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Montana Board of Horse Racing

Board Members and Officers Biographies

All our board members are dedicated to the success of horse racing in Montana.  Each board member has unique experience and qualifications.  For more information on our members check out their biographies below.

 Dale Mahlum, Chairman - Horse Racing Industry Representative

Dale Mahlam, Chairman

Dale Mahlum was born in Bowman, North Dakota.  He was raised on a farm throughout his youth in the Bitterroot Valley which is approximately an hour drive from his current residence northwest of Missoula, Montana.  Dale graduated from Corvallis High School and went on to serve in the United State Navy for four years.  Dale served in the Navy during the Korean War, 2 years aboard a ship and 2 years in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mr. Mahlum returned to the Missoula area to attend the University of Montana.  He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in business administration.  After graduation, Dale spent the next 35 years as an owner and manager of an Ace Hardware store in Missoula.  Dale also served 8 years as Montana State Senator.  During all of this, Mr. Mahlum operated a thoroughbred farm outside of the Missoula.

Mr. Mahlum’s wife’s name is Sue and they have 5 children and 10 grandchildren.

Dale stated that the main point of emphasis while serving on the Montana Board of Horse Racing is to try and move all aspects of the horse industry in Montana to a successful plateau.

Mr. Mahlum is known around the state of Montana for his 8 years of service to the legislature and many years of service as a fair board member for the Western Montana Fair.  Dale has also served as a member of the State Fund – Worker’s Compensation Board, as well as director of 1st Security Bank in Missoula.  Dale has lent his time and expertise while serving on the University of Montana School of Business advisory board and on the national level, Board of Directors for Coast to Coast Hardware Stores.

Ralph Young - Horse Racing Industry Representative

Ralph Young was born in Culbertson, Montana.  His family moved to Absarokee when he was 8 years old.  In Absarokee, Ralph grew up on a ranch where his family raised commercial calves and registered Quarter Horses.

Ralph worked on the family ranch as well as at the family owned Feed, Seed, and Fertilizer business until he purchased his own hardware store.  Eventually, he went to work as a Sales Manager for a Caterpillar dealership for 20 years.  Mr. Young currently owns and operates Keyser Creek Arena located at 390 Rapelje Road in Columbus, MT.  Keyser Creek Arena is a full service equestrian center which includes a breeding program, training programs, event facility and equine rehabilitation center.

The Young family includes two daughters, Lindy Gairrett and Megan Young.  Mr. Young also has two grandchildren: Natalie Gairrett and Kole Gairrett.

Some of the organizations that Ralph Young has been involved with include the Montana Quarter Horse Association, NILE – Northern International Livestock Exhibition, Special ‘K’ Ranch as well as the Billings Chamber of Commerce.

Ralph’s major emphasis while serving on the Montana Board of Horse Racing is an all out effort to ‘bringing back the Sport of Kings’ in Montana.  With the effort to make the industry profitable again, he hopes to see the Montana horse industry revitalized.

Susan Egbert - District 4

Susan Egbert - District 4Born in Great Falls, Montana, Susan was raised on a ranch outside of Simms.  She literally grew up on the back of a horse, doing ranch work, participating in 4-H and competing in rodeo events.

After graduating from Simms High School, she attended Montana State University in Bozeman and Northern Montana College in Havre, receiving a BA in Education and later her Masters Degree.

Working on a ranch was most likely her most enjoyable work experience, but she also was a sales clerk at Hoglunds, secretary for a development corporation and a school teacher for 32 years.  She has direct experience with the racing industry as her husband was a tattooer for the TRPB while she assisted.  The Egberts also raised, owned and trained race horses for many years.  They raced throughout the Northwest as well as California and Canada.  Susan retired from teaching in 2013 and is concentrating on an exciting and rewarding chapter of her life.. being a grandparent.

Mrs. Egbert’s family includes Greg (husband of 40 years) and two children, Coy & Cassie.  Coy honors our country with his service as an Air Force pilot, four tours in the Middle East and currently an instructor in Texas.  Cassie is a real estate agent in Helena.  By the end of 2013, the Egberts will be blessed with 4 grandchildren.

Susan Egbert is no stranger to involvement.  Over the years she has been involved in the Montana Quarter Horse Association as well as race secretary for the richest race in Montana. Charlie Russell Futurity and Charlie Russell Derby.  She has written articles for the Racing Journal when Topper Tracy was the editor-in-chief as well as participated on the board of the Montana Horse Show Association.  During her career as a teacher, she served on numerous educational boards and committees.

Susan would like nothing more than to see the racing industry in Montana come back to the “good ole days”.  An increase in revenues from ADW and Fantasy Sports along with the improvement in simulcasting should be helpful in supporting the industry.  “Great Falls and Miles City should be commended for putting on successful race meets and hopefully, with support from local organizations, ie: turf clubs, the industry will see other communities stepping forward to offer more horse racing; in particular, Kalispell, Missoula and Billings”.

Tom P. Tucker - Executive Secretary

Tom Tucker - Executive SecretaryBorn in Butte, Montana and raised on the family ranch in Stevensville, Tom Tucker has been involved in the horse racing industry since 1964.  His family raised, owned and raced quarter horses and thoroughbreds, following the fair circuit in Montana before expanding into Washington, Idaho and Arizona.

Tom graduated from Stevensville and attended Western Montana College on a basketball scholarship, graduating in 1975 with a BS in Education, double majors of Mathematics and English.  During the summers he worked on the race track performing jobs from hot walking to exercise boy, valet & assistant starter, racing secretary and state steward.  During the winter months he taught advance mathematics and coached at Hamilton High School.  From 1981 to 1984, he was the Associate Coordinator at the Race Track Industry Program, University of Arizona in Tucson.  He received his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Arizona before returning to Montana as the Executive Secretary of the Montana Board of Horse Racing in 1985.

From 1986 thru 1989, Mr. Tucker served as Director of Racing at MetraPark in Billings, Montana before starting IMS Consulting Group, Inc.  The company primarily develops software for the horse and greyhound racing industries.  In 2007, IMS’s major software products were sold to InCompass Solutions, a division of The Jockey Club.  IMS Consulting Group, Inc. continues to work with InCompass Solutions and The Jockey Club to service the technology needs of the horse racing industry.  Also, during the time of 1991 thru March 2009, IMS Consulting Group, Inc. managed Montana Simulcast Partners.  MSP was a non-profit organization formed to raise money for the racing industry in Montana.  During this 18 year period, MSP raised just over $9,700,000 for the Montana Board of Horse Racing, horsemen purses and track operations.