Immortal Inductees by Name

  • Busse, Donald

    1918 - 1970 Inducted 1999 Donald H. Busse was born in Portage, Wisconsin in 1918. His father Hugo Busse was the owner, trainer and driver of many horses who raced at the fairs throughout Wisconsin. Like many young people, Don learned about the sport of harness racing from his father. However, he did not immediately decide to pursue a career as a trainer and driver. He first went to work at a canning company. In…

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  • Crippen, Guy

    1891 - 1952 Inducted 2010 Guy Crippen was born in the small town of Darlington, Wisconsin in 1891. From that time on, harness racing acquired a man who proved to be one of its most colorful figures. The Wisconsin based trainer traveled across the country racing his stable, but he always came back to his home state, training his horses on the ovals of Elkhorn and Milwaukee. In 1938 the trainer from Sudsville (Milwaukee to…

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  • DeLong, William

    1928-1992 Inducted 1993 Bill acquired his love of horses early in life. One grandfather kept many draft teams for use in the grain business and road grading. Another grandfather was a true horse trader while being a mail carrier on a horse drawn wagon for many years. After serving in WWII, Bill came home and purchased his first Standardbred from Doc Marquis in the early 40s. Beginning in the 60s Bill got his family involved…

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  • Hering, G.V. “Doc”

    1919 - 2009 Inducted 2009 George Vosburgh Hering has owned, trained and raced horses in Wisconsin since the late 1940’s. His stable has been headquartered at his farm in Denmark for well over fifty years. Many very good race horses have been developed at his training facility.  Horses such as Chief Krisite, Hot Tomato, Meadow Crush, Cool Miss, Cool McCool and Saluki Fortune were some of Doc’s finest. His prized Saluki Fortune has won more…

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  • Laurent, Leon

    Inducted 2001 Leon Laurent did whatever he could to promote the sport of harness racing and owned and trained many, many race horses. When Leon passed away at the age of 82, we not only lost a good friend, but also a mentor. Leon began racing his own horses in the 1950’s and never stopped. He had a soft spot in his heart for trotters, thus resulting in his pride and joy, Better Boy. Under…

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  • Marquis, William “Doc”

    Inducted 2003 Many different horsemen have left their mark in the minds of Wisconsin horsemen, and William “Doc” Marquis was known for his love of trotters. Doc loved the divine trotting gait and had many classy horses over the years. He began racing in the early 1940’s with notable horses Connie P. Gratten and Mona Patch. He loved horses so much that he was one of the last doctors to own a car because he…

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  • Masterson, Hiram “Doc”

    Inducted 1996 Hiram "Doc" Masterson's racing career began at the age of 16 and spanned the next four decades. Doc missed a few years while serving his country during WWI. His horsemanship skills were utilized by Uncle Sam even then. Doc was a caisson rider for the 117th Field Artillery in France. He won the first race he was ever in, in 1904. Racing and training horses was a family operation. His brothers, Edmund and…

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  • McMahon, John M.

    1910 - 1982 Inducted 1992 John McMahon was born at Briggsville, Wisconsin in Marquette County on  the family homestead. He lived his entire life in Marquette County. John's love for horses started with ponies that were on the farm that he grew up on. This love for horses started at a very early age and continued all his life. John purchased his first team of working horses in 1931. In the early 40s  John started…

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  • Shaw, Art

    Inducted 2009 Art Shaw was one of the great trainers / drivers to come from Wisconsin. Most of his half century of harness racing experience came through his Elkhorn, Wisconsin based stable. He has campaigned champions across the country while still staying true to the Wisconsin roots.  It was not uncommon to see Art’s stock racing in major races throughout the country. In 1938, Art trained and drove 2 year old trotting filly, Lovely Lady,…

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  • Uihlein, August

    Inducted 2011 In the late 1880’s the northwest was rapidly becoming noted for its high bred trotting stock. Mammoth breeding establishments were springing up in every state, and they demanded and secured the richest-bred animals in the land. Wisconsin was rapidly advancing in this line, and new organizations of great magnitude were being formed. One of the most important among these great establishments was the stud recently started by August Uihlein of Milwaukee, Wis. The…

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  • West, Dr. J.P.

    Inducted 2012 Dr. J.P. West, a veterinarian from Madison, Wisconsin, was a prominent owner, trainer, driver and breeder throughout the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. Although active at county fairs throughout Wisconsin, Dr. West’s greatest impact may be as a breeder. He owned several prominent stallions that stood at stud in Wisconsin for many years. These stallions include McKinney Scott, Frisco June, Lulu Guy and Knoght Hanover, to name a few. Dr. West’s horses were easy…

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  • Yohn, Richard

    Inducted 2002 Harness racing was never more than a hobby for Dick Yohn, who once was the biggest turkey farmer in Wisconsin. Dick bought his first horse in the 1940's and laid out a half-mile track in a field to race against his neighbor. With that start on the farm track, next came racing at the county fairs and, in 1948, Dick's first good horse Jane Ruby hit the racing circuit. During these last years…

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