Poco Bueno

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Poco Bueno
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Halter
Cutting
Sire King P-234
Grandsire Zantanon
Dam Miss Taylor
Maternal grandsire Old Poco Bueno
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1944
Country United States
Color Brown
Breeder Jess Hankins
Owner Paul E. Waggoner
Other awards
AQHA Champion
Honors
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Last updated on: January 12, 2008.

Poco Bueno was a brown American Quarter Horse stallion foaled April 10, 1944.[1] He was sired by King P-234 and out of the mare Miss Taylor who was by Old Poco Bueno.[1] Poco Bueno was named for his maternal grandsire, and the name means pretty good in Spanish.[2] Poco Bueno is the stallion that is linked to the genetic disease Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA) in stock horses.

He was a solid brown horse with no white markings. When mature, he stood about 15 hands (60 inches, 152 cm) high and weighed about 1200 pounds.[2]

Poco Bueno earned his American Quarter Horse Association, or AQHA, Championship and dominated the Quarter Horse breed for decades. He was purchased by E. Paul Waggoner, of the Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, Texas in 1945 for $5,700.[1] His show career started when he was named champion yearling stallion at the Texas Cowboy Reunion Quarter Horse Show in Stamford, Texas. He was grand champion stallion in the 1940s at Denver's National Western Stock Show, the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth, State Fair of Texas in Dallas and the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City.[1]

As a 4-year-old, in 1948, Poco Bueno started his performance career as a cutting horse, trained and shown by Pine Johnson, who worked for E. Paul Waggoner at his 3D Stock Farm in Arlington, TX.[3] He was the first Quarter Horse to be insured for $100,000.00.[1][4] Poco Bueno sired 405 registered AQHA foals, 222 were performers.[1] His most successful crosses were on the daughters of Blackburn. Among his famous get were Poco Stampede, Poco Tivio, Poco Lena, Poco Mona, Poco Bob, Poco Dell, and Poco Pine.[5]

Poco Bueno died November 28, 1969. Mr. Waggoner left specific instructions in his will that Poco Bueno was to be buried in a standing position in a grave across from the ranch entrance on Texas Highway 283. The plot of ground was landscaped with trees and grass. A granite marker, weighing four tons, was engraved with his name, picture and the inscription Champion and Sire of Champions.[1][4] In 1990, Poco Bueno was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.[3]

Pedigree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Traveler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jenny
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zantanon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Billy by Big Jim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeanette
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Sykes' Rondo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King P-234
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow Jacket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strait Horse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gardner mare by Traveler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jabalina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Traveler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Traveler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Poco Bueno 1944 sorrel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Traveler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jenny
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old Poco Bueno
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Big Jim
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Virginia D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miss Taylor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peter McCue
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hickory Bill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lucretia M
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Hickory Bill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Simmons Legends p. 31-37
  2. ^ a b Groves "Poco Bueno" Quarter Horse Journal April 1994 p. 18
  3. ^ a b Poco Bueno at the AQHA Hall of Fame
  4. ^ a b Davis "Headin' an' Heelin'" Western Horseman February 1970 p. 17
  5. ^ Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 96-98

References[edit]

  • Poco Bueno at the AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on November 3, 2015
  • Davis, Ray "Headin' an' Heelin'" Western Horseman February 1970 p. 17
  • Groves, Lesli Krause "Poco Bueno" Quarter Horse Journal April 1994 p. 18
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires Tacoma, WA:Premier Pedigrees 1987
  • Simmons, Diance C. Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1993

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Am J Vet Res. 2005 Mar;66(3):437-42. Inheritance of hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia in Quarter Horses.
  • Vet Dermatol. 2004 Aug;15(4):207-17. Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia ("hyperelastosis cutis") in 50 horses
  • Lab Invest. 1988 Aug;59(2):253-62. An inherited connective tissue disease in the horse.
  • Kadash, Kathy "Poco Bueno: Preserving the Past for the Future" Western Horseman April 1993 p. 16-20