Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association announced the inaugural top ten horses that were inducted into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame and recognized at the December 4th Annual Awards Banquet :
- Allan F-1
- Midnight Sun
- Merry Go Boy
- Black Angel
- Roan Allen F-38
- Strolling Jim
- Wilson’s Allen
- Midnight Mack K
- Allen’s Gold Zephyr (Trigger)
- Merry Boy
Allan F-1-TWH Hall of Fame 2015 Midnight Sun- TWH Hall of Fame 2015
Merry Go Boy- TWH Hall of Fame 2015 Black Angel- TWH Hall of Fame 2015
Roan Allen F-38- TWH Hall of Fame 2015 Strolling Jim-TWH Hall of Fame 2015
Wilson’s Allen-TWH Hall of Fame 2015 Midnight Mack K-TWH Hall of Fame 2015
Allen’s Gold Zephyr (Trigger)-TWH Hall of Fame 2015 Merry Boy-TWH Hall of Fame 2015
The Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame concept was developed by Dr. Bradley Woodruff and once approved, combined with the Master Breeders’ Award committee. The idea is to recognize the best of the best in terms of breeding production, show ring results and ambassadorship to the public promoting the best of the Tennessee Walking Horse. (Additionally, the horses inducted must be registered with TWHBEA.)
The horses chosen for the inaugural induction included all horses from the beginning years of our breed up to 1950 (foaling date) and each year more will be added to the Hall of Fame. Dr. Woodruff and the committee that established this award worked very hard to develop the program from an “idea” to this reality. Successive year’s awards will include the next generation but may induct horses from previous periods as well.
Note: Allen’s Gold Zephyr was Roy Roger’s horse, Trigger Jr. Trigger Jr. replaced the original Trigger when the “old man” became too infirm for filming the famous stunts, tricks, and dances. Trigger Jr., more highly trained in tricks, as well as dressage, took to the film industry with all four hooves. He was owned by Paul K. Fisher of Souderton, PA who was reputed to have the largest Tennessee Walking Horse breeding farm in the U.S. during the 1940s and 1950s.
All the horses mentioned above are famously recognized throughout the industry. Many more have had profound effects on the history of this breed as well, we know, and may be recognized in the future, as we continue the tradition, next year, of including the best of the best into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame.
We appreciate the hard work and thought put into this project by the committee and especially for the conception, Dr. Brad Woodruff. Family members, if available, of the horses – or representatives on their behalf – will accept a ribbon at the awards banquet and be featured in a photo article detailing the horses’ feats and features.
On December 3, 2016, the TWHBEA inducted 5 horses into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame. Those horses selected from the 1960s decade exemplified the best of the breed in production, performance, or ambassadorship. Those horses were…
- Pride of Midnight H.F.
- Ebony Masterpiece
- Sun’s Delight D.
- Merry Legs F-4
- Merry Walker
Pride of Midnight H.F-TWH Hall of Fame 2016 Ebony Masterpiece-TWH Hall of Fame 2016
Sun’s Delight D-TWH Hall of Fame 2016 Merry Legs F-4- TWH Hall of Fame 2016
Merry Walker-TWH Hall of Fame 2016
At the December Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Awards Banquet, TWHBEA inducted 7 horses into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame. 5 were chosen from the 1970s decade and 2 additional from previous periods.
- Prides Generator
- The Pusher C.G.
- Prides Gold Coin
- Delight of Pride
- Pride’s Royal Master
- Magic’s Fame D
- The Talk of the Town
Pride’s Generator-TWH Hall of Fame 2017 The Pusher C.G.- TWH Hall of Fame 2017
Pride’s Gold Coin-TWH Hall of Fame 2017 Delight of Pride- TWH Hall of Fame 2017
Pride’s Royal Master-TWH Hall of Fame 2017 The Talk Of The Town-TWH Hall of Fame 2017
On November 30, 2018, six horses from the decade of the 80s and from years before then were inducted by vote of the Master Breeders’ Hall of Fame committee, chaired by Walt Chism. Those six horses are:
- Coin’s Hard Cash
- Ebony’s Sun Lady
- Gen’s Armed and Dangerous
- Gen’s Major General
- Go Boy’s Shadow
- Triple Threat
On December 6, 2019, ten horses from all decades were inducted by vote of the Master Breeders’ Hall of Fame committee, chaired by Walt Chism. For the first time divisions were created to make sure mares were adequately represented: Hall of Fame Mares division and a Hall of Fame Stallions/Geldings Division. Five horses were selected for each category this year.
Those ten horses are:
- Delight’s Joanna
- Gen’s Silver Lining
- Lady Fame
- My Magic Dream
- Black Magic Woman
- Jose’ Jose’
- He’s Puttin’ On The Ritz
- Lined With Cash
- GLL’s Carbon Copy
- Gen’s Fire & Ice