April 6, 2012
Learn about one of the most famous American Quarter Horses with an Easter-themed name.
We at AQHA hope you’re enjoying this happy holiday with your friends, family and favorite American Quarter Horses.
Just for fun, we dug up some Easter-themed registered names, from Bunny Bunny Hop Hop to Easter Egg Hunt. But first, we thought we’d share the history of one of the most famous American Quarter Horses with an Easter-themed name, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Black Easter Bunny.
The late Spencer Childers, a Hall of Fame inductee himself, began his breeding program with a mare he purchased from trainer Walt Culbertson in 1957 for $7,500.
The 1952 champion 3-year-old filly, Black Easter Bunny, by Hysition (TB) and out of Flicka by Chicaro Bill, campaigned from age 2 to 7, winning $40,232 during a time of small purses. She started 111 horse races, winning 21 times, with 22 seconds and 14 thirds, and set or equaled three track records. As a broodmare, she produced seven foals. Five of those started races, each a winner and AQHA Register of Merit-earner, including the stakes-placed Moon Deck gelding Harlequin and champion Bunny’s Bar Maid.
“Bunny’s Bar Maid was Black Easter Bunny’s first daughter,” Childers said. “She was by Three Bars (TB) and won her first six starts. She ran in nothing except the best races.”
As Black Easter Bunny’s most prominent offspring, Bunny’s Bar Maid won the Kansas futurity in 1961, less than a month before clocking the fastest qualifying time to the All American Futurity. In the final, Bunny’s Bar Maid was second to champion Pokey Bar. In 11 races, Bunny’s Bar Maid earned more than $72,000.
Other winning descendants of Black Easter Bunny include Uncas, the top 2-year-old gelding in 1996, and stakes winner Luva Secret – they both descend from Black Easter Bunny. The blue-hen mare is the sixth dam of Uncas, while Luva Secret descends from Bunny’s Bar Boy, a full brother to Bunny’s Bar Maid.
“She raised some very fine horses for us,” Childers said of his Hall of Fame mare. “She was a wonderful mare.”
Black Easter Bunny was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2002.
Easter Themed Horse Names
These are some of our favorite Easter-themed registered American Quarter Horse names that we dug up. Feel free to share your own in the comments at the bottom!
Poco Miss Easter
Bunny Fu Fu
Easter Lily Filly
Bunny Bo Hop
Bunny Bold Thumper
Bunny Bunny Hop Hop
Bunny Go Lightly
Easter Bunny Sunday
Huntin For Chocolate
Easter Egg Hunt
Beaus Easter Bunny
Huntin For Hersheys
Huntin For Snickers
Easter Bunny Hop
Bunny Bunny Bunny
Easter Egg Hunter