Photo taken from
The Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
Go Boy, TWHBEA #431336, was considered to be the model of perfect
conformation for a walking horse. His high-headed good looks were second
only to his head-nodding way of going.
"The small horse stepped
and moved like a fairy in a moon-lit glen, barely seeming to touch the
ground, light, smooth, fast, and graceful without apparent effort. His
hock motion was like a hydraulic action, smooth and velvety in
operation. His way of going seemed to give one an illusion that he
could still be walking right down through the years. Those who had the
opportunity to see Merry Go Boy perform will not soon forget him." -
Dr. Bob Womack in his book, The Echo of Hoofbeats.
The Heritage Tennessee Walking Horses Website)
Merry Go Boy was sired by Merry Boy, out of Wiser's
Dimples. Winston Wiser paid his brother three hundred fifty
dollars for the colt when he was only a few weeks old in 1943.
As a weanling, he was the winner of the Weanling Horse Colt
Class at the 1943 Celebration during a morning show. Three
classes later, he was reserve to the weanling filly, Frances
Langford. This was the only time he was defeated in his class
during his lifetime. He wond both the Yearling Colt Class and
the Yearling Championship at the 1944 Celebration. He was the
winner of the Three Year Old Stallion and Gelding Class and
the Junior Stake in 1946.
On the following night, as a
junior, he entered the big stake and was beaten only by
Midnight Sun. The grand show stallion came back again in 1947
and won the World Grand Championship. He repeated his victory
again in 1948.
Merry Go Boy as a conformation model
for the Walking Horse Breed. The expression, "As fine as Go
Boy", indicates the high regard in which he was held for his
appearance as well as his ability to perform the gaits. One of
the first things noted about him was his extreme nodding
action. He had three distinct and perfect gaits and had many
times been cited for his top performance.
In the 1960
Breeders National Futurity, 24 out of 46 ribbons were awarded
to weanlings and yearlings sired by Merry Go Boy. Nothing
appears to be known about what happened to all these colts
when they were put under saddle though.
Merry Go Boy
died on July 7, 1969.
Merry Go Boy with Claude Jarman & the Wiser
Merry Go Boy and foals
Merry Go Boy as a weanling
Merry Go Boy at 3 years old.
MERRY GO BOY
NEAR HIND SOCK.
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, BALD, MIXED
MANE AND TAIL.
COLOR: BAY SABINO
MARKINGS: OFF HIND FETLOCK, STAR, SNIP.
|DANDY JIM II
MARKINGS: OFF HIND AND FORE FETLOCKS, STAR.