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Merry Boy

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Merry Boy



 

As taken from the book-Echo of Hoofbeats by Dr. Bob Womack

 

     Merry Boy, like Wilson’s Allen, was a son of Roan Allen F-38.  In addition to this great paternal boost he was foaled from one of the most influential mares ever developed by the breed, Merry Legs.  Since Merry Legs was by Allan F-1, as was Birdie Messick, the dam of Wilson’s Allen, the two stallions were three-quarters brothers

     Merry Boy was, of course, out of the famous Merry Legs, and she was out of a mare named Nell Dement…Nell’s daughter, Merry Legs, gave birth to three colts sired by Roan Allen F-38; Merry Boy was the third colt from that cross.  The black roan stallion was foaled at Wartrace in 1925, and remained the property of his breeder, Albert Dement, until approximately 1935.  Merry Boy was another product of Dement’s experimental breeding program, and if the program had produced no other animal its existence would have been more than fulfilled in this great sire…His offspring became noted for their airy way of moving, their flashy colors, and high spirits.  In 1944, at the age of nineteen, Merry Boy was sold to Mrs. William McBride Yandell of Vance, Mississippi, who kept him until 1949, at which time he was sold to George Williams of Jackson, Tennessee.  Merry Boy died in 1958 at the age of thirty-three…

     Although the blue ribbon seemed to elude the get of Merry Boy, it was quite evident by the mid-forties that the son of Merry Legs was a force to be reckoned with…The greatest show horse Merry Boy sired was, of course, Merry Go Boy…From that time on Merry Go Boy with his black color and his fineness, plus his great show ring record, picked up the Merry Boy torch and relegated his sire to a second-rate position even in his own family. 

     If Merry Go Boy was Merry Boy’s greatest, he certainly was not the last good show-horse sired by the old horse…While the winning record of Merry Boy offspring at the Celebration is not as impressive as that of Wilson’s Allen and Midnight Sun, it is, nevertheless, outstanding when compared to the average sire.  Even though the record of Merry Go Boy alone would have established Merry Boy as one of the breed’s most influential sires, certainly there are others that have contributed to his reputation.  Among the old horse’s most impressive show ring performers are the following: 

     Merry Go Boy

     Old Glory

     Merry Gypsy Rose

     Merry Belle

     Wilson’s Merry Boy

     Katie Mearle

     Black Angel

     …Merry Boy’s greatest influence on the Walking Horse was as a sire of breeding stock.  He produced many outstanding stallions that eventually distributed his blood throughout the breed.  By far the most influential of these was Merry Go Boy, who sired three World Champions:  Go Boy’s Shadow, Go Boy’s Royal Heir, and Go Boy’s Sundust.  Besides these three champions, Merry Go Boy produced countless numbers of other outstanding animals.  The following are among the other notable sires produced by Merry Boy:

     Ed Nowlin F-8

     Old Glory

     Yandell’s Merry Boy

     Merry Boy’s Knockout

     Diamond Allen

     Alex Allen

     Ace of Spades

     Merry Boy’s Chance

     Little Merry Boy

     Merry Boy’s Pride

     Barker’s Merry Boy

     Merry Boy’s F-88

     Sunshine Merry Boy

    *Merry Maker

    *Reynold’s Pride

    *White Merry Boy Jr.

     Byrom’s Allen

    *Lee White Allen

     Neely’s Merry Boy

    *Merry Boy’s Fancy

     Blue Namron

     Admiral Gleaves

     Swamp Man

     …*Five of the foregoing stallions were from the same mare.  These five stallions, Merry Maker, Reynold’s Pride, White Merry Boy Jr., Lee White Allen, and Merry Boy’s Fancy are from the famous Pearle, a full sister to Hall Allen and Sam Allen.

     As a producer of outstanding broodmares, Merry Boy is probably unexcelled in the history of the breed.  The identity of only a few famous broodmares should serve to establish Merry Boy’s eminence in this most important area of Walking Horse production:

(1.)    Merry Rose, dam of three times World Grand Champion Talk of the Town.

(2.)    Crain’s Merry Lady, dam of World Grand Champion White Star.

(3.)    Merry Sue, dam of World Grand Champion Sun’s Jet Parade.

(4.)    Merry Walker, dam of two World Grand Champions, Go Boy’s Shadow and Rodger’s Perfection.

(5.)    Lady Lee, dam of World Grand Champion, Ebony Masterpiece.

(6.)    Panola, dam of Midnight Mack K., two times the Reserve World Grand Champion and sire of two World Grand Champions.

(7.)    Merry Bird, dam of Midnight Merry Bird, winner of four open classes and one divisional stake at the Celebration in 1942.

(8.)    Nell Allen, dam of Lovely Night, winner of Three Year-Old Mare class at the Celebration in 1942.

(9.)    Tsini La, dam of Go Boy’s Ace, winner of Junior Championship Stake in 1951.

(10.)Merry Queen, dam of Midnight Mist, winner of Amateur Stake in 1952; Gleam of Sun, winner of Two-Year-Old Futurity, Three-Year-Old Mare class, and Aged Mare class at Celebration; and Mr. Masterful, and outstanding show horse of the 60’s.

(11.)          Merry Sue, dam of Merry Boy’s Skipper, winner of Two-Year-Old Championship at 1947 Celebration.

(12.)          Strolling Merry Bird, dam of Sun’s Celebration, winner of ten Celebration Ribbons.

     …It is highly probable that the cross between Merry Boy mares and Midnight Sun produced more outstanding performers, not only in the Walking Horse breed, but all other breeds as well, than any other cross in America’s history.

 

Merry Boy




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