1963-Voice Of The Tennessee Walking Horse 1963 January Voice | Page 3

Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse 1 Syndicates Form For Breeding Of Merry Go Boy, Go Boy's Shadow, Sun Dust, Midnight Mack K A trail-blazing new phase in Ten­ nessee Walking Horse breeding was announced in Shelbyville, Tenn., on Jan. 10 with formation begun of four syndicates involving at least four prominent stallions—being purchased for sums reported to total nearly a half million dollars. Don Decker of Omaha, Neb., spokesman for the group, said stal­ lions already secured were: Merry Go Boy, “bought for the highest price ever paid for a Tennessee Walk­ ing Horse as of this time,” to remain at the S. W. Beech, Jr., farm at Bel­ fast, Tenn. (mail address Lewisburg Route 5) ; Sun Dust and Midnight Mack K, to be at the Vic Thompson Stables, Shelbyville. Negotiations were under way for Go Boy's Shadow, with this deal due to be closed on Feb. 15 for a reported price of 200,000. At that time it is planned to bring Shadow to Vic Thompson’s Stables from the H. C. Bailey Stables at Jackson, Miss. Indi­ vidual prices on other stallions in­ volved were not specified, but reports were general that Shadow would bring more than three times the high­ est price previously paid for a horse of this breed. In the group with Decker were Jack Corn of Brentwood, Tenn., real estate man and president of the Ten­ nessee Horsemen’s Assn.; Thompson in the three syndicates for horses lo­ cated at his stables; and Beech in the Merry Go Boy Syndicate. Decker said the four stallions each would involve an entirely separate syndicate. It is said to be the first time Tennessee Walking Horses have been publicly syndicated, although the practice is common in the Thoroughbred industry and also has been done with some other breeds. Decker said plans are for “shares in each stallion to be ofEered for sale— and each purchaser will be allowed one service per season for each share— for the remainder of the stud's active breeding life.” A shareholder may sell his season at any time. Decker indicated each stallion’s breeding potential would be limited to approximately 100 mares per year. Merry Go Boy is 20 years old—was world's grand champion in 1947-48, won world’s championships at all ages from weaning through five years old, and also won get of sire titles. He was formerly owned by C. C. Turner of Broadway, Va., and Beech. The stallion began standing at Belfast in 1955. He was sired by Merry Boy out of Wiser’s Dimples. Turner ac­ quired the stallion in 1948 for a then record price before he won his sec­ ond grand championship. Go Boy’s Shadow, 11 years old—was world’s grand champion in 1955-56, winning both the junior title and the grand championship as a 3-year-olcl in 1955. He and his sire were both ridden to the titles by the late Wins­ ton Wiser of Shelbyville. Shadow was bought from the Wiser estate early last year by FI. C. Bailey of Jackson for what was then reported to be the highest price ever paid for a Walk­ ing Horse—Said to be in excess of the S55,000 reported paid by C. C. Turner for Merry Go Boy. Shadow was sired by Merry Go Boy out of Merry Walker and foaled at Dr. Porter Rodgers’ farm at Searcy, Ark. Midnight Mack K, 15 years old, was bought by the syndicate from W. Joe Urquhart of Columbia, Tenn., where the stallion has been standing. He is the sire of Rodgers’ Perfection—world's grand champion at the 1959 Celebration in Shelby­ ville, and also of Mack K’s Hand­ shaker, the 1960 champion. The stal­ lion was sired by Midnight Sun out of Panola. Sun Dust, also 15 years old, was bought by the syndicate from Pat Kimbro of Atlanta, Ga. Previously he was owned by E. A. Sisco of Mt. Plea­ sant, Tenn. Sun Dust has been promi­ nent as a sire in recent years although his show record was cut short when he teas foundered while a two-year-old. Among the get of Sun Dust are: Golden Sun-Dust, Sun-Ray, Sun-Down S, Paper Doll, Society Mist, Sun-Dust Defender, Sun-Set, Another Sun Dust, Sun-Dust Little Star, Sun-Dust Ju­ bilee, Star Dust, Dust Storm, Sun Dust of Midnight, Sun Dust Sensa­ tion, Mr. Executive, Town & Coun­ try, Lady in Lace, Sun Dust Angel and Sun Dust Rambler. “With this syndicate proposition we hope to improve the Walking Horse by eliminating over-breeding which we feel has been weakening the industry,” Decker declared. “Also, we feel that this method will give the small breeder the opportunity to buy into top horses. Legal details in connection with the syndicate operation were being pushed to completion as quickly as possible. Thompson said he expected Sun Dust and Midnight Mack K to arrive at his place by Feb. 1 and Merry Go Boy immediately after Feb. 15. He said he plans to build at once a fire­ proof, air-conditioned barn to house the stallions—across the highway from his new training barn. His new stables are eight miles north of Shel­ byville on Highway U.S. 41-A, to­ ward Nashville. Thompson, a veteran trainer, rode Sun's Jet Parade to the 1957 Celebration world’s grand cham­ pionship. This horse died at his sta­ bles last fall. Jackson, Tenn. Mid-South Site Meeting of the Mid-South Horse Show's Assn, will be held in Jackson, Tenn. on Feb. 10-11. The Voice issue of December announced this meeting date but identified the meeting place with the incorrect State. The Ed itor regrets this error. Annual dinner for the association on Sunday night, Feb. 10, is expected to have 500 present—this being held at 6:30 p. m. following a directors meeting. Three directors are to be elected and horse show dates for the 1963 season in the Mid-South area will be cleared. The Monday schedule will include a directors meeting, and an afternoon school for show' managers and other officials conducted by Eli Long of Germantown and other nationally cognized authorities. Reservations for this meeting should be made through Secretary Treasurer Emmet Guy, P. O. Box 1592, Jackson, Tenn.