Bert (horse)

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Bert
Breed Quarter Horse
Sire Tommy Clegg
Grandsire Sam Watkins
Dam Lady Coolidge
Maternal grandsire Beetch's Yellow Jacket
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1934
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder Bert Benear
Honors
Inducted into American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Bert (born 1934) was one of the most influential sires in the early years of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).[1]

Life[edit]

Foaled on March 24, 1934[2] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bert was registered as number 227 with the AQHA.[3] His registration entry gives his breeder as Bert Benear of Tulsa, Oklahoma and his color as brown.[3] His sire, Tommy Clegg was a descendant of Peter McCue while his dam, Mayflower, was descended from both Yellow Jacket and Yellow Wolf.[4] Lady Coolidge was a dun mare foaled in 1928, bred by Mike Beetch of Lawton, Oklahoma. Her dam was a match racing mare with a time of eleven seconds for the 220 yards. Bert's sire was used on the Benear ranch as a cowhorse before he was sold to Howard Martin.[2]

Bert was bought as a colt by Bob Weimer of Council Hill, Oklahoma who named his new purchase after the colt's breeder. Bert was broke as a three-year-old, but before he could start on a riding career, he injured himself in barbed wire, almost cutting his right front foot off. After a recovery lasting months, Bert was sound, but his owner did not feel that it was safe to work him hard, as the colt had been purchased mainly as a breeding stallion prospect. In his prime, he stood 14.3 hands (59 inches, 150 cm) high and weighed close to 1150 pounds. Weimer claimed that he could "turn him out in the morning with the mares and drive out in the pasture in the evening with the pick-up and he will come to me as quick as I call him."[2]

Bert sired racehorses, roping horses, and all around ranch horses. He was the sire of eleven race starters, all of whom earned an AQHA Race Register of Merit.[5] His foal who earned the most money on the racetrack was V's Bert, who earned $2777 from forty-eight starts with five wins, twelve seconds and five thirds in six years of racing.[5] He sired four AQHA Champions, as well as Superior Halter horses and Superior Performance horses.[6] His daughter Jeanne's Patsy was the 1955 AQHA High Point Roping horse.[7] His granddaughter Baby Doll Combs was a noted rodeo bull dogging mare.[1] Bert died in May 1956.[1]

Bert was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[8]

Pedigree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter McCue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hickory Bill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucretia M
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sam Watkins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Duke of the Highlands (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hattie W
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Katie Wawekus (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tommy Clegg
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Rondo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Red Bird
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shely mare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mamie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Crowder
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Julia Crowder
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shely mare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bert
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old Joe Bailey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow Wolf
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old Mary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beetch's Yellow Jacket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow Jacket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Yellow Jacket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Coolidge
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nail Driver
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mayflower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snip
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Simmons Legends p. 115-116
  2. ^ a b c Nye Outstanding Modern Quarter Horse Sires p. 144-148
  3. ^ a b American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Official Stud Book p. 86
  4. ^ "Pedigree Pedigree of Bert" All Breed Pedigree Database
  5. ^ a b Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 95-96
  6. ^ Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 12-13
  7. ^ Nye The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse p. 77
  8. ^ American Quarter Horse Association "AQHA Hall of Fame Archived October 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine."

References[edit]

  • American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "AQHA Hall of Fame". American Quarter Horse Association. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  • American Quarter Horse Association (1961). Official Stud Book and Registry Combined Books 1-2-3-4-5. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association. 
  • Nye, Nelson C. (1964). The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse: A Breeder's Guide and Turfman's Reference. New York: A. S. Barnes and Co. 
  • Nye, Nelson C. (1948). Outstanding Modern Quarter Horse Sires. New York: William Morrow & Company. 
  • "Pedigree of Bert". All Breed Pedigree Database. AllBreedPedigrees.com. Retrieved June 23, 2007. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Close, Pat; Simmons, Diane, eds. (1993). Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-26-0. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 

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