Reference: Red Bud's Rascal

Red Bud's Rascal in 1992
Red Bud's Rascal in 1992. Courtesy of Franne Brandon.

Red Budís Rascal (1967-1997) represented only the third generation of the same bloodline in the Clark/Oliver families since 1923.

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

...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.

Foaled in the fifties, Merry Manís Star was not registered until 1965. In 1965, however, the breeders association changed its registration rules. All foals had to be registered during the year that they came, and any adult horses whose paperwork was not in order had to obtain registration certificates then, or be reduced to grade horse status. Leon Oliver, who had returned from Army service, made the choice to produce a foal by his uncleís horse out of Merry Manís Star. The bay mare went to the Delina area of Marshall County for a tryst with Red Bud Allen for three consecutive years.

The first product of the mating of Red Bud with Starr was a filly. The next two years, in 1966 and 1967, Oliver was more successful in obtaining the stud colts that he wanted, first in 1966, then in 1967, another colt arrived posthumously. He became Red Budís Rascal. When Oliver lost the older colt, it remained to Red Budís Rascal to carry forward the equine heritage of his sire and his grandsire.

Red Budís Rascal had been foaled the spring after the victory of the four year old stallion Shakerís Shocker in the Grand Championship Stake at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. An extremely popular winner with his petite blond owner and trainer in the irons, Shocker inspired a surge of popularity for the padded show Tennessee Walking Horse. Interest in the kegshod registered horses was at another all-time low. Red Budís Rascal arrived with the wrong gait genes, the wrong pedigree, and the wrong color to attract any interest from the vast majority of mare owners in the vicinity of his home barn.

Red Budís Rascal began the pattern of the life of an Oliver farm stallion. Strong boned, red, and naturally walking, he seemed unsuited for the times.

The first dozen years of Red Budís Rascalís life passed.  Leon became the familyís collector and preservationist. He tried to keep alive the bloodlines of every animal that he had owned, even a heifer given him by his uncle! In 1979, Leon felt that the ever-swinging pendulum in the Tennessee Walking Horse business was beginning to change its direction. Trail rides were becoming popular once more, shows were beginning to add classes for plantation horses, and interest in the pleasure aspect of the breed was on the upswing. Anticipating better days ahead, Oliver ordered a set of business cards advertising the specialties of his farm, and advertising Red Budís Rascal as an ďold bloodlineĒ stallion, a grandson of Clarkís Red Allen, born in 1921.

In 1984, the Pleasure Walking Horse Association of Tennessee was formed to promote the pleasure walker in the state of its origin. Leon joined the group and supported its magazine, PWHAT News, with his business card ad. Through this ad, many people whose interest was the natural walking horse from the older bloodlines that had not been bred to pace learned of Red Budís Rascal. Mares came to the stallionís court that had never visited before. The resulting Red Budís Rascal foals had good gaits, strong bones, and sweet dispositions to go along with good minds. Mares owners came back again. When the foals went under saddle, many owners were so pleased with their horses that they were never on the market. Like two of the early fillies by Bud, Lonesome Last One and Red Budís Lady, they would remain forever with the same owners.

During the eighties, a parallel trend to that of discovering old foundation bloodlines without the padded show strains was an emphasis on color. Perceiving a need for a stallion of color, Oliver searched until he found a handsome grey tracing its color line to Top Wilson. The second mating of the two resulted in a dark chestnut colt also blessed with the grey gene. Naming the colt Buds Sterling Bullet, Oliver groomed him as a future stallion prospect for Brown Shop Road Farms...Red Bud's Rascal

Red Budís Rascal died on July 13, 1997, two months past his 30th birthday. As promised, Oliver buried the faithful old stallion in a shady spot in front of the barn where he had spent all his life. A granite marker at the gravesite bears the simple epitaph ďRed Budís Rascal, 1967-1997, Pleasure Sire.Ē The following year, eleven foals gamboled in the sunshine in testament to a grand old stallion who gave his all until the very last day...


RED BUD'S RASCAL
TWHBEA #674900

DOB: 1/01/1967
DOD: Y
SEX: STALLION

COLOR: CHESTNUT
RED BUD ALLEN
TWHBEA #380338
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND STOCKING,   BLAZE.
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CLARK'S RED ALLEN
TWHBEA #370021
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: ONE SOCK, STAR, SNIP.
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MAJOR ALLEN
TWHBEA #350059
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, STRIP.
NELL K.
TWHBEA #993243
COLOR: BLACK
LIZZIE ALLEN
TWHBEA #380337
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND SOCK, STAR.
HUNTER'S ALLEN
TWHBEA # F-10
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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CLARK'S BIRD
TWHBEA #11447
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MERRY MAN'S STARR
TWHBEA #654050
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: NONE
WOMACK'S MERRY MAN
TWHBEA #421033
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND STOCKING, STRIP.
MERRY BOY
TWHBEA #350189
COLOR: BLACK
SABINO
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WILSON'S ROSE MARIE
TWHBEA #420484
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: STAR
SUNDAY SURPRISE
TWHBEA #471548
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: STAR, SNIP
BUD ALLEN
TWHBEA #350049
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: OFF FORE AND NEAR HIND   STOCKINGS, BALD.
LADY HILL W
TWHBEA #991966
COLOR: BAY

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