Saturday, December 6, 2014

12/7/14 Anacacho Revel revisited

12/7/14  One of my earliest posts pictured a number of horses whose names began with the letter A.  It was really at the beginning of this blog when I went down the alphabet looking for horse pictures to post.  That was before I started getting inspiration by thumbing through old magazines.  One of the horses on that post from 1/21/13 made quite a splash, and his picture keeps popping up. 
This week, while paging through the Jan/Feb 1992 issue of the American Saddlebred magazine, (wish they still published it), I came across another picture of Anacacho Revel.  This one was from his exhibition days as a three gaited horse, showing off the roached mane and tail of that era.

Anacacho Revel was bred by Revel L. English of Chino California, who owned his sire Edna May's King and his dam Highland Jane.  Since Highland Jane was by Highland Squirrel King, the sire of Sally Cameron (BHF),  Anacacho Revel was a 3/4 brother to Anacacho Shamrock.  Revel English sold a group of horses to R. W. Morrison of Anacacho Ranch in Spofford, Texas including both Edna May's King and Highland Jane.  When Anacacho Revel was born in March of 1930, his new owner named him for the ranch where he foaled and the man who had bred him.

Anacacho Revel sold in 1935 to L. E. Davis and the horse went into training at B. B. Tucker Stables in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Several trainers worked for Tucker including Lane Bridgeford, Lee Butler and Speck Markham, who trained Anacacho Revel.  Over the next few years, Anacacho Revel was shown in 3 gaited classes in Texas and California with good success and in 1938, Tucker Stables relocated in California.  Late in 1938, the movie Gone With The Wind began filming, and they needed a classy horse to be ridden by the dapper Ashley Wilkes.  Anacacho Revel was selected because he was flashy with his chestnut coat and four white stockings.  He was also well broken and dependable.

After his brief moment on the silver screen, Anacacho Revel returned to Texas and was sold. He resumed his show career, and on occasion, he would be billed as the horse from Gone With The Wind to help boost horse show attendance.  He continued to show in three gaited and combination classes and did very well.  Fans of the movie would come to see him, sometimes even pulling hair from his tail as a souvenir.  Anacacho Revel got irritated with the crowds surrounding him and once bit a kid who came too close.  He changed hands a few more times, but ended up living near Corpus Christi Texas and lived out his life on the Texas Gulf Coast. 

Anacacho Revel


Edna May's King

Bourbon King Bourbon Chief  Harrison Chief 
Annie C. (BHF)   King (Wilson's)    
Edna May (BHF) Rex Peavine   Rex McDonald 
Daisy 2D (BHF)    
Lee Wood Peavine 85    
dau of Warren Harris Denmark 
Highland JaneHighland Squirrel KingForest King  Squirrel King    
Stella French     
Nellie P.Rockaway
Gracie Rex Admiral Togo
Ella Patrick
Juno Rex McDonald     
Thelma H.    
Anacacho Revel was well bred, but was a gelding.  His dam also produced three full siblings and Anacacho Revel's full sister Anacacho Laurel was quite prolific.  She had many descendants, but the last of the lot foaled sometime in the 1990's, so there are no more horses left with a tie to the star of Gone With The Wind.

Anacacho Revel starring with Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland

Anacacho Revel being shown by Spec Markham
Edna May's King, his sire
Bourbon King, his grandsire
Edna May, his grandmother
Bourbon Chief, sire of Bourbon King
Annie C (BHF), dam of Bourbon King
Harrison Chief, sire of Bourbon Chief
Rex Peavine, sire of the great show mare Edna May
Rex McDonald, sire of Rex Peavine
He also sired Admiral Togo and Juno who appeared on the
bottom half of Anacacho Revel's pedigree.
Highland Squirrel King, sire of Highland Jane
Forest King, sire of Highland Squirrel King.
He was also the grandsire of the great Stonewall King.
Squirrel King, sire of  Forest King

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