Sunday, April 10, 2016

4/11/16 Anacacho Shamrock, King of the Saddle Stallions

 The February 1956 issue of Saddle & Bridle had a two page spread promoting the #1 Saddlebred stallion on the 1955 sire rating, Anacacho Shamrock. It was his third sire rating win in a row.   Billed as the "King of the Saddle Stallions", the ad placed by his owners, Dodge Stables, featured 16 of his sons and daughters.  Anacacho Shamrock's iconic photo was positioned in the middle of the ad, circled by his get.  Many were full siblings, so Dodge Stables not only promoted their head stud, but their great stallion for the future as well.  Here are his offspring, and a little bit about them.

Of course, front and center were the five full siblings produced by the magic cross of Anacacho Shamrock and Flirtation Walk BHF.  Wing Commander, Lover's Lane and Dream Waltz were all bred and currently owned by Dodge Stables.  Command Decision and Private Contract were both already owned by Frank Turner and Larry Moore, respectively. 
CH Wing Commander
CH Lover's Lane
when bred to Vanity's Sensation, she produced Lover's Sensation
CH Dream Waltz BHF
Private Contract
Shown lightly, he was a successful sire. 
Command Decision
His stud fee in1956 was $150.  He was another
successful breeding stallion sired by Anacacho Shamrock. 

Another set of full siblings were the trio of Meadow Clover, King of Harmony and Meadow Dew, all out of the former show ring star, CH Meadow Wisp.  Another full sibling, Fairy Ring, became a member of the Broodmare Hall of Fame.  Fairy Ring was bred and owned her entire lifetime by Dodge Stables. 
King of Harmony
Owned by Dr. E.C. Moore, he was used as a breeding stallion. 
Meadow Dew
She was shown successfully as a 3 Gaited horse.  
Meadow Clover

Two more Anacacho Shamrock daughters were out of former Dodge Stables' stars, Love Affair (BHF) and Glorious Star, both mare having been shown by Frances Dodge. 
Irish Star
was out of the former show mare, Glorious Star. 
Royal Affair
was out of the former show mare, Love Affair BHF

Anacacho Shamrock was an elite stallion, and he attracted top mares.  Here are several more of the pictured products of these crosses. 
CH Mark of Success
He was a World's Champion 3 Gaited Amateur division
The Sabre
Out of Ace's Refreshing Moment BHF, he was 4th in the 
1956 5 Gaited Gelding Stake at the Kentucky State Fair. 
She was a successful 5 gaited mare.
Rita's Dream
Shown by Judy Beall

A couple of the horses didn't show under their registered names.  Someone out there knows who they were, but unfortunately, I couldn't identify them. 
shown as Lively Talk
Shown as Hyland Shamrock

Anacacho Shamrock sired wonderful colts, helped out by the top producing mares he bred.  A great stallion with a great legacy, and many of the horses pictured in this 60 year old ad demonstrate why he is still remembered today. 

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