Reference: The Pusher C.G.

The Pusher C.G.

"Pusher" was aptly named. His ability to push with his backend is renowned.

Excerpt from
Walking from Wisconsin to Tennessee with Larry Pickhardt

(By Sarah Gee © Voice, March 2006 )


The Pusher CG in EnglandIn 1974, Larry bought THE horse. The horse that would not only change his life, but also change the entire Tennessee Walking Horse industry – The Pusher C.G. Larry, in partnership with Evan Sherburne, bought the Pusher as a gangly two-year-old from Charles Gavin of Dalton, Georgia. Gavin had brought the colt to the 1974 Celebration for the sole purpose of finding a buyer. One day as Gavin’s children were riding him around the warm-up ring, The Pusher caught Larry’s eye. 

Larry brought The Pusher back to Wisconsin and began working him himself. He recalls, “When I worked him as a three-year-old we were winning everything up there. I was winning stake classes up there with him as a three-year-old.”

Bryant Fly came to work for Larry in 1976. Bryant had experienced a great deal of success as an assistant trainer under Bob Cherry and when Bob closed his barn, he asked Larry to hire Bryant. Larry did and immediately put The Pusher under Bryant’s direction. Having Bryant take over training duties at his barn was quite the wake-up call for Larry. He states, “I basically found out I wasn’t a very good trainer. I’d gotten by up there because it wasn’t really that competitive. When Bryant came, that’s when we started to really compete in the south – first Indiana and Kentucky, and then Tennessee.”

Of The Pusher, Larry remarks, “He was a great horse to be around. He was like an actor. We’d get him ready to go to the show and take him to the warm-up. He’d just go through the motions. However, the minute you took him through the gate into the show ring, that head would come back in your lap and that son of a gun would be all business. He was fun to ride and fun to show.”

Larry and Bryant brought The Pusher to the Celebration in 1977. With Larry in the irons, he made the workout in the Amateur class but didn’t receive a ribbon. The next year they walked away with a reserve world grand championship and The Pusher gained a new owner. 

Discussing the sale, Larry relates, “Joe Dietz had been trying to by The Pusher for $35,000 that whole summer. I kept telling him that I wouldn’t sell him for less that $50,000. Well, we were showing in Kentucky two weeks before the Celebration and we won the amateur class. Joe tried to buy him. I told him no and that in two weeks I was going to show the horse at the Celebration. I told him that if he was standing at the gate when I came out of the ring, I would sell The Pusher to him for $50,000. I also told him that if he wasn’t there to buy him that night, the price was going to be $75,000. Joe and his daughter Sherri were at the gate the night we won the amateur reserve world championship.” The Pusher went on to great acclaim, eventually earning the 1981 World Grand Championship and becoming one of the most popular breeding stallions in the industry. 

Prior to selling the great horse, Larry bred five mares to him, two in 1977 and three in 1978. Neither of the 1977 colts made under saddle, but all three of 1978 models, The Pushover, Pusher’s Prime Time, and J.J.’s Alibi, earned Celebration ribbons at some point in their careers. In fact, Bryant Fly directed The Pushover to the Four-Year-Old Reserve World Grand Championship in 1983 for Larry. The Pushover was sold in 1986 and later followed in his sire’s hoof prints to capture the 1990 World Grand Championship. 

Larry is extremely proud of The Pusher’s legacy, stating, “The thing that I feel really good about is Pusher being a lit-up old skinny raw-boned thing when I bought him and going out and doing what he’s done. The Black Night Shade was the fourth generation of Pusher horses to win the big stake...not bad.”

 

THE PUSHER C.G.
TWHBEA #725575

BORN: 4/04/1972
DIED: 10-2-2001
sex: stallion

COLOR: BLACK SABINO
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS, LOWER LIP, BLAZE, MIXED TAIL.
DRUG DEALER
TWHBEA #644180

COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND STOCKING, STAR.
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SUN'S GUNSMOKE
TWHBEA # 540518
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: OFF HIND SOCK, NEAR FORE CORONET.
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MIDNIGHT SUN
TWHBEA #410751
COLOR: BLACK
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ELRODS PRINCES ALLEN
TWHBEA # 431575
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: FOUR SOCKS, STAR, SNIP, FLAX MANE AND MIXED TAIL.
KNIGHT LADY
TWHBEA #520761
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND FETLOCK, STAR.
ROAN ALLEN AGAIN
TWHBEA # 390158
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO (REG AS "ROAN")
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND AND OFF FORE SOCKS, BROKEN STRIP,   FLAX MANE AND TAIL.
GLORIOUS KNIGHT
TWHBEA # 350062
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND SOCK,   STAR, SNIP
GO BOYS BLUE GAL M.
TWHBEA #643113
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: UNKNOWN
GO BOY'S FLYING CLOUD
TWHBEA #610340
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND SOCKS, BLAZE.
MERRY GO BOY
TWHBEA #431336
COLOR: BLACK
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MISS MADISON
TWHBEA # 431697
COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND AND OFF FORE STOCKINGS, STRIP.
MEEKS BLUE GAL
TWHBEA #640149
COLOR: BLACK (SABINO OR ROAN?)
MARKIGNS: BOTH HIND SOCKS, OFF FORE FETLOCK, BLAZE, MIXED MANE AND TAIL.
GO BOY'S SPECIAL
TWHBEA # 540614
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: STRIP
CHESTER'S BLUE GAL
TWHBEA # 570860
COLOR: BLACK SABINO (REG AS "ROAN")
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND AND OFF FORE STOCKINGS, BLAZE.

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