Texas Dandy

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Texas Dandy
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Racing
Sire My Texas Dandy
Dam Streak
Maternal grandsire Lone Star by Gold Enamel (TB)
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1942
Country United States
Color Sorrel
Breeder R. C. Tatum
Owner B. E. Brooks
Will Northington
Finley Ranches
14 starts: 3-1-1
A speed rating
AQHA Race Register of Merit
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Texas Dandy (born 1942) was a Quarter Horse stallion who not only raced well, and sired outstanding broodmares, he was a movie star also.


Texas Dandy was a 1942 sorrel stallion registered as number 2112 with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA). His sire was My Texas Dandy #4900, and his dam was Streak #612. He was bred by R. C. Tatum of Junction, Texas and owned by W. A. Northington of Egypt, Texas when he was registered with the AQHA.[1] His sire was inbred to *Porte Drapeau, an imported Thoroughbred stallion. His dam was a daughter of one of the many unregistered Lone Stars, this one being the one sired by Gold Enamel, a Thoroughbred.[2]

Texas Dandy raced for three years, with fourteen starts to his credit. He won three times, came in second once, and third once. He received a Race Register of Merit in 1947 with an A speed rating. He earned a total of $61.00 in race earnings.[3]

Texas Dandy was an early ambassador for the Quarter Horse breed when he co-starred in Boy From Indiana a 1950 film.[4] The movie's story involved a farmboy from Indiana who started working for a Quarter Horse trainer in Arizona and ended up as the trainer's main jockey. The real problem in the movie was getting the finish filmed, as it called for the Quarter Horse, played by Texas Dandy, to beat a Thoroughbred race horse by a nose in a match race. It was to be filmed up close, by filming from a truck on the racetrack. However, Texas Dandy ran past the truck at least three times before he was finally tired enough to allow the Thoroughbred to come close to finishing with him.[5]

Besides starring in movies, Texas Dandy also was a noted sire. Many of his offspring earned Race Register of Merits with the AQHA, and he also sired three AQHA Champions – Little Egypt, Echols' Dandy, and Front Row.[6] His daughter Dandy Doll was the dam of Doc Bar.[4]

Texas Dandy was 28 years old when he died in 1970, and he was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1995.[7]


=Sundridge (TB)
=Sunstar (TB)
=Doris (TB)
*Porte Drapeau (TB)
=Ayrshire (TB)
=Bright Cherry (TB)
=Cerisette (TB)
My Texas Dandy
Sleepy Dick
Little Dick
Sadie M
*Porte Drapeau (TB)
mare by *Porte Drapeau (TB)
mare by Panmure (TB)
Texas Dandy
*Maddison (TB)
Gold Enamel (TB)
Enamel (TB)
Lone Star
Quarter mare
Tom Glover
mare by Cap
Duderstadt quarter mare


  1. ^ American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 1–5 p. 147
  2. ^ All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Texas Danday
  3. ^ Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest pp. 1189–1190
  4. ^ a b Wohlfarth "Keeping Tradition" p. 73
  5. ^ Chamberlain "Lights, Camera, Action" Quarter Horse Journal p. 10
  6. ^ Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 707
  7. ^ American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Texas Dandy". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 2, 2017. 


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Texas Dandy accessed on June 30, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on September 2, 2017
  • American Quarter Horse Association (1961). Official Stud Book and Registry Combined Books 1-2-3-4-5. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association. 
  • Chamberlain, Richard (May 1995). "Lights, Camera, Action". Quarter Horse Journal: 10. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1974). Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny (March 1995). "Keeping Tradition". Quarter Horse Journal: 68–74. 

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