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The Joy of the Foundation Quarter Horse
King P-234 Bred horses
The Making of Legends
King is still one of the most influential foundation Quarter Horses, even though he was born in 1932. The versatility that is produced in his descendants is unsurpassed, especially in ranch and cattle work. One of his many successful sons, Poco Bueno, still shows up on the face papers of foundation bred American Quarter Horses, and he was born in 1944!
The cherished art of line breeding and even inbreeding to produce and preserve the precious foundation bloodlines is slowly fading with the loss of many large ranches and the dispersal of some of the best, oldest and most famous large foundation herds across the United States of America. There is also an issue of specialization attracting breeders, mostly financial motivation with big payouts in jackpots and futurities. However, there are still breeders who have not given in to the 'age of specialization' who are preserving the all around American Quarter Horse. Foundation Quarter Horses are known for being sturdy, with solid bone and hooves, are able to show, work on the range, work cattle all day and yet are gentle enough for children to ride or show while still being edgy and quick when necessary. Breeding this type of Quarter Horse is an art, careful combinations of fine bloodlines mixed and re-mixed, concentrated and then out-crossed to produce the perfect horse that is both beautiful and talented.
The King Ranch horses, and the descendants of the lines created there will always be cherished by those who know them and ride them because they are simply the best! I have a King-bred mare that has Poco Bueno on her face papers as well as in her fourth generation. She is 94% foundation bred and I bought her as a two year old. She is now 19 years old, still sound, quick and yet gentle enough for my girls aged 14, eight and four years old to ride and is in foal. This versatility and longevity is the signature of the foundation bred horse. Long lived and sturdy; several of my friends own my mare's relatives and all that I know of have lived well into their 30s, many breeding into their late 20s. This is not an accident, freak of nature or stroke of luck. The programs that bred and nurtured these horses acted carefully and built these traits over a long period of time, crossing and re-crossing the same bloodlines and then adding touches of thoroughbred blood such as Three Bars who Doc Bar descends from, to keep the horses athletic and maintain hybrid vigor. The cross of King with Leo and/or Oklahoma Star bred mares created an unbeatable line of horses that were both sturdy, athletic and beautiful.
I am not a sales woman. In fact, I'm a terrible sales woman. Why? Because I don’t want to sell any of my horse’s offspring! They are so incredible, talented and attractive that I want to keep them all to myself. These qualities are what I believe were the ideals that were set when the American Quarter Horse was created and I am proud to be carrying on the ideal in my own horses.
My stallion is by an own son of Mr Gun Smoke and out of my foundation mare. He was his sire's last foal; his sire, Smokin Streak, was a 1981 American Quarter Horse stallion that bred up until his death in 2007, the year of my colt's birth! My stallion is a grandson of Mr Gun Smoke and has Cutter Bill on his face papers, both influential cow horse sires. He also has Royal King in his fourth generation, a magic son of King who shows up on many famous and well-known cutting horse's papers! Royal King has proven to be a vital 'broodmare sire'.
King had and still has a remarkable influence on the American Quarter Horse and hopefully, through programs to preserve the bloodlines, will continue to do so. I have gotten several friends addicted to the foundation Quarter Horses and I intend to continue my work. It's easy. Why? Because all they have to do is meet my horses; see them, their beauty, athleticism, talent and fantastic attitude and they want that for themselves.
Sorry guys, none of -my- foundation horses are for sale.