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Harland Radomske Obituary

Jun 10, 2021, 10:30 AM by National Cutting Horse Association
Long-time NCHA member Harland Radomske passed away on June 8

Harland Radomske: August 12, 1939 - June 8, 2021

Harland Radomske and The Gemnist. NCHA file photo.

Long-time NCHA member and cutting enthusiast Harland Radomske of Ellensburg, Washington passed away on June 8, 2021. 

Known as “Ske,” he came to the sport of cutting in his 40s, but quickly got involved in many aspects from competition to leadership. Radomske served as a director for the National Cutting Horse Association for 28 years. He was a past president of the Northwest Cutting Horse Association and was instrumental in turning NWCHA into an NCHA affiliate. 

Additionally, Radomske played a pivotal role in the creation of both the Novice Non-Pro and Amateur divisions as well as the NCHA Western National Championship. Radomske was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2013. He believed people should be actively involved, keeping in mind that their goals should be for the good of the whole. 

An active competitor himself, Radomske was always encouraging to other competitors. He was a top Non-Pro competitor with earnings of over $357,000. 

Radomske dreamed of raising national competition level horses through his family operation Venture Farms in Weatherford, Texas, now known as a successful breeding and training operation for cutting, rope and barrel horses. Radomske’s dream became a reality in 1985 when The Gemnist won the NCHA World Championship Futurity Open championship, sired by the family’s stallion Doc Bar Gem. 

In 2000, Radomske became a director of the Breeder’s Invitational and served for over 20 years on the board. Last month, the Amateur Derby division of the Breeder’s Invitation was named the Harland Radomske 4-Year-Old Amateur in honor of the long-time supporter.

Radomske is survived by his wife, Jody, and three children, Jason, Kyle, and Raley Mae. The family is planning a Celebration of Life in Ellensburg, Washington and Fort Worth, Texas. Additional service information to follow.

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