Racking Horse Breeders Association of America




RHBAA World Championship

RHBAA World Championship

The Bounty Hunter
1973

Like a meteor, the Bounty Hunter’s career was bright but short lived. He became World Grand Champion September 29, 1973, and died of colic on June, 1 1974.
The Bounty Hunter was purchased in 1972 from
Ronnie Spears by John B. Hester, Jr. In March 1973, Ralton Baker told Athel Hargett to come to Hester Farms in Belgreen to see this special horse. Mr. Hargett agreed to purchase him if Ralton would train him. Ralton Baker trained and showed this popular gelding throughout the Southeast in 1973. Neal Hargett also showed” the horse with the big heart.” Floyd Baker rode him in juvenile classes. Each of his riders enjoyed the thrill of victory.

The bounty Hunter became World Grand Champion in one short season. He won over12 blue ribbons at the following top shows in 197s: the Spring Fun Show in Shelbyville, Tennessee; the Carrollton and Bowdon, Georgia shows; the Little Rock, Arkansas show; and the Tuscaloosa, Jasper, Florence, West Point, and Decatur, Alabama shows. The Bounty Hunter always gave his best.

Mother Nature prepared a hard test for the
championship contenders the night of the Racking Horse World Celebration. The mud and rain balance and speed dificult for all entrants, but The Bounty Hunter had a special test of endurance. Because he had shown primarily as a juvenile horse throughout the 1973 show season and because he had won a preliminary world championship on Friday night, The
Bounty Hunter was forced to qualify in the Juvenile World Championship on Saturday night with Floyd Baker in the irons. Immediately following this class, Floyd’s father Ralton Baker, returned on The Bounty Hunter to over an hour to win the World Grand Champions. Many said the he delivered the greatest show they had ever seen any horse make in any show
ring.

The Bounty Hunter is buried in front of the Ralton
Baker Stables in Union, Alabama. 

RHBAA World Championship

RHBAA World Championship

The Godfather 
1974

The Racking Horse is most noted for his smooth gaits. The Godfather exemplifies this easy way of going while being alert and stylish. He was a pleasure to train and a thrill to watch in competition.

Jimmy Wehunt acquired The Godfather on October,
12, 1972, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was shortly after The Godfather won the four-year old World Championship. He was ridden by Perry Walden for H.K. Halter, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

The Godfather was shown by Morris Denny and The
Godfather was hard to beat to say the least. He won ten Championship classes, but the 1973 World Grand
Championship was not to be his. He was third in the World Grand Championship. 

The 1974 show season was a constant source of delight  for owner and trainer Jimmy Wehunt. His record showed the true greatness of this mighty horse; eleven championship classes; nine blue ribbons. His wins included State Championship
honors in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. He also won the championship at the Spring Warm-Up. He won the Style Racking Open Shod at the World Celebration of the Breed; there were 17 entries in the championship class. On Wednesday before the Celebration started, The Godfather had a breathing
problem. He was only warmed up about five seconds before the Championship class. As he entered the track for the third and final workout, Jimmy barely touched the reins. It was all The Godfather doing what he wanted to do. He is a true champion
of the breed.

The Godfather is a very easy going mount that is a
pleasure to ride. He is currently standing at stud at Latham’s Stables in Arab Alabama.

RHBAA World Championship

RHBAA World Championship

Bentley’s Ace 
1975

Bentley’s Ace always attracted attention with his combination of a refined head and big front end. This shiny, dark bay exhibited the three distinct gaits of a Champion Racking Horse.

Bentley’s Ace was purchased in 1972 as a colt from George and Claude Edison of Arab, Alabama. As a $350 youngster, he was a flighty, mischievous colt. Harold Bentley said, “We knew there was something special about the way he carried himself and look out of those big brown eyes.”

Gary Beam, Harold Bentley’s son-in-law, took over the training of Bentley’s Ace. The first year was a frustrating one for the Beams and the Bentleys. Ace was shown at the 1972 World Celebration in the Two-year-old Division, but could only manage a seventh place.
The next year didn’t start off any better. Ace refused to respond to the training and lessons that were being taught to him. Gary and “Coach” Bentley spent many sleepless nights trying to come up with the key to unlock Ace’s ability. In August of 1973, the flashy, bay horse, destined to become the Grand Champion in two short years, registered his first impressive win as the Three-year-old Georgia State Champion. The Georgia State Racking Championship is where Gary finally found the handle to Ace.

From Georgia, Ace then was shown at Shelbyville, Tennessee, in the Men’s Racking Class where he tied second. To climax his Three-year-old show season, Ace was showed in perfect form at the Racking Horse World Celebration to be crowned the 1973 Three-year-old World Champion.
As a four-year-old, Ace got off to a slow start, but gained momentum all season. Ace was the Four-year-old Georgia Stat Champion. His outstanding form carried through to the climax of the year at the Racking Horse Celebration in Decatur, Alabama, where he won the Four-year-old Championship stake.
The 1975 show season was an outstanding one. Ace went on to claim blues at Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee, Alabama State Championship; Tennessee State Championship; Shelbyville Fun Show; and the National Celebration. Out of 30 classes entered in 1975, Ace claimed 26 blues, 2 reserves and 2 thirds. He continued his outstanding style and winning abilities at the Racking Horse World Celebration in Decatur, Alabama. Bentley’s Ace became the 1975 World Grand Champion Racking Horse.
In 1979, Bentley’s ace once again made history. He is the first Racking Horse to be held in syndication. He is being syndicated for $100,000; one hundred shares at $1,000 each. He is at Bentley Beam Stables, Arab, Alabama.

RHBAA World Championship

RHBAA World Championship

Sunset Jubilee
1976

Sunset Jubilee, the 1976 World Grand Champion Racking horse, was accustomed to being a champion. He had previously won three World Championships- 1972 World Champion Flat Shod Style Racking Horse, 1974 Juvenile World Championship, and 1975 15.2 World Championship. This was a feat no other horse had accomplished.

The Harley Taylors of Belgreen, Alabama, deserve much credit for Jubilee’s success. Harley Taylor purchased him from R.L. Williams of Florence, Alabama in 1971, when he was two years old. He began training and successfully showing the stylish bay stallion. In 1974, Frank Bergob of St. Joseph, Tennessee, bought Jubilee, and Harley turned the training and riding over to his son, Larry.

In 1976, Kenneth Helton of West point, Alabama, became the new owner, and he continued the Larry Taylor- Sunset Jubilee winning team on to the World Grand Championship in 1976. Larry Taylor was only 17 years old; he was the first juvenile to gain the ultimate goal.

Sunset Jubilee won over 150 blue ribbons during his career as an exciting show horse. He set a good example for head set and execution of the rack. He was able to maintain smoothness while turning on the speed. Larry Taylor’s ability to sit deep in the saddle with a relaxed style showed off his mount’s talents.

Jubilee is known as a “push-button control and an electraglide ride.” He is also very consistent, even in his “third gear”; there was never a break or a miss step. Sunset Jubilee was one of the most popular horses ever to win the coveted title of World Grand Champion.

His progeny will carry on his natural abilities for years to come. Sunset Jubilee is standing at stud at Taylor and Son’s Stables in Belgreen, Alabama.

RHBAA World Championship

RHBAA World Championship

Bentley’s Ace 
1977

The Racking Horse is most noted for his smooth gaits. The Godfather exemplifies this easy way of going while being alert and stylish. He was a pleasure to train and a thrill to watch in competition.

Jimmy Wehunt acquired The Godfather on October,
12, 1972, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This was shortly after The Godfather won the four-year old World Championship. He was ridden by Perry Walden for H.K. Halter, Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

The Godfather was shown by Morris Denny and The
Godfather was hard to beat to say the least. He won ten Championship classes, but the 1973 World Grand
Championship was not to be his. He was third in the World Grand Championship. 

The 1974 show season was a constant source of delight  for owner and trainer Jimmy Wehunt. His record showed the true greatness of this mighty horse; eleven championship classes; nine blue ribbons. His wins included State Championship
honors in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. He also won the championship at the Spring Warm-Up. He won the Style Racking Open Shod at the World Celebration of the Breed; there were 17 entries in the championship class. On Wednesday before the Celebration started, The Godfather had a breathing
problem. He was only warmed up about five seconds before the Championship class. As he entered the track for the third and final workout, Jimmy barely touched the reins. It was all The Godfather doing what he wanted to do. He is a true champion
of the breed.

The Godfather is a very easy going mount that is a
pleasure to ride. He is currently standing at stud at Latham’s Stables in Arab Alabama.

RHBAA World Championship

RHBAA World Championship

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The RHBAA operates in conjunction with a Horse Industry Organization (HIO) to inspect horses before shows and sales.
The two largest shows for the Racking Horse are the Spring Celebration, held annually in April, and the World Celebration, held in late September. Both are held at the Celebration Arena in Priceville, Alabama.

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Racking Horse Breeders Association of America
  • In 1971, Racking Horse enthusiasts formed their own group, the Racking Horse Breeders' Association of America (RHBAA), and their breed was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as separate from the Tennessee Walking Horse the same year.
The Racking Horse

The Racking Horse is a horse breed derived from the Tennessee Walking Horse, recognized by the USDA in 1971. It is known for a distinctive singlefoot gait.