Sunday, June 18, 2017

6/18/17 Happy Father's Day.

Today is Father's Day, so why not look at some wonderful Saddlebred fathers.  There have been many influential sires over the years and one way of determining the "best" is by looking at the annual sire rating put out by Saddle & Bridle magazine.  Their sire rating began in 1932, and in the years before that, they used the Kentucky State Fair winners to determine the most successful stallions.  During the 1930's, in the infancy of the sire rating, they used the results of the Kentucky State Fair, but then began adding other shows.  The more winners, the higher the rating for the stallion.

It's interesting that many great breed builders never topped the sire rating, but over the course of time have been instrumental in breed development.  Others that topped the chart have faded from pedigrees, and certainly from the top line of today's stallions.  Being the successful sire of a show horse doesn't guarantee having a successful breeding son or daughter.

So here are the #1 ranked stallions starting with Bourbon King in 1924 and the current winner is Undulata's Nutcracker.  Among the missing are Rex Peavine, King's Genius, Bourbon Genius,  Anacacho Denmark and Callaway's Blue Norther.  They definitely appeared on the list, just never topped it.

Bourbon King
1924 - 1928
King Barrymore
1929 - 1931 
American Born
1932 - 1936 
Edna May's King *
*he won in 1932 & 1933 using multiple shows, 
but American Born won those years based on Kentucky State Fair results. 
Peavine's Highland Chief
Kalarama Rex
1938 - 1944 
Stonewall King
1945 - 1947 
American Ace
1948 - 1949 
Noble Kalarama
Anacacho Shamrock
1951 - 1957 
King Coe
1958 - 1959 
Starheart Stonewall
1960 - 1962 
Wing Commander
1963 - 1968
Show horse, chart topper, breed builder.
This guy did it all. 
Stonewall Supreme
Vanity's Sensation of Crebilly
Stonewall Premier
1971 - 1973 
Oman's Desdemona Denmark
1974 - 1978 
Supreme Sultan
1977 - 1982 
Sultan's Santana
1983, 1987 - 1988 
Stonewall's Main Event
 1984 & 1986 
Will Shriver 
1989 - 1997
He won more titles than any stallions 
Harlem Globetrotter
Champagne Fizz
Supreme Heir
2000 - 2003 
2004, 2005, 2007 
CF First Night Out
2008 - 2010 
Sir William Robert
Undulata's Nutcracker
2012 - 2016

Who will succeed Nutcracker when his reign is finished?

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Friday, May 26, 2017

5/27/17 Fine Harness World's Grand Champions 1987 through 2016

This is the final installment trying to capture all the pictures of our World's Grand Champions. This week features the Fine Harness Champs from 1987 forward.  Included in this group is the only 6 time champion in the Fine Harness discipline, CH Callaway's Copyright.  He did it in consecutive years, from 2001 through 2006.
Captive Spirit
Kourageous Kalu X My Captivation

Buck Rogers
Storm's Fury X Rhythm's Jewel 
Foxfire's Prophet
Radiant Sultan X CH Supreme Airs BHF 
Simply Mahvalous BR
Sultan's Great Day X Simple Dreams 
1991, 1992 & 1995
Roselawn's Secret Rhythm
Tijuana Rhythm X The Secret Symbol 
1993 & 1994
Be Happy
Mountain Highland Majesty X Denmark's Radiant Society  BHF 
1996 & 1997
A Sweet Treat
Merchant Prince X Denmark's Radiant Society BHF 
1998 - 2000
Radiant Success
Radiant Sultan X La La Success 
2001 - 2006
Callaway's Copyright
Supreme Heir X Callaway's Claudette    
Along Came A Spider
Sultan's Great Day X Espere 
Mother Mary
Revival X Mother Superior 
Castle Bravo X A Daydream Believer BHF 
Lace's Last Tango
Arborlane Tangos Wee Pee X Sultan's Leather & Lace BHF 
2011, 2012, 2013 & 2016
Wild Carrissima
Rare Perception X Mia Carrissima 
Nutcracker's Nirvana
Undulata's Nutcracker X Kingwood's Harlem Harlem 
Lady Mandolin
Undulata's Nutcracker X Suddenly Summer

This wraps up 9 installments of the World's Grand Champions in all three disciplines, 5 Gaited, 3 Gaited and Fine Harness.  Quite an amazing group, some noted for their power, beauty, precision, charisma, stamina, or all those qualities.  To be labeled a WGC holds a lot of prestige in the Saddlebred community.  Hats off to all these champions.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

5/20/17 Fine Harness World's Grand Champions 1945 through 1986

This is the next installment featuring the World's Grand Champion Fine Harness horses starting with Captain Bird from 1945.  This whole idea evolved when someone asked for his picture.  I figured it would be a good idea to try to locate as many WGC's as possible and be able to locate them in one place.  This group includes five time champion Colonel Boyle, four time champion Tashi Ling, and arguably the best of the bunch, The Lemon Drop Kid.
Captain Bird
Captain Courageous X Maryland's Bird BHF

Startling Kalarama
Kalarama Rex X Ruth Roland BHF

1947 & 1953
Denmark's Mokanna
shown as Regal Aire
Anacacho Denmark X Corinna Cook

Captain Dandy
shown as Man of the Hour
Cracker Barrymore X Radio Girl
no picture available

1949 & 1950
Kate Shriver BHF
Anacacho Denmark X Reverie's Desdemona  BHF

1951, 1952 & 1954
Parading Lady
not registered, Denmark Beaverkettle X Daughter of Peavine's Roan King

Bit O'Chatter
shown as High Button Shoes
Cameo Kirby X Miss Chatterbox BHF
he was a full brother to Lemon Drop Kid

1956 - 1959
The Lemon Drop Kid
Cameo Kirby X Miss Chatterbox BHF

1960 - 1964
Colonel Boyle
Kalarama Colonel X Abie's Baby  BHF

The Thunderbird
Starheart Stonewall X Huberta

1966 & 1967
Duke of Daylight
Majestic Ensign X Christiana Lea

1968 - 1971
Tashi Ling
Wing Commander X Emerald Future BHF

Supreme Airs BHF
Stonewall Supreme X Crebilly's Plumb Beautiful BHF

Glenview Mandala
Stonewall's Beau Peavine X Truly A Princess BHF

Reata's Virginia Wolf
Oman's Desdemona Denmark X Beallgrove's Dixie

Ronald Reagan
Stonewall's Beau Peavine X Blessed Damozel
1976 & 1983
Night Prowler
Status Symbol X Empire's Lady Genius

1977 & 1978
Melody's Winged Sensation
Vanity's Sensation X Melody Elaine

1979 & 1980
La La Success
Stonewall's Main Event X Senorita Surprise

Sultan's Santana
Supreme Sultan X Grand View's Majorette BHF

Shadow's Creation
Supreme's Shadow X Vanguard's Creation

1984 - 1086
Vanity's Showcase
Folly's Night Flyer X Vanity of Blossom Time

That's it for this installment.  Next week will by the rest of the Fine Harness champions and the end of the World's Grand Champion series. 

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