2012 Awards

The 6th Annual Great Salt Lick Hoof Arted Contest/Auction/Benefit was held September 22, at the VAOI Event Center in Baker City, OR. Over $11,000 in proceeds went to the OHSU Parkinson's Center of Oregon. 53 blocks were auctioned off. There was $1000 in prize money.

Winners were:

1st overall: Opps by Wyatt Lee $150

2nd Mule deer only by John Heriz $125

3rd Flerd by Curt Jacobs $100

4th Salt Lick Steens by Boulder Creek Ranch $75


People’s choice Salt Lick Steens, Boulder Creek Ranch $100


1st place poem Mary Lou Wirth, Old Yeller $100

2nd tied $50 each to Eva Haitt and Jesse Kyle Shelmire


Michael J Fox lookalike block the Cresent Ryan Phillips $75


1st forgery Bobble Block, Dennis Dorrah $100


1st place songs Bobble Block, York’s Kitchen band $100

2nd place song I’m an old salt man Kris Borgen $50


My apologies for not having better pictures and of not having all the blocks represented. This was one of the growing pains in having a new venue. But overall the event was a great success and more important a whole lot of fun. A lot of volunteer work went into the event. I would like to thank the following:

This year’s judges Hon. Milo Pope (retired) Hon. Lise Yervasi, Hon. Damien Yervasi, and running for Justice of the Peace: Steve Bogart, Don Williams.

Local Sponsors Baker Copy Ship and Mail, Baker City Realty, Baker Valley Physical Therapy, Barley Brown’s Brew Pub, Betty’s Books, Bill Huston’s Custom Fit Saddles, Blue Mtn Fine Art, Cooks Radiator Shop, Davis Computer Services, Eastern Oregon Medical Associates, Thachers Ace Hardware, The Beaten Path B&B, Farm and Industrial Services Co., Hills Family Dentistry, Hudson Printing, Lew Bros/Les Schwab Tires, Oregon Trail Livestock Supply, Precision Import Auto Repair Inc., Robbins Farm Equipment, Richland Feed and Seed, Settlers’ Park, Sorbenots Coffee, Triple C Redi Mix Concrete, Yorks Covered Wagon, J. Tabor Jewelers.

Historic Baker City,Coffee and Cookies and a lot of work provided by Sorbetnots, Beer provided by Barley Browns Brew Pub, Baker City, Wine served by Motherlode Cellars Keating, Food prepared by the women at Recovery Village, Food and refreshments served by Baker High School FFA, Barnyard animal and tie-breaker provided by Luke Cooms, A grant from the Baker County Cultural Coalition, Bronzes are forged at Blue Mtn Fine Arts, Baker City, Boxes are made by the clients of the Snake River Correctional Facility, The VAOI Event Center is made possible by Doug Dennis, Music by Dennis Dorrah, Megan Dorrah, Stefannie Gordon, Piano: Keith Taylor Tenor: Marco Valerio, Raft donated by York’s Covered Wagon, Timothy Bishop for all his photos and time promoting the event.

People Dr John Hammerstad, Ivy and Ernie Nelson, Debbie Freidman and the women at Recovery Village, Tyler Brown, Michael and Kathy Cook, Ginger and Kerry Savage, Lynn Proudfoot, Kate Dimon, Doug Dean, Dennis Dorrah, Meagan Dorrah, Stephanie Gordon, , Teresa Dyke, Rory Dambach, Timothy Bishop, Larry and Kathy Pennington, Randy Newman, Martha Mackmiller, Steve and Par Godsil

A very special thanks to Phil and Andrea Stone, Dennis Dorrah,Kate Dimon and Historic Baker City, Tyler Brown and the master auctioneer, Mib Daily. And finally to the people of Baker City and County who have made this event the success that it is.

Thank you, Whit Deschner

2011 Awards

This year’s contest was the best yet: over 8 grand was raised for OHSU Parkinson’s center. Mib Daily auctioneer extraordinaire was in fine form selling a rock for $170 (he swore it was rock salt. For his replacement block he was given a cinder block that he sold for $100—which has to be a new world record). Also in the forgery dept he sold a sugar cube for $270! It did come with a poem.

Sorry for not getting the blocks up sooner and if I have your block listed wrong or it isn’t here please contact me at deschnerwhit@yahoo.com
Thanks to everyone who made this event more successful than ever. Watch the sponsor video too.

A big thanks to Ginger Savage and Andrea Stone
And the prize winners are:

Best Forgery “Rock Salt” by Mib Dailey ($100 prize)  It was a rock from his ranch that looked startling like a salt lick

Best Poem and Block “Stolen from Lay Ranches” by Ginger Savage ($100.)

2nd Place Poem- Nicole Hellbush and Angie Hays “Cow Mask” ($75.00)

3rd Place Poem –Hannah Dalgliesh “Picasso” $50.00

Block that Looks the Most Like Michael J Fox- Breaks of the Snake by Forsea Ranches-$75.00

Regular Category

1st Place “The Pitts” by Valerie Omann( $175.00)

2nd Place “Hole in One” By Dennis Sweeney ( $125.00)

3rd Place  “the Crucible” by Mike (Arthur) Miller ( 100.00)

4th Place “MJF” by Wally Bogart (75.00)

People’s Choice “ Ledge Creek #5” by John Heriza (his fifth entry in the five years)
Door Prize Won by:  Martin Arritola (which was a Door and $25)

Surprises of the Night:  The Cinder Block given back to Mib Dailey for entering a Rock was sold for $100.00

One Drip at a Time (A block made by the students at Baker Head Start) sold twice and the final winner was Dr. John Nutt from OHSU who was taking it back to share with all his patients.

Sponsor Awards were given:

Most likely to be a rock Star Jump:  Hills Denistry

Most improved or we will get fired jump:  Oregon Trail Livestock

Best Team Spirit Jump: Sterling Bank

Most Improved Jump: Farm Industrial

Going above and beyond the Call Jump:  Baker Valley Physical Therapy (who jumped in their pool for their picture)