Reference: Ebony's Excalibur

Equine Obituary - Ebony's Excalibur 
by J. Hunter Finks (reprinted with permission)

Ebony's ExcaliburThe walking horse world lost a historic figure Wednesday. The last World Champion Ebony Masterpiece stallion, Ebony's Excalibur was laid to rest at Crestwood Acres in Eagleville. Excalibur was 28. He was sired by WGC Ebony Masterpiece and out of Shadow's Cottonwood. He was raised Dickie Pate and started his show career there. During his 3 year old year Gene Davis purchased Excalibur and placed him with Ray Gilmer. As a four year old Excalibur made walking horse history when S.W. Beech purchased him to stand alongside Ebony Masterpiece and campaign him for a World Grand Championship. That year Excalibur was Jr. Champion at the Southern Championship and Little Rock and was Res Jr. World Grand Champion.

Excalibur continued to excel as he entered aged competition. In 1985, he and Ray took home 6th in the World Grand Championship. 1986 would be a banner year in Excalibur's career, under the direction, of Ronal Young, Excalibur and Kristen Beech claimed the title of Amateur Stallion World Champion.

Following his show ring career, Excalibur stood stallion at the historic S.W. Beech Stables. Excalibur's sire Ebony Masterpiece and his maternal grandsires Go Boy's Shadow and Merry Go Boy had both been key members of the Beech stallion line up. Many of Excalibur's colts found success in the show ring including WGC X Mark's the Gold. Additionally, Excalibur's daughters are proving themselves in the breeding world. Excalibur can be found on the dam side of WGC Jazz's Master, WC Driving Miss Dumas and a host of other top show horses.

In 2003 John Fikes purchased Excalibur from Linda Hackel and stood him from Crestwood Acres under the special care of Hollis Kelly.

Excalibur was special to us all and will be greatly missed. Hollis and I would like to give a special thanks to the Vets that helped in caring for Excalibur in his golden years: Dr. James Brogley, Dr. John Bennett, Dr. Belinda Mendenhall, and Dr. Jennifer Byrd.
-J. Hunter Fikes



EBONY'S EXCALIBUR
TWHBEA #806705

DOB: 3/15/1980
DOD: 12/10/2008
SEX: STALLION

COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: NONE
EBONY MASTERPIECE
TWHBEA #560586
COLOR: BLACK
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SKIPPER SON MIDNIGHT
TWHBEA #463561 C
OLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: STAR
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MIDNIGHT SUN
TWHBEA #410751
COLOR: BLACK
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PRINCESS ALLEN
TWHBEA #360111 COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS,   BLAZE.
LADY LEE
TWHBEA #400680
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, STRIP.
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MERRY BOY
TWHBEA #350189
COLOR: BLACK
SABINO
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KATE TURRENTINE
TWHBEA #400679 COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: FOUR FETLOCKS, STAR.
SHADOW'S COTTONWOOD
TWHBEA #702472
COLOR: BLACK
GO BOY'S SHADOW
TWHBEA #540615
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: OFF HIND FETLOCK, STAR.
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MERRY GO BOY
TWHBEA #431336
COLOR: BLACK
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MERRY WALKER
TWHBEA #391238
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND SOCKS, STAR.
QUEEN OF COTTONWOOD
TWHBEA #600383
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: STAR
MERRY GO BOY
TWHBEA #431336
COLOR: BLACK
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MIDNIGHT'S ROMANCE H.
TWHBEA #510588
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: OFF HIND CORONET, STRIP.




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