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The Western Thoroughbred History – Swift Solo

Swift Solo was foaled on March 22nd, 1969 in Maryland. He was bred by Harold G. Bensing. His sire, Solo Landing, was a multiple stakes winner by the 1958 Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, First Landing. His dam, Chusinia, was by track record-setter Woodchuck and out of Abyssinia II, by Abernant. She won three races and equaled the track record at Laurel Park for four and a half furlongs. All of Chusinia’s foals that made it to the track were winners. Swift Solo was one of her fastest runners.

In his first start, Swift Solo ran just off the track record for five furlongs at Pimlico in Baltimore. He later ran just off the track record for the same distance at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. Swift Solo was recorded as running the quarter mile in 21.6 and 21.8 seconds. Although his racing career was limited by an injury, he did make 17 starts over the course of three years. He won five races and earned $13,498, the equivalent of about $90,000 today.

Photo of Swift Solo as a five-year-old via The Quarter Horse Journal

After he retired from racing, Swift Solo stood at Paul Babington Training Stables in Maryland for his owner William H. Coleman III. His superb conformation attracted Quarter Horse breeders to which he was primarily marketed. Swift Solo only sired 29 Thoroughbred foals. Of those 29 foals, five were race winners – Lucy Virginia, Swift Snooper, Swift’s Whirlwind, Madam Foo Foo, and Swift Angie. He also sired six Quarter Horse race winners – Swift Happening, Amelia Solo, Solo Lad, Moon Solo, Grandpas Ruby, and Whispering Solo. Swift Solo was not a great sire of speed. He was, however, a profound sire of correct and competitive show horses.

Solo Bird, one of Swift Solo’s few Thoroughbred offspring, never made a start at the track. He did sire several successful show horses including Solo On Duty. Photo via All Breed Database.

For nearly two decades, Swift Solo sired Quarter Horses that were dominant in the arena. One of his most notable offspring, One For The Record, a 1978 chestnut mare out of Record Breaker, by Breaker Hancock, won the 1988 AQHA Superhorse title. One For The Record was owned by Robyn Kaplow and shown in senior working hunter, senior hunter under saddle, pleasure driving, senior hunter hack and senior western riding at the AQHA World Show. One For The Record went on to produce AQHA point-earners Case In Point, Larks Oneforthemoney, and The Diversified One.

Larks Oneforthemoney, a bay stallion by Rugged Lark and out of One For The Record, by Swift Solo. Photo via All Breed Database.

Another one of his successful daughters, Ima Sweet Solo, a bay mare out of Jo’ank Racy Riot, by Joe Hank, earned AQHA points in halter, western pleasure, and western riding. Ima Sweet Solo was the 1978 AQHA High Point Western Pleasure horse. She went on to produce several foals including Regal Solo and Solos Silhouette. Miss Swift Lady, a brown mare by Swift Solo and out of Lucky Lady Bell, by Showdown Bell, earned money in cutting. She went on to produce Cruisin Dusty Dee, a World Champion Cutting Mare in the National Stock Horse Association.

Marshall Coker, a very successful son of Swift Solo. Photo via All Breed Database.

Many of Swift Solo’s sons were noteworthy performers and sires. Marshall Coker, a bay stallion by Swift Solo and out of Silvertone Annie, by Bill’s Gold, earned AQHA halter points and was a Superior Western Pleasure horse. Marshall Coker sired several AQHA point-earners including Oscar Lewis. Jonathan Swift, a bay stallion out of Bob’s Sugarbabe, by Sugar Bars, was an AQHA Champion with performance and halter points. Jonathan Swift sired numerous offspring including an AQHA World Champion. Swift Success, a bay stallion out of Champ’s Superstar, by Bonanza’s Champ, was an AQHA Champion and popular sire. Barry Swift, a bay stallion out of Otoe’s Susie, by Otoe, was a Superior Halter, Superior Western Pleasure, and AQHA Champion. He also earned points in reining and hunter under saddle. Through Barry Swift, Swift Solo can also be found in the pedigrees of barrel horse sires such as Swift Decider and Swift Darkness.

A stallion advertisement for Barry Swift, one of Swift Solo’s most prolific sons.

In total, Swift Solo sired 456 registered Quarter Horse foals that earned 10,629.5 AQHA points. He was a leading sire of AQHA point-earners. He was also prominent on the distaff side of a pedigree. He was the damsire of The Lark Ascending, the 1991 AQHA Superhorse. Swift Solo’s descendants are still competing in halter, western pleasure, western riding, reining, cutting, barrel racing, hunter under saddle, jumping, and more! He was an incredibly versatile sire.

Recognized, a Champion AQHA Stallion by Diversified and out of Solos Silhouette, a daughter of Ima Sweet Solo. Recognized is an excellent example of the great conformation Swift Solo’s offspring and descendants possessed.

Sources: Equineline, Equibase, All Breed Database, The Quarter Horse Journal

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