Saturday, January 31, 2015

2/1/15 February 1955 stallion report

2/1/15 February 1955.  Of course, February is sire rating time, so it was just a matter of deciding what year or decade to profile.  In flipping through my stash of old magazines, I found two specimens for 1955.  On the cover of the February 1955 Saddle & Bridle was Ridgefield's Denmark.  Horse World featured Colonel Sport.  Since Ridgefield's Denmark was a full brother to Golden Thunderbolt, grandsire to my Best Ever Saddlebred Buddy, and Colonel Sport was a full brother to Easter Promenade, Buddy's 2nd dam, I took it as an omen that here was my topic of the week. Besides, February of 1955 was a great time for many reasons.

Sixty years later, both magazines are a bit dog-eared.  Horse World was a mere 32 pages.  It contained seven ads for horse show organists, which nearly matched the rather anemic quantity of stallions ads.  Big news was that Colonel Sport, sire of defending WGC 5 gaited horse CH Garrymore, was now standing at Welch Greenwells' Broadacres Farm in Shelbina, MO.  While owned by George Huss of Pennsylvania, he had cut back on his broodmare band and decided to send Colonel Sport to the Midwest. Horse World had also relocated its headquarters from one building to another in Des Moines, Iowa.  Stan Morrison, age 38, was named as the new trainer for Mrs. Wm P. Roth of Why Worry Farm in Woodside California.  I'm not positive, but it seems like he stayed at this location for at least  three decades. There were results listed for the Denver Horse Show held in January, and that was about it for the magazine.

In contrast, Saddle & Bridle contained 120 pages, chock full of stallion ads, sire rating results, farm ads, American Horse Shows Association convention results, as well as Morgan, Tennessee Walking Horse and Hackney pony news.  It was announced that 6 time WGC CH Wing Commander would be standing to the public for the first time in 1955.  AHSA high scoring 3 gaited horse was Meadow Princess, with second to Ottawa's Realization.  High scoring 5 gaited horse was Socko, who beat out his stablemates Wing Commander and Lover's Lane.  Regal Aire was the fine harness high point champion, with firth place going to Ottawa's Empress.  I always have to give a plug to those Ottawa Creek Farm horses.  Ridgefield's Denmark lead the futurity sire rating division.

The top 10 rated sires were:

1. Anacacho Shamrock

2.  Anacacho Denmark

3. Sparkling Waters

4.  Stonewall's Golden Dream

5.  Society Rex

6.  Veiled Prophet

7.  Beau Fortune

8.  Red Kalarama

9.  Captain Courageous

10.  King Coe

Both magazines fetured an ad for Starlet Acres in Lee's Summit, Missouri.  
Owned by the young veterinarian, Dr. E. L. Robinson, Jr., a decade later he would 
save the life and breeding career of Wing's Fleet Admiral.
This ad for Crebilly Farm referred to the record sale price of Beau Fortune.
Jack Thompson, the owner of Royal Kalarama would die later
in 1955 at the age of 43.
King's Prophet by Veiled Prophet shown by Tom Moore
Mister Ike by Genius Bourbon King was shown by 21 year old Tom Moore

Gay Kalarama was advertised at stud.  It featured his daughter Parading Rose.
Here is Parading Rose ridden by her owner Dr. Charles Brown.
Here is Parading Rose in a picture off the ASHA website ridden by Art Simmons.
Which rider was photo shopped?

And here are a sampling of the many stallions advertised in the
February 1955 Saddle and Bridle.  Either the stallions haven't been
listed in the blog before, or their picture is a different version.
Alexander the Great
 f. 1947 sired by Montgomery Mc
Chief Beauchamp
f. 1935 sired by To-to-kon-oo-lah

Genius' Firefly
f. 1943 sired by King's Genius out of Sensation Firefly

Justabout's Yankey Jubilee
f. 1945 by The Yankey Genius

Kalarama Colonel 
f. 1938 sired by Kalarma Rex out of Edith Gatley (BHF)

Straight Bourbon
f. 1945 sired by Leatherwood King out of Bourbon Glow by Bourbon Snifter

Truly Genius
f. 1948 sired by Ridgefield's Genius by King's Genius out of Wild Princess by King's Genius

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