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July 5, 2012

Test your pedigree knowledge with these questions.

Test your Quarter Horse knowledge with our bloodline quiz!

It took decades of genetic magic and breeding logic to put together that fabulous American Quarter Horse you’re riding. But how much do you know about your horse’s pedigree, or pedigrees and registration certificates in general?

We’ve come up with some trivia questions to test you. It’s an open book test, so use any resource you can find, from old timers to AQHA’s online records. Once you’re finished, scroll to the bottom for the answer key!

Start the quiz now!

1. A “blue hen” is:

A. A mare that was an outstanding performer on the racetrack or in the show pen.
B. An old bush-track trick of getting a lighter jockey by tying a chicken to a racehorse’s saddle and letting it ride the race.
C. A mare that had a remarkable influence on a breed, through male and female descendants, through several generations.
D. A chicken with bluish-gray feathers.

2. When registering a foal with AQHA, what is the only item listed below that cannot be included in its name?

A. Roman numerals
B. Arabic numerals
C. Punctuation marks
D. A single initial before or after a name

3. Which horse is by Zippo Pat Bars and out of Hank’s Peppy Lou by Dinky Reed?

A. The Big Investment
B. Zippo Pine Bar
C. The Invester
D. Zips Chocolate Chip

4. True or False: When you’re referring to a horse’s pedigree, horses are only referred to as half-brothers or half-sisters if they have the same dam.

5. Known as a barrel racing and racehorse sire, this horse’s third dam (great-grandmother) is by famous racehorse Seabiscuit (TB):

A. Jet Of Honor
B. Shawne Bug
C. On The Money Red
D. Mr Eye Opener

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6. Which is NOT an official AQHA classification of a face marking?

A. Star
B. Stripe
C. Snip
D. Bald

7. If you breed two related horses together and they have a common ancestor typically not closer than four generations back (if the first generation is considered the horse’s parents), that is called:

A. Out crossing
B. Cross-breeding
C. Line breeding
D. In-breeding

8. Which horse is by Poco Bueno and out of Sheilwin by Pretty Boy?

A. Poco Lena
B. Poco Pine
C. Doc’s Prescription
D. Doc’s Hickory

9. Which is NOT an official AQHA color?

A. Perlino
B. White
C. Yellow dun
D. Bay roan

10. Other than Three Bars (TB), what was the most common Thoroughbred sire found in the pedigrees of horses that competed in working hunter, hunt seat equitation and equitation over fences at the 2005 AQHYA World Championship Show?

A. Bold Ruler
B. Coup De Kas
C. Native Dancer
D. Rocket Bar

11. If you breed two unrelated horses together and they are both from the same breed, that is called:

A. Out crossing
B. Cross-breeding
C. Line breeding
D. In-breeding

12. If you breed two different breeds of horses together (such as a Quarter Horse to a Thoroughbred), that is called

A. Out crossing
B. Cross-breeding
C. Line breeding
D. In-breeding

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13. What horse matches this pedigree: by Nick Shoemaker and out of Hired Girl by Cowboy P-12?

A. Impressive
B. Otoe
C. Skipper W
D. Leo

14. True or False: Brands and scars must be shown on an AQHA registration certificate.

15. Which item doesn’t allow an appendix Quarter Horse to advance to a numbered certificate?

A. Amateur Register of Merit
B. Cryptorchidism
C. Parrot mouth
D. All of the above.

16. Which horse matches this pedigree: by Miller Boy and out of The Comer Mare by Barlow?

A. Blue Hancock
B. Peppy San
C. Driftwood
D. Lucky Blanton

17. At what age will a registered Quarter Horse be presumed dead by AQHA?

A. 20
B. 25
C. 30
D. 35

18. Which horse was the most common ancestor found in the 2005 Youth World Champions?

A. Zippo Pine Bar
B. Impressive
C. Three Bars (TB)
D. Rocket Wrangler

19. Which two famous horses trace back through their dams to the same Thoroughbred mare, Imperatrice, foaled in 1938?

A. Dash For Cash and Secretariat (TB)
B. King P-234 and Driftwood
C. Old Sorrel and Man O’ War (TB)
D. Top Deck (TB) and Three Bars (TB)

20. Which horse matches this pedigree: by Joe Cody and out of Doc Bar Linda by Doc Bar?

A. Topsail Cody
B. Bill Cody
C. High Proof
D. Doc’s Mahogany

21. Which item makes a horse ineligible for AQHA registration?

A. White markings beyond prescribed lines
B. A 2006 foal testing homozygous positive for HYPP (H/H)
C. Offspring resulting from an appendix-registered sire and an appendix-registered dam.
D. All of the above.

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22. Which horse was bred by the legendary King Ranch of Kingsville, Texas?

A. Wimpy P-1
B. Peppy San Badger
C. King P-234
D. All of the above.

23. In 1948, when AQHA was only 8 years old, what percentage of the more than 11,000 horses then registered traced back to Peter McCue?

A. 50 percent
B. 75 percent
C. 20 percent
D. 40 percent

24. True or False: When you refer to a horse’s pedigree, a horse is always “out of” a stallion and “by” a mare.

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All finished? Check out the answer key below and see how well you did!

Answer Guide

1. A “blue hen” is:
C. Although there are blue chickens, in pedigree talk, a blue hen is a mare that has had a remarkable and lasting, multigenerational influence on a breed, typically through both male and female descendants. Some Quarter Horse examples would be Royal Blue Boon in cutting circles and Do Good in the racing world.
2. When registering a foal with AQHA, what is the only item listed below that cannot be included in its name?
C.  Punctuation marks. At one point in time, punctuation marks were permitted, but the rule was later changed. For more information on AQHA name rules, click here.
3. Which horse matches this pedigree: by Zippo Pat Bars and out of Hank’s Peppy Lou by Dinky Reed?
C. The Invester. Foaled in Oklahoma in 1969, The Invester sired the earners of 22,827 points, in all divisions combined. He was an open AQHA champion.
4. True or False: When you’re referring to a horse’s pedigree, horses are only referred to as half-brothers or half-sisters if they have the same dam.
True. Someone who specializes in equine pedigrees only uses the terms “half-sister” and “half-brother” when the horses have the same dam, never when they have just the same sire. When they call horses “brother” or “sister,” that always means the horses are full siblings: same sire and same dam.
5. Known as a barrel racing and racehorse sire, this horse’s third dam (great-grandmother) is by famous racehorse Seabiscuit (TB):
B. Shawne Bug. Foaled in Oklahoma in 1974, by Lady Bug’s Moon and out of Shawne Win by Lewin, Shawne Bug earned a high speed index of 101 and $277,023 on the track.
6. Which is NOT an official AQHA classification of a face marking?
B. Stripe. A “strip” is how AQHA classifies a thin vertical face marking, not a “stripe.” A “blaze” is a wider vertical strip of white down the face, while “bald” means a very wide blaze.
7. If you breed two related horses together and they have a common ancestor typically not closer than four generations back (if the first generation is considered the horse’s parents), that is called:
C. Line breeding. Line breeding means breeding individuals that are distantly related, typically farther back than the fourth generation.
8. Which horse matches this pedigree: by Poco Bueno and out of Sheilwin by Pretty Boy?
A. Poco Lena made history in the cutting pen in the 1950s under rider Don Dodge. She made history in the breeding shed as the dam of only two foals: Doc O’Lena and Dry Doc.
9. Which is NOT an official AQHA color?
C. Yellow dun is not a recognized color. White was added as a recognized color in 2006 with perlino, and bay roan was added in 2003.
10. Other than Three Bars (TB), what was the most common Thoroughbred sire found in the pedigrees of horses that competed in working hunter, hunt seat equitation and equitation over fences at the 2005 Youth World?
A. Bold Ruler. A 1954 son of Nasrullah, Bold Ruler appears in American Quarter Horse pedigrees through 222 of his Thoroughbred offspring, including his son Secretariat.
11. If you breed two unrelated horses together and they are both from the same breed, that is called:
A. Out crossing is breeding two unrelated individuals, or individuals that, if they do have the same ancestor, that ancestor is significantly far back in the two horses’ pedigrees.
12. If you breed two different breeds of horses together (such as a Quarter Horse to a Thoroughbred), that is called
B. Cross-breeding. People often say “out cross” when they talk about breeding Quarter Horses to Thoroughbreds, but, technically speaking, that is “cross-breeding.”
13. What horse matches this pedigree: by Nick Shoemaker and out of Hired Girl by Cowboy P-12?
C. Skipper W. A 1945 sorrel stallion, Skipper W never stood to the public, siring only 132 foals from 18 crops. H.J. “Hank” Wiescamp of Alamosa, Colorado, bred the stallion to a band of mares line bred to Old Fred.
14. True or False: Brands and scars must be shown on an AQHA registration certificate.
True. Brands and scars must be shown on an AQHA registration certificate.
15. Which item doesn’t allow an appendix Quarter Horse to advance to a numbered certificate?
A. Amateur Register of Merit
B. Cryptorchidism
C. Parrot mouth
D. All of the above. For an appendix Quarter Horse to receive a numbered certificate, he must qualify for a Register of Merit in AQHA-approved events not restricted in any way. Youth and/or amateur Registers of Merit do not qualify a horse for advancement. Horses having parrot mouth, cryptorchidism, HYPP or excessive white markings are not eligible for advancement.
16. Which horse matches this pedigree: by Miller Boy and out of The Comer Mare by Barlow?
C. Driftwood. This legendary roping and rodeo sire was foaled in 1932. Some sources vary on his pedigree, but old timers say the horse carried the blood of Peter McCue, regardless of how it got there.
17. At what age will a registered Quarter Horse be presumed dead by AQHA?
B. 25. When AQHA records indicate a horse has lived 25 years past January 1 of his foaling year, he will be presumed dead unless the owner submits full-view color photographs and a written statement each year to prove the horse is still living.
18. Which horse was the most common ancestor found in the 2005 AQHYA world champions?
C. Three Bars (TB)
19. Which two famous horses trace back through their dams to the same Thoroughbred mare, Imperatrice, foaled in 1938?
A. Dash For Cash and Secretariat (TB). Imperatrice’s great-granddaughter Find A Buyer (TB) foaled two-time world champion racehorse Dash for Cash in 1973. Imperatrice’s daughter Somethingroyal foaled two-time Horse of the Year and Triple Crown winner Secretariat (TB) in 1970.
20. Which horse matches this pedigree: by Joe Cody and out of Doc Bar Linda by Doc Bar?
A. Topsail Cody. Undefeated in his reining career, Topsail Cody won the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in 1980 and was the AQHA junior reining world champion in 1981.
21. Which item makes a horse ineligible for registration?
C. Offspring resulting from an appendix-registered sire and an appendix-registered dam. As of 2006, offspring from two appendix-registered parents, as well as offspring from an appendix-registered parent and a Thoroughbred parent, are no longer be eligible for registration.
22. Which horse was bred by the legendary King Ranch of Kingsville, Texas?
A. Wimpy P-1. Wimpy, foaled in 1937, was by Solis (by Old Sorrel) and out of Panda (also by Old Sorrel). Old Sorrel was King Ranch’s foundation sire. King, foaled in 1932, was bred by Manuel Benavides Volpe of Laredo, Texas. Peppy San Badger, foaled in 1974, was bred by R.H. Fulton and Co. of Lubbock, Texas, and later owned by King Ranch.
23. In 1948, when AQHA was only 8 years old, what percentage of the more than 11,000 horses then registered traced back to Peter McCue?
C. 20 percent
24. True or False: When you refer to a horse’s pedigree, a horse is always “out of” a stallion and “by” a mare.
False. The correct way to refer to a pedigree is to say a horse is “by” a stallion and “out of” a mare. For example, you would say that Doc Bar is by Lightning Bar (sire) and out of Dandy Doll (dam) by Mr. Texas Dandy (dam’s sire).

Score Key

So how did you fare?

1-5 correct = You need to brush up on your bloodline knowledge … try ordering Quarter Paths: Anecdotes of the Fastest Horse on Earth, The Doc Bar Bloodline report and The Three Bars (TB) Bloodline!

6-10 correct = Not too shabby. You’re a legitimate Quarter Horse fan. But you might want to keep reading The American Quarter Horse Journal!

11-15 correct = Good job! You ought to try your hand at AQHA’s Guess That Horse contest, an online contest that takes place every Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT right here on America’s Horse Daily.

16-24 correct = You should come work for us at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum!