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Happy Father’s Day!

June 16, 2013

We salute fathers everywhere, plus the 20 founding sires of the American Quarter Horse registry.

Whiskaway P-16

Whiskaway P-16 may not be as famous as some of the other AQHA foundation sires, but he still made a lasting impact on the breed. Photo courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

Father’s Day is a time to thank your dad for everything he has done in your life. From childhood to adulthood, he has watched you grow and helped you to become the person you are today. It’s a time to show your father how much you love and appreciate him. It’s a time to give him the recognition he deserves.

On this special day, AQHA would like to give some recognition to our “founding fathers” – the first 20 American Quarter Horses to receive a registration number. These special stallions were designated to be the foundation sires for the registry. When AQHA began back in 1940, it was decided that the first horse registered would be the grand champion stallion at the Fort Worth Stock Show, which ended up being Wimpy P-1. The 20th registration number would be reserved for the first president of AQHA, W.B. Warren, which he chose to use for his stallion Pancho. The remaining spaces between were to be filled by stallions of an “ideal” Quarter Horse type, using the criteria of conformation, performance and even lineage. Each horse was selected for a specific reason.

Some of the stallions have familiar names – Wimpy, Joe Reed, Joe Bailey, Oklahoma Star and Cowboy – while others have faded into the background over time. Much of this can be attributed to the fact that some stallions had get that were showing and campaigning, while other stallions sired steady, capable cow horses whose abilities were only known among ranchers and cowboys. Some sired hundreds of foals, while others only sired a handful. Check out the July issue of America’s Horse magazine for more on one of these largely unknown sires, Whiskaway. But no matter their level of fame, these 20 foundation sires were the building blocks of the breed we all know and love today.

Let’s take a moment to recognize these great Quarter Horse sires:

Wimpy P-1
Rialto P-2
Joe Reed P-3
Joe Bailey P-4
Chief P-5
Oklahoma Star P-6
Columbus P-7
Colonel P-8
Old Red Buck P-9
Old Jim P-10
Sheik P-11
Cowboy P-12
Waggoner’s Rainy Day P-13
Old Red Bird P-14
Brown Possum P-15
Whiskaway P-16
Little Richard P-17
Yellow Boy P-18
Tomate Laureles P-19
Pancho P-20

Happy Father’s Day, and don’t forget to tell dear ol’ Dad how much he means to you!