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Horses, Heroes & History - July 2012

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Toy Boy, a 1963 stallion out of Missoula Shy Tail, was also bred by Johnson. Sold to Carl G. Miller of Morton, Illinois, Toy Boy was the Champion Rope Race Horse at the 1968 National Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In June of 1962, Kandy Anderson sold Little Britches K. to Marshall Johnson and Clay Meyer of Wharton, Texas. The reported price of $12,500 was believed to be a world's record for an Appaloosa stallion sold at private treaty up to that time. Johnson and Meyer stood Little Britches K. for eight years at their facilities outside of Wharton. During this stage of his life, Little Britches gained steady fame as a broodmare sire. Bred to such early-day Texas show mares as Dominette, Quanah Linda, Go Lady Go and Nah-Wee Dot, the foundation Appaloosa sired such top producers as Little Bridget K., Quanah's Britches S., Bee Bee Britches and N Miss Britches D. In February of 1971, Little Britches K. changed hands for the third and final time. Sold to C. E. Nichols of Three Rivers, Texas, he died before the onset of the 1971 breeding season. Little Britches K.'s final foal crop— numbering eight—hit the ground later that spring. Bred the previous spring to such grand champion mares as Handprints Little Moka B. and Magic Minute, he sired such top sons and daughters as Moka Blue and Bel Starr. Little Britches K.—one of Kansas's first high-profile Appaloosas—did much to better the breed. Trained for the show ring and teamed with a variety of early-day trainers and exhibitors, he was a durable halter and performance champion. Retired to stud and successfully utilized as a sire in Kansas, Colorado and Texas, he made noteworthy contributions. In all respects, from the day he was born Little Britches K. was a champion and one of the true "builders of the breed." Sugar Britches, a 1963 stallion by Little Britches K and out of Sugar Dimple, was bred by Francis Johnson of Hutchinson, Kansas. Sold to the Thompson Brothers of Omaha, Illinois, he was shown by Terry Thompson to the High-Point Horse award at the 1967 World Performance Playoffs in Sweetwater, Texas. Horses, Heroes & History Volume I Page 57 Photo by Johnny Johnston KA Blister, a 1960 stallion by Little Britches K and out of Osage Bliss, was the winner of the 1963 Idaho-Oregon-Nevada (ION) 3-Year-Old Derby. The race was contested during the National Appaloosa Show in Boise, Idaho. Photo by Pierce Photo Studio

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