Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame

Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame

 

The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association announced the inaugural top ten horses that were inducted into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame and recognized at the December 4th Annual Awards Banquet :

  1. Allan F-1
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. Merry Go Boy
  4. Black Angel
  5. Roan Allen F-38
  6. Strolling Jim
  7. Wilson’s Allen
  8. Midnight Mack K
  9. Allen’s Gold Zephyr (Trigger)
  10. Merry Boy

The Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame concept was developed by Dr. Bradley Woodruff and once approved, combined with the Master Breeders’ Award committee.  The idea is to recognize the best of the best in terms of breeding production, show ring results and ambassadorship to the public promoting the best of the Tennessee Walking Horse.  (Additionally, the horses inducted must be registered with TWHBEA.)

The horses chosen for the inaugural induction included all horses from the beginning years of our breed up to 1950 (foaling date) and each year more will be added to the Hall of Fame.  Dr. Woodruff and the committee that established this award worked very hard to develop the program from an “idea” to this reality.  Successive year’s awards will include the next generation but may induct horses from previous periods as well.

Note:  Allen’s Gold Zephyr was Roy Roger’s horse, Trigger Jr.  Trigger Jr. replaced the original Trigger when the “old man” became too infirm for filming the famous stunts, tricks, and dances.  Trigger Jr., more highly trained in tricks, as well as dressage, took to the film industry with all four hooves.  He was owned by Paul K. Fisher of Souderton, PA who was reputed to have the largest Tennessee Walking Horse breeding farm in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s.

All the horses mentioned above are famously recognized throughout the industry.  Many more have had profound effects on the history of this breed as well, we know, and may be recognized in the future, as we continue the tradition, next year, of including the best of the best into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame.

We appreciate the hard work and thought put into this project by the committee and especially for the conception, Dr. Brad Woodruff.  Family members, if available, of the horses – or representatives on their behalf – will accept a ribbon at the awards banquet and be featured in a photo article detailing the horses’ feats and features.

2016

On December 3, 2016, the TWHBEA inducted 5 horses into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame.  Those horses selected from the 1960s decade exemplified the best of the breed in production, performance, or ambassadorship.  Those horses were…

  1. Pride of Midnight H.F.
  2. Ebony Masterpiece
  3. Sun’s Delight D.
  4. Merry Legs F-4
  5. Merry Walker

2017

At the December Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Awards Banquet, TWHBEA inducted 7 horses into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame.  5 were chosen from the 1970s decade and 2 additional from previous periods.

  1. Prides Generator
  2. The Pusher C.G.
  3. Prides Gold Coin
  4. Delight of Pride
  5. Pride’s Royal Master
  6. Magic’s Fame D
  7. The Talk of the Town

2018

On November 30, 2018, six horses from the decade of the 80s and from years before then were inducted by vote of the Master Breeders’ Hall of Fame committee, chaired by Walt Chism.  Those six horses are:

  1. Coin’s Hard Cash
  2. Ebony’s Sun Lady
  3. Gen’s Armed and Dangerous
  4. Gen’s Major General
  5. Go Boy’s Shadow
  6. Triple Threat

1982 Stallion Black by Prides Gold Coin (HOF) and Prides Donna bred by Harlin Hayes, Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, TN. Purchased as yearling by Reese and Steve Smith, and Bill Freeman. As a 2- year-old Herb Murrath selected Cash to train and campaign with Gary and Larry Edwards. The colt did not disappoint. He convincingly won the 3-year-old WGC, 4-year-old WGC and 5-year-old WGC. In 1987, he was purchased by Bonnie Cady, but remained with Larry Edwards to unanimously win the 1987 the World Grand Championship. After his win he stood for four years at The Horse Hub and he was purchased by Waterfall Farms and Big Valley Ranch, Inc. to lead the stallion lineup at Waterfall Farms. He sired 1366 registered foals that excelled across divisions. He is the sire of WGC Cash for Keeps and the top sire Lined With Cash; grandsire of WGC The Whole Nine Yards, WGC Walk Time Charlie, WGC Gen’s Black Maverick, and the multi-titled show mare Suiza. His daughters produced winners from 237 stallions. Tonight, Larry Edwards accepted the award on behalf of Coin’s Hard Cash.
Coin’s Hard Cash – TWH Hall of Fame – 2018

Ebony’s Sun Lady – TWH Hall of Fame – 2018

Gen’s Armed and Dangerous – TWH Hall of Fame – 2018

Gen’s Major General – TWH Hall of Fame – 2018

Triple Threat – TWH Hall of Fame – 2018

Go Boy’s Shadow – TWH Hall of Fame – 2018