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The Western Thoroughbred History: Hawkin’s Special

Hawkin’s Special was foaled in Kentucky on February 20th, 1975. He was bred by W. H. Peckham, part owner of Go Man Go, Easy Jet, Rocket Wrangler, and many other great horses. Hawkin’s Special was by stakes winner Great Sun, who was by Bold Ruler. His dam, Sun Lover, was a stakes-winning daughter of Nasomo.… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History: Hawkin’s Special

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2022 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

The 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge will take place December 1st-10th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will showcase the top fifteen Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding. The WNFR will… Continue reading 2022 WNFR Pedigree Analysis

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Staunch Avenger

Staunch Avenger was foaled in Kentucky on March 16th, 1968. He was bred by Charles Heekin. Staunch Avenger was by multiple stakes winner Staunchness. Staunchness, a son of the great Bold Ruler, was the sire of several strong sprinters including Over Arranged, the grandsire of Deb Mohon’s great NFR barrel horse Special Agreement, aka “Brown.”… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Staunch Avenger

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Chicaro

Chicaro was foaled in Kentucky in 1923. He was bred by American businessman and philanthropist Harry Payne Whitney. Chicaro was by Whitney’s leading sire Chicle and out of Wendy, by Peter Pan. Wendy was the dam of thirteen foals including stakes winners March Hare and Zelide. Whitney repeated the cross that produced Chicaro five more… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Chicaro

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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… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Swift Solo

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Attila’s Storm

Attila’s Storm was foaled on February 19, 2002. He was bred in Kentucky by Lajos Kengye. He was sired by multiple graded stakes winner Forest Wildcat. His dam, Sweet Symmetry, was a Maryland-bred mare by Magesterial, winner of several graded stakes races in Europe. Sweet Symmetry won over $100,000 on the track and later produced… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Attila’s Storm

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Piggin String

Keeneland is the largest market for yearling Thoroughbreds in the entire world. Their annual sales began during World War II when wartime restrictions on rail transportation prohibited Kentucky breeders from shipping their horses to Saratoga, New York to be sold at auction. The first Keeneland yearling sale was held on August 9th, 1943. Hoop, Jr.,… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History – Piggin String

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Lanolark

In the early 1960s, Lanolark was one of the most consistent sprinters in California. He later stood in Nebraska where he sired an even faster family of Quarter Horses. Best known as the dam sire of Miss Thermolark and Moon Lark, Lanolark can still be found in the pedigrees of race, barrel, and rope horses today.

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The Western Thoroughbred History – Uncle Jimmie Gray

Aside from Three Bars and Peter McCue, Uncle Jimmie Gray is probably the most influential Jockey Club registered sire of Quarter Horses in the twentieth century. This small black stallion left a permanent mark on the short tracks of Texas. The pedigree of nearly every Quarter Horse alive today can be traced back to this exceptional sire of speed.

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The Western Thoroughbred History: Woven Web

Woven Web is the only World Champion Quarter Running Horse to share a sire with a Triple Crown winner. She held more records in Quarter Horse racing than any other horse of her time. Fondly known by racing fans across the south as “one hell of a mare,” Woven Web is a great reminder that… Continue reading The Western Thoroughbred History: Woven Web