Reading A Pedigree

   Inbreeding ~ a chapter
    from the forthcoming book
    "Bloodlines N Pedigrees"


        A Lost Bloodline

   REY JAY  part 1  part 2

        The Legend of Unikia

   HARLAN ~ part 1  part 2
Dixie Beach's Last Foal

Triple Cutter Bill

Triple Cutter Bill in 2006

Triple Cutter Bill moves to Texas and his historic roots!


He has been leased from Larry by the Burgess-Herring Ranch of Stinnett, Texas. The Herring Ranch was founded by C. T. Herring.

It was Herring that turned Golden Chief over to R. L. Underwood. Golden Chief was the foundation sire for Underwood's Copperbottom breeding program. Thus the Herring Ranch is the original home of Golden Chief.

Triple will be used by C. C. Burgess, Burgess-Herring Ranch owner and Jim Scudday, Burgess-Herring Ranch manager to reintroduce the Golden Chief blood back into their breeding program.

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Part 1
The Story of Harlan, Dixie Beach's Last Foal

by Larry Thornton

(c) Copyright 2005. All rights reserved. Reprint permission must be in writing.

Howard Pitzer once made the statement that his famous stallion, Two Eyed Jack, would have made a "good gelding." Of course we know that Two Eyed Jack became an all time leading sire. He is after all the AQHA All Time Leading Sire of AQHA Champions. His record 119 AQHA Champions is a record that will probably never be broken and thatís quite a record for a stallion that would have made a nice gelding.

I suppose we could find a lot of good geldings out there that if they were left as breeding horses, would have proven to be good sires as well. The stallion that we will be looking at in this "Working Lines" is Harlan. Ironically when Bob Robey, of Perkins, Oklahoma, went looking for a son of Hank H to rope on, he found Harlan and his plan called for him to geld his new horse. But Robey opted to keep his new horse a breeding stallion and the benefits to the quarter horse has paid off for the good of the breed.

So why didnít Robey geld Harlan? Letís find out from Mr. Robey, "Well when I started this thing, which was a long time ago, there were two mares that I thought were the apex of the quarter horse breed and they were Dee Gee and Squaw H. They were the kind of mares that could do something."

Dee Gee was one of the first AQHA Champions named when the association started awarding this honor. She was sired by Bartender and out of Scarlett by Little Fort. Squaw H was a AAA rated race mare that was a stakes winner. She was sired by King P-234 and out of Queen H by Dan.

Robey continued, "Hank H was a full brother to Squaw H and I was a big fan of this great mare. So we went and bought a Hank H filly from Jack and Paul Smith of Indianola, Oklahoma. They owned Hank H. We even took a mare down for a friend to be bred to Hank H. Then Hank H died and I wrote a letter to Paul. By this time Jack had gone with the Highway Patrol and Paul was living on the old place. I asked Paul if he had any Hank H foals for sale, and he wrote back that he had a three year old stud and a Hard Twist gelding out of their ole King Mare for sale. So me, my wife and my father-in-law went, and we bought Harlan. We bought Harlan for the Hank H with the intention of gelding him and roping calves on him."

It was at this point that Robey told about a previous visit he had to see the Smith horses, "Well one time I was down to the Smithís and they showed me a little ole buckskin mare. They said this is Dixie Beach. That didnít mean anything to me. I just looked over the stall door at her and saw this little old buckskin mare heavy in foal. So when we bought Harlan we didnít know who Dixie Beach was. But when I got home, I did a little research and I made up my mind that Harlan may be out of as good a mare as the stud he was sired by. So we started breeding him and his roping career never came about."

Robey explained why the roping career was permanently put on hold, "Well at that time I was an amateur calf roper and we werenít interested in showing horses. But Harlan was quite a roping horse and thatís what I bought him for. But the vet said I shouldnít rope on him and then breed him. So we just bred him and raised colts. Of course when his colts got big enough, then we started to show them."

When asked about what kind of performer Harlan was, Robey responded, " He did everything quick. He was not an easy horse to rope on. He broke out of the box with a lot of gas. And when he stopped, he stopped. Everything was quick about him. Heíd made a great roping horse, if weíd went on with him."


Harlan was foaled in 1951. He was bred by Jack and Paul Smith of Indianola, Oklahoma. His sire was Hank H by King P-234. Hank H a AA rated race horse. His race record included 10 starts with two wins; one second and three thirds. He was a proven sire of ROM race and arena horses including Little Bay Lady, a AA rated race mare and Hanky Doodle, an ROM arena horse that was an AQHA Champion. One of the great show horses sired by Hank H was Hankís Sue. This great halter mare was the 1957 AQHA Honor Roll Halter Horse. Hankís Sue is the dam of Leo San Hank by Leo San. Leo San Hank was the sire of Grulla San, dam of leading cutting horse sire High Brow Hickory.

King P-234 became a foundation sire of many famous horses. They would include the AQHA Hall of Fame members Poco Bueno and Royal King. His foals earned 24 AQHA Championships; 84 ROM and 13 Superior Halter and performance horses. The record King P-234 put together as a sire has put him in the AQHA Hall Of Fame as well. King P-234 was sired by Zantanon by Little Joe by Traveler. The dam of Zantanon was Jeanette by Billy. The dam of Jeanette was a Sykes Rondo mare by Sykes Rondo.

The dam of King P-234 was Jabalina. Jabalina was sired by Strait Horse by Yellow Jacket. Yellow Jacket was sired by Little Rondo by Lockís Rondo and out of Barbee Dun by Lockís Rondo. The dam of Jabalina was a mare we know today as the Bay Quarter Mare. She is believed by many to be sired by Traveler.

The dam of Hank H was Queen H by Dan by Joe Bailey. The dam of Queen H was a Nail Quarter Mare, whose breeding is unknown. Queen H was bred by J. H. Nail of Albany, Texas.

Queen H was a foundation mare for J. O. Hankins, brother to Jess Hankins, the owner of King P-234. This great mare was a top producer, especially when bred to King P-234. The first foal out of Queen H and sired by King P-234 was Duchess H. Duchess H was shown but has no points. She is the dam of such noted horses as Balmy L Too, by Balmy L; Black Texas by My Texas Dandy; Double Trouble H by King P-234 and Bay Reba by Leo. The foals of Duchess H have shown up in some very successful performance horses. This would include her son Black Texas, who is the sire of Texas Kitty, the dam of Royal Texas. Royal Texas is the sire of Texas Dottie, the dam of Royal Tincie. Royal Tincie is the dam of the great Royal Blue Boon. Royal Blue Boon being the dam of many great performers including Peptoboonsmal, NCHA Futurity Champion. Bay Reba is the dam of Commander King, who is the sire of many greats including Commandee King. Commandee King is the dam of Miss Royal Dry, NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Reserve Champion. Commandee King is the dam of Dry Doc 2, who is the dam of Doc Olena Dry. Doc Olena Dry is the dam of Olenas Dually, an NCHA Non-Pro Super Stakes Champion and NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion.

The next foal for Queen H was Squaw H. This great race mare was rated AAA on the race track. She was a stakes winner of the Tucson Speed Stakes. Squaw H has had a major impact on the working horse through her son Squaw King, by King P-234. This would make Squaw king 1 X 2 inbred to King P-234. Squaw King was the sire of Squaw Leo. Squaw Leo was the sire of the NRHA Hall of Fame stallion Be Aech Enterprise. Be Aech Enterprise is one of the NRHA Million Dollar sires. His foals have earned in excess of $1,000,000 including Trashadeous, the famous paint stallion that is an NRHA Hall of Fame member.

The third foal out of Queen H and by King P-234 was Hank H. Then in 1944 Flapper H was foaled. This daughter of King P-234 was the dam of the AQHA Champion Flapperís Breeze and the ROM race horse Hard Twist II.

Booger H was Queen Hís 1945 foal. This stallion was racing ROM with a AA rating. He won eight races in 23 starts. Booger H was a successful sire with AQHA Champions like Booda Bar, Boomer Isle, Cue Stick and Jericho Lark to his credit. One of his daughters Redwood Ruth is the dam of Boogerette Chex, the dam of multiple AQHA World Champion Peppy Badger Chex.

Queen Hís next King P-234 foal was Your Highness. This mare was AA rated on the race track with her ROM. Your Highness was the dam of the ROM race horse Eterna.

The next performer from the King P-234 and Queen H cross was Joe Hank. This stallion was an AQHA Champion with 29 performance points with an ROM and 14 halter points. He was an NCHA money earner. Joe Hank is a proven sire with foals like Hankís Jet an AQHA Champion.

Queen Dawn was Queen Hís 1955 foal sired by King P-234. This mare earned 11 AQHA halter points. She was the dam of the ROM runner Kecia. This AAA rated runner was sired by Top Deck (TB).

The last King P-234 foal out of Queen H was Kingís Queen Ann. This mare was the dam of three performers including Billís Queen Ann, seven performance points; Miss San Ann, NCHA money earner and Hollywood Gloss, NCHA money earner.

Continued ~ Part 2

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