Sunday, February 16, 2014

2/16/14 Superior saddlebreds

2/16/14  Continuing with more "s" horses, let's look at some of the "Superior" saddlebreds.  On ASHA's website, there are 248 horses with some form of "superior" in their names starting way back in the 1890's and going to the present day.  Probably the best known of the 248 is CH Superior Odds.  He was foaled in 1967, son of the short lived Wing's Fleet Admiral, making Superior Odds a grandson of Wing Commander.  Wing's Fleet Admiral had foundered badly, which ended his show career, and eventually cut short his life at age 10.  However, he sired a number of good ones which carried on his line including CH Princess Blanchita, Grape Tree's Fox, CH Courageous Admiral,  Wing's Desirable, CH Fleet Admiral's Commodore, and  of course CH Superior Odds.

CH Superior Odds was  owned by Lakeview Farms in Pennsylvania for most of his life.  He was a World's Champion in the 5 gaited stallion stake at the Kentucky State Fair in 1977 and had been reserve in that class a couple other times.  After his show career, he was a successful breeding stallion.   Some of his offspring in the showring were CH Beacon Hill and CH Moonchance.  Superior Odds also had several good sons in the stud. When bred to CH Penny's Stonewall, he sired Penny's Superior Stonewall and Rare Treasure.  His other son of note is his last son, born in 1993, CH Superior's Successor.

Superior Odds with Dick Kearney winning the stallion stake in 1977.

Superior Odds in 1981.  Obviously not impressed that I was there to see him.

The next two pictures aren't of "Superior" horses, but they fit in with this week's post.

CH Penny's Stonewall by Stonewall Supreme, dam of Penny's Superior Stonewall and Rare Treasure.

Penny Co-Ed (BHF) by King Coe was dam of Penny's Stonewall.

Rare Treasure sired the beautiful sire County Treasure, and another stallion Rare Perception, the sire of 3 time WGC in Fine Harness, CH Wild Carrissima.

Rare Treasure by CH Superior Odds out of Penny's Stonewall

His full brother, Penny's Superior Stonewall sired CH The Bodega Bay, CH The Homecoming Hero and CH the Homecoming Queen.

Penny's Superior Stonewall at Lakeview Farms in 1981.

Penny's Superior Stonewall by CH Superior Odds out of CH Penny's Stonewall.

Finally, Superior Odds last son was also a very good 5-gaited show horse. Appropriately named CH Superior's Successor, he won his CH status being shown by his amateur owner, and after that feat was complete, he was turned  over to master trainer Merrill Murray.  In 2003, at age 10 and 26 years after his sire won the 5 gaited stallion stake at the KSF, so did CH Superior's Successor.  Spike, as he is known, has his own Facebook page and is quite the stallion.  He trail rides, lives outdoors in his own paddock and generally is a great horse.  He has sired a number of nice horses, including one out of my broodmare Chloe.  Billy Deluxe, Born Superior, Carriage Hill's Dancing on Sunshine and Spike's Cloud Nine all have shown successfully.

Superior's Successor and Joan Hammond

CH Superior's Successor with Merrill Murray

Spike just hanging out in his pasture

Carriage Hill's Dancing on Sunshine is now a western pleasure standout.
Superior's Successor at the KSF in 2004.

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