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Greatest Thoroughbred Hunters and/or Eq Horses of All Time?

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  • Greatest Thoroughbred Hunters and/or Eq Horses of All Time?

    Hi everyone,

    Since everyone here seems to possess a wealth of knowledge, I'd like some feedback for a project that I am beginning. I was wondering what horses each of you would consider among the best Thoroughbred show hunters of all time. When I was a kid, way back in the 80s, most of the hunters were TBs, as were many eq horses (and many served double-duty as both hunters and eq horses). Obviously the popularity of the TB declined after that, but is beginning to make a comeback.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    In loving memory of Chutney (1977 - 2008)

  • #2
    Fernwalk is a lovely Junior Hunter/Equitation horse owned by Don Stewart.


    • #3
      Wasn't Stocking Stuffer a thoroughbred?


      • #4
        And Super Flash too?


        • #5
          Nsync, owned by the Jaynes was off track, even. I know I butchered his name, but you know which one I am talking about. Charlie rode him in the jr hunters.
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          • #6
            Bonne Nuit, Clavier, Cormac....Denny Emerson is a wealth of knowledge where TB breeding is concerned... Royal Core, Cor Buff, Buffoonery, Bold Ruler, Castle Magic, oh boy I hate being old...memory failing me...
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jumphigh83 View Post
              Bonne Nuit, Clavier, Cormac....Denny Emerson is a wealth of knowledge where TB breeding is concerned... Royal Core, Cor Buff, Buffoonery, Bold Ruler, Castle Magic, oh boy I hate being old...memory failing me...
              These are all eventing/showjumping lines-- almost none were known for getting hunters. Maybe possibly Castle Magic. Denny is a wealth of knowledge about breeding for eventing but I wouldn't ask him to breed me a hunter.
              Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
              you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


              • #8
                check out the new TB hunter exhibit in Lexington - is it at the Museum or USHJA headquarters. . . cant remember, but there's lots of stuff out there on that
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                • #9
                  USHJA! There is a great Facebook group for them had has lots of wonderful photos, and sometimes even the pedigree of said thoroughbred!



                  • #10
                    Cap and Gown
                    I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dewey View Post
                      Cap and Gown
                      Oh, my, YES!!!

                      Quiet Flight was another fave of mine.
                      "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                      • #12
                        Navy Commander. Gozzi. Mink n' Pearls. Automation. Castle Walk. Circuit Breaker. Cold Climate. Curtain Call. Dillon. Early Light. Ever So. Harvard Square. Henry The Hawk. Isle of Erin. Just My Bill. Let's Dance. Li-Ke. Lonesome Way. Moving Spirit. Murmansk. New Edition. Not Always. Old Salt. Once a King. Quiet Flight. Riot Free. Rivit. Royal Reveller. San Felipe. Spindle Top Showdown. Sign The Card. Super Flash. Touch The Sun. Virginia Clay.

                        Murmansk and Rivit both won the Maclay.

                        Cap and Gown and Stocking Stuffer had already been mentioned.

                        I went through Dr. Birdsall's book on Hunter Bloodlines; and if I recognized the name, I listed it. Book was published in 1981, so all these are OLD. There is a Show Hunter Hall of Fame and most of their early horses were TB.
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                        • #13
                          Oh, Sign The Card was gorgeous. I know Spindletop Showdown won a ton of Conf. Hunter classes but I never liked him much, he looked too QH-y for me (at least the one time I saw him IRL at MSG).
                          "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                          • #14
                            There's my horse Just kidding, Cap and Gown is gorgeous! And Rox Dene was half thoroughbred.


                            • #15
                              Embassy Row was a nice tb mostly did the hunters but could go in the eq if needed


                              • #16
                                Clavier, noted for throwing wonky legs, was a GREAT hunter sire.
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                                • #17
                                  Oklahoma Land Rush was purchased off the back of slaughter truck by Trudy Glefke (I think?).

                                  One of my favorite horsemen, Carleton Brooks, was tremendously successful with Thoroughbreds: Corporate Profit, Play With Fire, Calvin (loved this horse), Vested, Trinity, etc.

                                  What was Karen Healey's Gulliver? Anyone know?


                                  • #18
                                    Epic has had a good amount of success in the children's and junior hunters. Here he is with Hayley Barnhill



                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thanks to all for the fabulous suggestions! Please keep them coming. I am working with the folks from the USHJA museum - they are wonderful.

                                      The tough part is finding the registered names of some of these TBs, as most showed under different names.
                                      In loving memory of Chutney (1977 - 2008)


                                      • #20
                                        Wasn't Ruxton a tb?