Billy Gene Allen

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Billy Gene Allen, age 84, died Sept. 19, 2020. Billy was born to parents Art and Thelma Allen on December 8, 1935 in Clayton, NM. He grew up the youngest of three children on a farm and cattle ranch near Boise City, OK. He graduated from Clayton High School in 1954.

Billy began breaking horses at the age of 16 and then started competing in rodeos. He met his wife, Connie at a rodeo in Des Moines, NM and they were married on Feb. 16, 1957. After living in New Mexico for a few years they moved to Scott City, KS in 1965 to set up a full time horse training operation. They bought Sunnyslope Horse Farm where they resided until the summer of 2019.

Billy trained and showed American Quarter Horses earning 11 World Championships in heading, heeling, reining, work cow horse, and halter. He also began a successful breeding program with a herd consisting of 175 horses at its peak. In 1979 Billy and his wife Connie founded Billy Allen Products, Inc. and started manufacturing their own horse feed, which they ran until the summer of 2019 prior to retiring to Scottsdale, AZ. Billy also designed and developed the Billy Allen Reining Bit that is still sold and used by horsemen worldwide.

Billy served as the president of the Kansas Quarter Horses Association and was inducted into the KQHA Hall of Fame in 2005. He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2019.

Billy is survived by his wife, Connie; his brother, James; his children, Doug and wife Francesca, Brenda, Jeff, and Jennifer; and his four grandchildren, Courtney, Tabitha, Caitlin, and George. He was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Thelma, and his sister, Verena.

At Billy’s request, no services will be held. Condolences may be sent to the family at 8602 E Lone Mountain Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Billy and Connie Allen Equine Education Fund with the Scott Community Foundation in Scott City, KS.

Posted online on September 21, 2020