold her off-spring. This wonderful mare is buried on the B Bar B Ranch, humanely put down at the age of thirty five. Queen was the beginning of a life time profession of breeding, raising, training and selling the American Quarter Horse.
Today, the B Bar B Ranch is home to over eight head of brood mares, stallions, weanlings, yearlings, two year olds, and older horses. The breeding program is the result of over forty five years of Katie’s experiences and dedication to the horse industry. The ranch sells the two year olds at private treaty. The B Bar B horses are now in twenty states and four countries and are involved in all aspects of the horse industry. The following are some of the highlights on her life:
LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE: Late 1960’s managed the Sun Valley dude string and Sun Valley Horsemen’s Center, approximately 175 head of horses with approximately twenty five employees.
In the 1970’s Katie worked for her parents managing the Busterback Ranch (2800 acres of irrigated pastures in Stanley Basin) and building a 1500 head backgrounding feed lot and taking 650 acres out of sagebrush and putting the land into productive irrigated crop and pasture land on the B Bar B Ranch, Picabo, ID. The ranch consists of a total of 1800 acres of both irrigated pastures, crops and dry grazing lands.
1980’s Katie built her own horse training stables and developed one of the only successful A.I. stallion breeding stations in Idaho in the 1980’s on the B Bar B Ranch. Operated a horse training barn with the main emphasis on cutting, working cow horse and colt starting programs. Katie was the trainer and had several assistants working under her.
1990’s – Katie ran a 1500 cattle feedlot, backgrounding 425 lb. to 850 lb. calves in the fall and winter months. In addition to the feedlot and training barn, Katie introduced seed potatoes and canola to Blaine County and grew some of the best dairy quality hay in the County.
1996 – 2002 – Katie started and promoted the Women of the West Performance Horse Sale on the B Bar B Ranch. The annual event showcased women and their horses and the role that women have played in developing the west as we know it today. The sale also served as production sale for the ranch’s own horses.
2000 – All of Katie’s and Rob Struthers’, Katie’s husband and lands, sheep and beef cattle became certified organic. They started Picabo Lean Inc. to market their livestock.
CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: From 1970 – 1983 Katie was President and Board Member of the Intermountain Quarter Horse Association (the 3rd largest affiliate to the American Quarter Horse Association). She was the first woman to be on the Board of this organization that covered Idaho, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington.
From 1970 to 1978, she was President and Board Member of the Idaho Hunter and Jumper Association.
From 1984 to 1991, she was President and Board Member of the Idaho Cutting Horse Association.
From 2002 to 2018, she was A Board Member of the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame.
Katie judged Idaho State Horse Association shows, State Fairs, queen contests and state and regional 4-H shows many times donating her salary to their organizations. She has donated lambs to kids who were in their first year 4-H projects.
She taught Animal Husbandry at the College of Southern Idaho in the horse equine program.
Katie has pumped thousands of dollars into the Blaine County communities during the years from 1984 to 1991 by hosting NCHA, PPCH, ICHA and UCHA cuttings that brought cutters from all over the country to Picabo, ID. The cuttings were listed as some of the top ranch sponsored cuttings in the nation during this time. The B Bar B Ranch was the sole sponsor of the event.
Katie worked with Blaine County and State Government in writing several zoning ordinances. She testified on behalf of the livestock industry on grazing practices on public lands and worked with all types of groups to find the common ground on controversial issues.
She has employed college intern students majoring in agriculture studies at BYU of Idaho, Colorado State University and the College of Southern Idaho.
HONORS AND RECOGNITION: Katie won several local, state, regional and national championships in the National Cutting Horse Association, the California Reined Cow Horse Association, the Idaho Hunter and Jumper Association, The Idaho Dressage Association, The American Quarter Horse Association, The Intermountain Quarter Horse Association and the Idaho Quarter Horse Breeders Association. She was honored by Senator Crapo for Outstanding Stewardship Award in 2000 for her work with the U.S. Forest Service and the endangered salmon and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.
She was inducted in the Southern Idaho Livestock Hall of Fame in 2001 in recognition of outstanding service for the promotion and general welfare of the livestock and agricultural industry of Southern Idaho.
There are several magazines that feature Katie for her work and accomplishments over the years such as Range, Ag Weekly, Performance Horse Magazine, The American Cowboy, Western Livestock, Attache’ (U.S. Airlines magazine) to mention a few.
Katie has lectured, appeared and sat on several panels over the years representing land ownership, the horse industry and private property rights. She has received recognition numerous times for her role as “the first woman” in many situations.