The George B. Hatley Memorial Wing opens at the Appaloosa Museum

The George B. Hatley Memorial Wing opens at the Appaloosa Museum »Play Video
Hatley helped revive the Appaloosa breed after it came close to extinction.
MOSCOW, ID - Horse lovers on the Palouse gathered at the Appaloosa Museum in Moscow Friday afternoon to celebrate its newest addition.

The museum held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its George B. Hatley Memorial Wing. Hatley helped revive the Appaloosa breed after it came close to extinction in the 1920's, and he was the original founder of the museum.

"He made it his life's work to promote the breed, and bring it to prominence and get it respect, and in the process, made it one of the most recognizable breeds of horses in the world," said Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center Board Member Juli Thorson.

The museum was established in 1975 to collect and exhibit objects that illustrate the history of the Appaloosa horse, and its connection with the Palouse and Nez Perce Native Americans.

Hatley's wife and son attended Friday's ceremony to cut the ribbon and speak about his legacy. The museum is located off the Moscow-Pullman Highway, near the state line. If you want to check it out, it's free to visit.