Rugged Lark

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Rugged Lark
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Western Pleasure
Hunter Under Saddle
Trail
Pleasure driving
Reining
Sire Really Rugged (TB)
Grandsire Rough'n Tumble (TB)
Dam Alisa Lark
Maternal grandsire Leolark
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1981
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Teresa Striegel
Owner Carol A. Harris
Honors
Other awards
AQHA Performance Register of Merit
AQHA Superior Western Pleasure Horse
AQHA Superior Hunter Under Saddle Horse
AQHA Superior Trail Horse
1985 & 1987 AQHA World Show Superhorse
1985 World Champion Pleasure Driving Horse
1987 World Champion Senior Hunter Under Saddle Horse
1987 Reserve World Champion Senior Western Riding Horse
1987 Reserve World Champion Pleasure Driving Horse
Honors
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Rugged Lark (1981–2004) was Quarter Horse stallion who was a two time American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) World Show Superhorse as well as being a three time AQHA World Champion.[1]

Life[edit]

Rugged Lark was the son of a Thoroughbred stallion Really Rugged and out of a Quarter Horse mare named Alisa Lark. Alisa Lark was a great-granddaughter of Leo and a great-great-granddaughter of both King P-234 and Joe Hancock P-455.[1][2]

Rugged Lark won the AQHA World Show Superhorse title in 1985 and in 1987. He also was an AQHA Superior Western Pleasure Horse, Superior Hunter Under Saddle Horse, and Superior Trail Horse. In 1987 he was the World Champion Senior Hunter Under Saddle Horse. In 1985 he was the World Champion Pleasure Driving Horse. He earned AQHA points in Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Trail, Hunter Hack, Reining, Working Hunter, Western Riding, Pleasure Driving, and Barrel Racing.[1]

Rugged Lark died in October 2004 from colic.[3]

Among Rugged Lark's offspring are The Lark Ascending, Rugged Painted Lark, Look Whos Larkin – 1999 AQHA World Show Superhorse, Jolena Lark,[3] Rugged Lark II and Forever a Lark. He is one of only two stallions to sire other offspring to win superhorse titles.

Rugged Lark was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame[4] in 2006.[5]

Pedigree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Questionnaire (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Free For All (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pansy (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rough'n Tumble (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Bull Dog (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Roused (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rude Awakening (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Really Rugged (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Challenger II (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Errard (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Ruddy Light (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ruddy Belle (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sir Damion (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Harriet's Kid (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liz F (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rugged Lark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lemac
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sorrel Sue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Leolark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Bob
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tallulah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daisy K
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alisa Lark
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joe Hancock Jr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pelican
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Covella (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aliso Gill 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snicker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snicker Girl
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Okie Girl
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mattson Real American Quarter Horse pp. 112–113
  2. ^ Rugged Lark Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree
  3. ^ a b Martindale and Swan (ed.) Legends 7 pp. 225–227
  4. ^ AQHA Hall of Fame
  5. ^ American Quarter Horse Foundation – Rugged Lark

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