Sunday, September 29, 2013

CH King's Genius

Hands down,  King's Genius is my favorite saddlebred stallion.  He beats out Wing Commander, Kalarama Rex, Bourbon King, Stonewall King, Edna May's King and Rex Peavine and a whole lot of other stallions.    His balance as a show horse and breeding stallion should rank him up there on anyone's list, but he remains my personal favorite.  Everyone is entitled to their favorite, right?

He's influential to the breed, earned his Champion status, and he was drop dead gorgeous.  King's Genius was grandsire of CH Wing Commander and was a three time great-grandsire to Supreme Sultan.  Another reason he's important in my book is that he has appeared in the pedigree of every saddlebred I've ever had.  That's not saying much in today's saddlebred since he surely appears in every modern saddlebred's pedigree.  However, he was the great-grandsire of my first three saddlebreds.  Starheart Secret, mentioned in an earlier post, traced back to him on her dam's side.  Buddy, best ever saddlebred, and his half sister that I owned had King's Genius appear twice on their registration papers.  While he doesn't appear on the registration papers of my current horses, he is in their pedigree at least six or seven times. 

Check out the post on Kate Haines (BHF).  He was the other half of her famous produce.  He was bred to some wonderful mares, and he sired NINE Hall of Fame Broodmares including Flirtation Walk, Helen Highwater, May Genius, Rose Genius, Ky. Cardinal Belle, King's Genius Choice, Queen's Genius of Belemar, Candy Genius and another blog subject, Reverie's Desdemona. 
Breeding sons besides those he sired with Kate Haines included Wild Genius, Ridgefield's Genius, King's Farewell, Genius' Firefly, Blazing Genius and Pirate Gold. 

Enough said,  here are some pictures. 
I believe this was taken by George Ford Morris. 
Look at that neck!

He was an excellent show horse.
Sired by Bourbon King and out of Princess Eugenia by Chester Peavine.

This photo was taken shortly before his death. 

One of his stallion ads.

I found this thumbnail photo in the 1940 National Horseman and he was on a page with a dozen other stallions.  He caught my eye and when I looked at the legend at the bottom of the page to see who this stallion was, I wasn't surprised to read his name.  Unretouched, not posing a bit, but still beautiful.

George Ford Morris painting. 

With his dam, Princess Eugenia. 
At Louisville in 1933 he placed third in the
World's five Gaited Grand Championship class behind
CH Belle Le Rose (BHF) and CH Sweetheart on Parade. 

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