Black Easter Bunny

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Black Easter Bunny
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Racing
Sire Hysition (TB)
Grandsire Hygro (TB)
Dam Flicka
Maternal grandsire Chicaro BIll
Sex Mare
Foaled 1949
Country United States
Color Black
Breeder Walter J. Culbertson
Owner Walter J. Culbertson
111 starts: 21-22-13
AAA speed rating
1952 Champion Quarter Running Three Year Old Filly
Superior Race Horse
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Black Easter Bunny (born 1949) was a Quarter Horse racehorse who raced during the early 1950s, winning many races against some of the giants of the breed.[1]


Black Easter Bunny was foaled in 1949 and was a black Quarter Horse mare. She was sired by Hysition, a Thoroughbred stallion, and her dam was a Quarter Horse mare named Flicka.[2] Her dam traced back to Chicaro, a Thoroughbred, as well as tracing three times to Little Joe, a son of Traveler.[3]

On the track, Black Easter Bunny started 111 times, placing first in twenty-one of those races. She placed second twenty-two times and came in third thirteen times. She earned an AAA speed rating, and a total of $40,228.00 in purses and 136 AQHA racing points. In 1952 she was named Champion Quarter Running Three Year Old Mare.[2]

In 1956, Black Easter Bunny's then owner Walt Culbertson decided to retire from racing, and sold Black Easter Bunny to Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Childers of Fresno, California. Spencer Childers told Nelson C. Nye that when Black Easter Bunny came up for sale, Childers "offered his wife the choice of a new mink coat or Black Easter Bunny for Christmas. She did not hesitate a moment."[4] After retiring from racing, she produced five foals. All five started races, were winners, and earned their Race Register of Merits. Four were rated AAA, and the fifth was rated AAAT. In total, her five offspring earned $122,969.00 on the racetrack.[2] Her daughter Bunny's Bar Maid was second in the 1961 All American Futurity as well as winning the Kansas Futurity.[5]

Black Easter Bunny was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) Hall of Fame[6] in 2002.[7]


Badajoz (TB)
Epinard (TB)
Epine Blanche (TB)
Hygro (TB)
Honeywood (TB)
Ruddy Light (TB)
Washoe Belle (TB)
Hysition (TB)
Olambala (TB)
Campfire (TB)
Nightfall (TB)
Campion (TB)
Wrack (TB)
Inquistion (TB)
Cowl (TB)
Black Easter Bunny
*Chicle (TB)
Chicaro (TB)
Wendy (TB)
Chicaro Bill
Little Joe
Verna Grace
Johnny Wilkens
Little Joe
Joe Moore
Della Moore
Kitty Wells
Little Joe
Lady Lou


  1. ^ Nye Great Moments in Quarter Horse Racing History p. 104-106
  2. ^ a b c Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 115
  3. ^ "Pedigree of Black Easter Bunny" All Breed Pedigree Database
  4. ^ Nye The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse p. 346-347
  5. ^ Nye The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse p. 347-348
  6. ^ American Quarter Horse Foundation "Hall of Fame Inductees" AQHA Hall of Fame
  7. ^ American Quarter Horse Foundation "Black Easter Bunny Archived November 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Hall of Fame Biographies


  • American Quarter Horse Foundation. "Black Easter Bunny". Hall of Fame Biographies. American Quarter Horse Foundation. Archived from the original (pdf) on November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  • American Quarter Horse Foundation. "Hall of Fame Inductees". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Foundation. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  • 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. (1983). Great Moments in Quarter Racing History. New York: Arco Publishing. ISBN 0-668-05304-6. 
  • "Pedigree of Black Easter Bunny". All Breed Pedigree Database. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 

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