3/16/13 While looking for inspiration since I don’t have very many horses starting with an “E” to write about, I pulled out one of my vintage Saddle & Bridle magazines. This one was from 1936, so it’s definitely one of the oldest in my collection. It will be fun to share the photos, the gossip and the ads.
On the cover is one of my favorite stallions, King’s Genius, portrayed in a painting by artist George Ford Morris. Since I can’t draw a stick horse, much less something like this, I really admire his work. If you ever get a chance to stop by the American Saddlebred Museum located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky, be sure to stop in and see some of his artwork in person. They have a great collection of his works.
On the inside front page, an ad for the “Sale of the Season” listed five gaited gelding Flamme Rouge as one of the outstanding consignments. He should be good, considering he was a full brother to Anacacho Denmark and Cameo Kirby.
Speaking of Anacacho Denmark, he showed up in the magazine too. However he was under his other name, Ivan The Terrible. He was originally named Anacacho Denmark, then someone had the awful idea of renaming him Ivan the Terrible. What a Terrible idea! Thankfully, his name got switched back to Anacacho Denmark when he changed ownership.
There were numerous stallion ads in this April issue, and one lists Green Valley Fox’s stud fee at $75. Halleluia Mc’s fee was $50. Both stallions were owned by Minton Hickory Farm of Barbourville, Kentucky.
Rex Lee Bourbon was touted as “The Greatest living breeding son of Bourbon King”. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but since King’s Genius was living at the time, I think Rex’ owner was a little off track.
Belle Sarita is shown under saddle, but when I checked her record on the ASHA website, it turns out she was the original iron horse. In 1935 she won the Jr. five gaited class and was reserve in the fine harness championship class at the Kentucky State Fair. The next year at Louisville, she did it again, placing 7th in the five gaited mare stake and third in the Fine Harness Championship. Name me any modern horse that could or would show in two divisions at Louisville in the same year. Wow.
Whyworry Me was a pretty 3 gaited horse bred by Mrs. W P Roth of California.
Another 3 gaited horse pictured in the magazine was Easter Dawn. Check out that fashionable tail! This was back in the day of showing under an assumed name, because the breeding listed for this horse didn't match up with the name on ASHA’s website.
My Golden Dawn would place 3rd in the mare stake and 4th in the 5 gaited champion class at Louisville later in 1936. She went on to be a Broodmare Hall of Fame mare. Her great great granddaughter, CH Our Golden Duchess went on to win the World’s 5 gaited grand champion in 1987.
The ads were pretty amusing too, from fashion, to books, to tailsets that looked like medieval devices of warfare. Here is a show wagon, the cost brand new with covers and all is $375. A fur company advertised a lovely fur choker. Jars of salve for cuts and scrapes cost 60 cents for a can.
Stables wrote about their latest gossip, new training positions were announced, and important sales were noted. Horse show dates and information were also listed, including the 1936 Detroit Michigan horse show which was managed by J.B. Johnson Jr, who was married to Frances Dodge at that time.