|Maternal grandsire||Old Poco Bueno|
|Owner||Paul E. Waggoner|
|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. He was sired by King P-234 and out of the mare Miss Taylor who was by Old Poco Bueno. Poco Bueno was named for his maternal grandsire, and the name means pretty good in Spanish. Poco Bueno is the stallion that is linked to the genetic disease Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA) in stock horses.
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. 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 Livestock Show in Fort Worth, State Fair of Texas in Dallas and the American Royal in Kansas City.
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. He was the first Quarter Horse to be insured for $100,000.00. Poco Bueno sired 405 registered AQHA foals, 222 were performers. 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.
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. In 1990, Poco Bueno was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
|Billy by Big Jim|
|mare by Sykes' Rondo|
|Gardner mare by Traveler|
|mare by Traveler|
|Poco Bueno 1944 sorrel|
|Old Poco Bueno|
|mare by Hickory Bill|
- Simmons Legends p. 31-37
- Groves "Poco Bueno" Quarter Horse Journal April 1994 p. 18
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- Davis "Headin' an' Heelin'" Western Horseman February 1970 p. 17
- Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 96-98
- 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
- All Breed Pedigree page- select the quarter horse
- Information from the Waggoner ranch
- Poco Bueno on Foundation Horses.com accessed on July 10, 2007
- Poco Bueno at Quarter Horse Legends
- 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