Peter McCue

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Peter McCue
Peter McCue with Tom Caudill
Breed registered with The Jockey Club as a Thoroughbred, but sired by a Quarter Horse
Sire Dan Tucker
Grandsire Barney Owens
Dam Nora M (TB)
Maternal grandsire Voltigeur (TB)
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1895
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Samuel Watkins
Owner Milo Burlingame
Coke Roberds
John Wilkens
41 starts: 9-5-7
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Peter McCue (1895–1923) was a racehorse and sire influential in the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA), although he died before the AQHA was formed.


Peter McCue (foaled 1895) was registered in the American Stud Book as a Thoroughbred, sired by Duke of the Highlands, but his breeder and his breeder's family always maintained that he was actually sired by a Quarter Horse stallion named Dan Tucker.[1][2][3] His dam was a Thoroughbred mare named Nora M, who was a double-bred descendant of the imported stallion Glencoe.[2] One story has it that, the horse was named after a neighbor of the Watkins' family, Peter McCue.[4]

Peter McCue raced for a number of years, then was retired to stud, standing in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado before his death in 1923.[5] Among his offspring were Hickory Bill, A D Reed, Shiek P-11, Chief P-5, Harmon Baker, John Wilkens and Jack McCue.[1]

Peter McCue was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[6]


Old Billy
Cold Deck
Dollie Coker (Maudy)
Barney Owens
Dollie Overton
Dan Tucker
Steel Dust
Jack Traveler
Lady Bug (Butt Cut)
Harry Bluff
June Bug
Munch Meg
Peter McCue
Glencoe (TB)
Vandal (TB)
Sister to Lucy Lea (TB)
Voltigeur (TB)
Highlander (TB) by Glencoe (TB)
Duet (TB)
Delta (TB)
Nora M (TB)
Glencoe (TB)
Star Davis (TB)
Margaret Wood (TB)
Kitty Clyde (TB)
*Margrave (TB)
Margravine (TB)
Gabriella (TB)


  1. ^ a b Short Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse pp. 60–61
  2. ^ a b All Breed Pedigree Pedigree of Peter McCue
  3. ^ Welch "Peter McCue's Family Tree" Quarter Horse Journal pp. 26–29, 48–52
  4. ^ Dover "How Peter McCue Got His Name" Quarter Horse Journal p. 33
  5. ^ Simmons, et al. Legends 2 pp. 36–45
  6. ^ AQHA Hall of Fame


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Peter McCue retrieved on June 23, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on October 30, 2011
  • Dover, Otto (April 1953). "How Peter McCue Got His Name". Quarter Horse Journal: 33. 
  • Short, Victoria (1998). Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse. Houston: Loshadt Publishing. 
  • Simmons, Diane; Jim Goodhue; Holmes, Frank Wakefield; Phil Livingston (editors) (1994). Legends 2: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-30-9. 
  • Welch, William (January 1964). "Peter McCue's Family Tree". Quarter Horse Journal: 26–29, 48–52. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Burlingame, Milo "Peter McCue – As I Knew Him ..." Quarter Horse Journal July 1959
  • Burlingame, Milo "The Truth About Peter McCue" Texas Livestock Journal December 15, 1949
  • Chamberlain, Richard "Quarter Paths" Quarter Racing Journal August 1988
  • Denhardt, Robert M. "About Peter McCue" Quarter Horse Journal June 1971
  • Denhardt, Robert M. " 'Peter McCue': A Wonder Horse" The Cattleman October 1939
  • Dinsmore, Wayne "The Racing Record of Peter McCue" Quarter Horse Journal November 1951
  • Estes, J. A. "Pedigree Points: Folklore of the Southwest" The Blood-Horse January 15, 1944
  • Estes, J. A. "Pedigree Points: Peter McCue, Quarter Horse" The Blood-Horse July 11, 1942
  • Estes, J. A. "Pedigree Points: Peter McCue's Pop" The Blood-Horse January 30, 1943
  • Estes, J. A. "Pedigree Points: The Peter McCue Argument Ends" The Blood-Horse February 9, 1946
  • Estes, J. A. "Pedigree Points: The Peter McCue Scrap" The Blood-Horse November 6, 1948
  • Estes, J. A. "Pedigree Points: The Strange Case of Peter McCue" The Blood-Horse November 28, 1942
  • Groves, Lesli Krause " 'How Peter Won the Race' " Quarter Horse Journal March 1995
  • Groves, Lesli Krause "Happy Birthday, Peter McCue" Quarter Horse Journal February 1995
  • Reynolds, Franklin "His Blood is Everywhere" Western Livestock May 1949
  • "The Story of Peter McCue" The Quarter Horse September 1948

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