Reference: Clark's Red Allen


exerpt from:
BUDíS STERLING BULLET; STILL IN THE OLIVER FAMILY
by Franne Bradon

The year was 1923. America had recovered from the Great War and had entered a decade of affluence. Automobiles had become common, womenís skirts were shorter, and a period of prosperity ensued.

In 1923, a Marshall County farmer named R.H. Clark purchased a two year old sorrel stallion prospect. The colt was sired by Major Allen, a son of the noted show mare Merry Legs, both  bred by Albert Dement of the Normandy community in Bedford County. The dam of the sorrel colt was a daughter of Denmark Allen, later know as Roan Allen, making the colt a linebred Allan colt.

Clark offered the young stallion at public stud. With few telephones and no magazines to run advertisements, he did as other stallion owners of the time. He had stud posters printed and posted them at places where the mare owners gathered. The young stallionís bloodlines spoke for themselves. Mares began coming to Red Allenís court.

Twelve years passed. In April of 1935, a group of gentlemen met at Lewisburg, Tennessee, near Clarkís home. Their intentions were to organize a registry to record the pedigrees of Tennesseeís native saddle horse that was so different from the Saddlers north in Kentucky. The gentlemen, however, decided not to use the already familiar term plantation horse, but to coin a term indicative of the unique movement of the horses that they were breeding. They named the infant registry the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association of America.

Two years later, in 1937, R.H. Clark registered his sorrel stallion with the TWHBAA.

Several of the horseís offspring already had been registered by this point. Clarkís Red Allen continued to be promoted by word of mouth and stud posters

The stout red stallion outlived his master. Upon Clarkís death in 1939, Clarkís daughter Sarah Clark Oliver inherited the old stallion. Her husband, Herman Oliver, was a farmer, breeder, and trader who supported his wife and sons through the products of the family farm. His philosophy being that everything was for sale, he insisted on showmanship at all times, that nothing would be presented to the public unless it was in the best of condition. Only one animal escaped Oliverís sales list. Sarah Clark Oliverís fatherís stallion died the property of Mrs. Herman Oliver.

Although Herman Oliver did not keep a son of Clarkís Red Allen to continue the legacy of those bloodlines within his breeding program, other people did. The majority of grand-get of old Clarkís Red Allen, though, can be attributed to a son who was bred and kept all his life by one of R.H. Clarkís sons.

Jesse Clark raised a dark red colt by his fatherís stallion out of a mare named Lizzie Allen, a daughter of Hunterís Allen F-10. Foaled in 1937, this colt was registered as Red Bud Allen. As a two year old, Red Bud Allen was broke to ride, and even made a few shows under the training of Zolly Derryberry.  Jesse had a special relationship with this very intelligent stallion, not only  riding him and using him in the stud, but also teaching him tricks. During his life, Red Bud Allen sired 145 registered foals. The vast majority were bred in the heyday of the young breed during the mid to late forties, after the death of Clarkís Red Allen.  During the final years of his life, he bred very few mares, as the times had turned to the padded show horse, black was the color in vogue, and the bloodlines of the padded horses were those in demand. In the last years, when the old stallion was in his late twenties, he sired only five foals. Three of those five were out of a bay mare named Merry Manís Star...



CLARK'S RED ALLEN
TWHBEA #370021

DOB:1/01/1921
DOD: Y
SEX: STALLION

COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: ONE SOCK, STAR, SNIP.
MAJOR ALLEN
TWHBEA #350059
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, STRIP.
MITCH
TWHBEA #5
COLOR: BLACK
ROAN ALLEN
TWHBEA #F-38
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
HEIGHT: 15.3H
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MATTIE H.
TWHBEA #11252
COLOR: BLACK
MERRY LEGS
TWHBEA# F-4
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, STRIP.
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ALLAN
TWHBEA #F-1
COLOR: BLACK
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NELL DEMENT
TWHBEA #3
COLOR: CHESTNUT
NELL K.
TWHBEA #993243
COLOR: BLACK
ROAN ALLEN
TWHBEA #F-38
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
HEIGHT: 15.3H
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ALLAN
TWHBEA #F-1
COLOR: BLACK
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GERTRUDE
TWHBEA #84
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, BALD, MIXED MANE AND TAIL.
HEIGHT: 15.2H
BY BULLET
TWHBEA #11361
COLOR: BLACK
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