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In Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Industry


The 2023 Hook Award recipient is a shepherd that is quiet and works well in the background but is always present when there are activities to be completed.


For 20+ years the love of livestock has been demonstrated in the raising of a sheep flock since coming to Washington. The interest in sheep starting following graduation from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture that was used during stents working with Veterinarians as a Veterinarian Technician in Georgia, Tennessee, California, and Washington. Washington requires the Veterinarian Technicians to be license which was obtained by passing a test with the State Veterinarian in Olympia. 


The interest and activities have not only been going out of the way to help shepherds with their animal health and care, but also extending to the Washington Sheep Producers being active on the Board and contributing as the Animal Health and Education Committee providing information on the new developing procedures in sheep/animal health and care. Is active with the American Sheep Industry Association attending the National convention and is a member of the ASI Genetic Stakeholders Council.


Activities include a long-time membership in the Spokane Area Sheep Producers Association and being a member of the Board of Directors holding several offices over the years and is currently the Vic Chairman. Worked with the Clayton Fair Board in creating a active and expanding sheep show and exhibition during the fair. Has become part of the training cadre for the Lambing School held by Dr. Jill Swannack in April of each year. And for those at the WSSP Convention last year was instrumental in the planning and execution of the 2022 WSSP Convention.


There is military service in the background that I want to extend my appreciation for that dedication. Tim tells me he was a Military Police on the Air Force base, and he stopped a speeding car and following a short conversation did not issue a ticket, and with a chuckle he said, “guess I’ve been paying for not writing that ticket for 46 years”.


THE HOOK AWARD for outstanding service to the industry – LAURA RAY




1979    Al Rubenser                            Colfax

1980    George Hislop                         Yakima

1981    Ruth Herriford                        Olympia

1982    Ladd Mitchell                          Ephrata

1982    Sebastian Etulain                    Moses Lake

1983    Gerald  Richardson                 Moses Lake

1984    Mac McLean                           Four Lakes

1985    Vic Robert                              Sunnyside

1986     -0-

1987    Theo Caldwell                        Goldendale

1988    Chick Hubbard                       Moses Lake​

1989    - 0 -

1990    Ruth King                             Yakima

1991    Henrietta Pearson                  Mount Vernon

1992    Norman Gates                       WSU

1993    Roberta Hoctor                      Goldendale

1994    John Brewer                          Pullman

1995    Simon & Carol Martinez          Moxee

1996    Dick & Helen Appel                Endicott

1997    Fred & Timmie Blauert           Washtucna

1998    Treva Norris                          Springdale

1999    Loveta Boyce                         Moses Lake

2000    Joanne Dubigk                       Maple Valley

2001    Randy Baldree                       Colfax

2002    Nina Richardson                     Moses Lake

2003    Susan Parr                             Tacoma

2004    Jim Acuff                               Post Falls

2005    Andy Pille                              Espanola

2006    Al & Lin Schwider                   Maple Valley

2007    Art & Jill Swannack                 Lamont

2008    -0-

2009    Sam Hays                             Yakima

2010    Milt Russell                           Prosser

2011    Dave & Julie Dashiell             Hunters

2012    Linda & Jerry Kjack               Walla Walla

2013    -0-

2014    Sarah Smith                         Moses Lake

2015    Mike McWilliams                   Myrtle Point, OR

2016    Mark Martinez                       Moxee

2017    Jan Busboom                        Pullman

2018    Jami Beintema                      Ellensburg

2019    Ross Merker & Ann Roggenkamp Onalaska

2020    No Convention Held

2021    Teri Blankinship                    Ridgefield

2022    Les Boian                             Spokane

2023    Laura Ray                            Deer Park                                                        

Les Boian presents Laura Ray with the 2023 Sheep Hook Award

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