His breeding is an example of a cross between the Chief's and the Denmarks, with his sire being Harrison Chief by Clark Chief. His dam, Belle, was by Latham's Denmark by Washington Denmark by Gaines' Denmark. His best colts came from his matings with Annie C, a daughter of his brother (Wilson's ) King. They included full siblings Bourbon King, Montgomery Chief, Marvel King, Brilliant King and Becky Sharp. Other well known offspring included Emily, Golden Butterfly (registered as Bourbon Belle), Emerald Chief, Bourbon Prince, King Chieftain, Sterling Chief, Tattersall, Dolan Chief and Bourbon's Best.
In the January 4, 1911 issue of the Mt. Sterling Advocate published in Mt. Sterling Kentucky, news of Bourbon Chief's death made the front page. The article said that Bourbon Chief, one of the most noted sires of saddle horses in the world, died at his owner's farm in Montgomery county and was buried at the farm he made famous. He foaled in Bourbon county May 29, 1883 and was a show horse from the time he was born until he died, sweeping the model and harness classes. The horse obituary listed the names of many of his get and mourned the loss of the "old King of the show ring".
As one man put it, he was great in three ways, first in ancestry, second in posterity and third individually. That he was a handsome individual is certain, since the noted equine artist, George Ford Morris, used him as a subject of his camera and his artist's easel on many occasions.
Grandsire of Bourbon Chief, he was sired by Mambrino Chief
The sire of Bourbon Chief, he was out of Lute Boyd (BHF)
Harrison Chief X Belle by Latham's Denmark
Here he is as subject of a George Ford Morris painting.
The most prominent son of Bourbon Chief, he was out of Annie C., f. 1900
a full brother to Bourbon King, shown here in a George Ford Morris drawing.
a photo of Marvel King
another full brother to Bourbon King, foaled 1906
yet another full sibling, foaled 1897
Bourbon Chief X Estelle Gillaspie by (Wilson's) King
Since Annie C. was also by (Wilson's) King, this horse is
a 3/4 brother to Bourbon King. foaled 1907
f. 1903, Bourbon Chief X Rose Scott by Dolan Denmark by Washington
f. 1906, Bourbon Chief X Judy Oliver by Red Cloud
2nd dam by (Wilson's) King
f. 1902, Bourbon Chief X Rose Scott by Dolan Denmark
making him a full brother to Bourbon Prince
f. 1904 Bourbon Chief X Peach by (Wilson's) King
yet another 3/4 brother to Bourbon King.
Note that most of his registered get were produced in his later years.
He was bred to mostly trotting bred mares early in his career at stud.
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