Racking Horse Breeders Association of America




RHBAA World Championship

1972
Go Boy's Road Runner

Trainer: Morris Denny
Owner: W.P.Smith

Go Boy’s Road runner is a fine stallion that all Racking Horse enthusiasts can be proud to point out as the first World Champion Racking Horse. He accomplished this feat when he was only five years old. Even though the Racking Horse Breed and Road Runner were young, the show ring was not new to him.

Mr. W.P. Smith of Cullman, Alabama, had owned Road Runner two years before Morris Denny rode him to the World Grand Championship in 1972. Mr. W.D. Coplan had brought in the Road Runner as a foal from Eastern Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Smith bought him in 1970. Morris Denny and his father, John L. Denny, trained the big, strong bay. Morris and Road Runner had a winning, working relationship. In 1972 they won 32 shows and tied reserve in two others. Road Runner is noted for his fast rack. He was clocked” racking on down the road” at 38mph. Mr. Smith said, “ The longer he works, the better he gets, and this endurance is passed on to his off-spring.” His style is natural. He won the World Grand Championship shod in a wedge, one pad and a shoe.
Go Boy’s Road Runner was officially retired at the 1977 Spring Warm-Up Show. With his original rider Morris Denny up, Road Runner racked with style, speed, and beauty as though he felt the pride of being the first World Grand Champion Racking Horse. He was draped with a blanket of red roses on a white background as his owners led him from the ring. Although he retired from competition in 1977, the Road Runner continued a career as a breeding stud.
The Smiths and the Racking Horse people are proud to have him as part of their family. Mr. Smith offered food advice to all breeders, “Breed your best mares to improve our Racking Breed.”

In 1972, with the crowning of Go Boy's Roadrunner, and every year thereafter, the cry, "RACK ON!", has echoed through the State of Alabama at the Racking Horse Breeders' Association of America's (RHBAA) Annual world Grand Champion Celebration. The millennium year was no exception.

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RHBAA World Championship

1973
The Bounty Hunter

Trainer: Ralton Baker
Owner: Ralton Baker & Athel Hargett

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

1974
The Godfather

Trainer: Jimmie Wehunt
Owner: Jimmie Wehunt

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

1975
Bentley’s Ace

Trainer: Gary Beam
Owner: Bentley Beam Stables

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

1976
Sunset Jubilee

Trainer: Larry Taylor 
Owner: Kenneth Helton 

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

1977 
Eternal Flame

Trainer: Larry Thomas
Owner: Doug McCosh

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

1978
MC's Rambling Man

Trainer: Jeff Johnston
Owner: Johnston Stables

“Mr. Natural” was the name used by many for Mc’s
Rambling Man during his showing career. He is the only horse
to be distinguished as a Grand Champion for four years at the
Racking Horse World Celebration. Also, “Mac” was the first
horse from Tennessee to win the World Grand Championship.
Mc’s Rambling Man was purchased from David McFall of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, by Barbara and Fred Johnston for their son, Jeff. Even as a two year old, Mac was well developed. Jeff began showing him in the Juvenile Classes.
However, the strong black horse was showing so much potential that he started competing in the Two Year Old Classes. The young team racked right to the top of their division by winning the blue ribbon in the 1975 Two Year Old World Championship.

As a three year old, Mac’s excellent style filled the Johnston’s home in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee with blue ribbons. At the 1976 Racking Horse World Celebration, he wore the roses as the Three Year Old World Champion.

In 1977, Mc’s Rambling Man was to have an additional trainer, Greg Johnston. Jedd had entered college, so his training time was limited to the weekends. His younger brother, Greg, took over as Mac’s main trainer. Again Mac won almost every class he entered. He performed well at the Racking Horse World Celebration and won the four Year Old Stallion Championship and the Reserve Four Year Old World Championship.
The show season of 1978 offered Mc’s Rambling Man a
stage on which to perform. Showing across the Southeast in
1978, Mac won 26 blue ribbons. These included eight Grand
Championships and five State Championships. That solid
machine action that judges look for combined with high-headed,  swift style carried Jeff Johnston and Mc’s Rambling Man to a unanimous victory for the World Grand Champion Racking Horse.
This truly great champion had an extra quality which his owners hope will be passed on to his off-spring. His disposition is unusually good. He has been ridden by many
people who were thrilled by his smooth gaits and gentle nature. He is standing at stud at Johnston Stables in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee.

RHBAA World Championship

1979
The Great Gatsby 

Trainer: Keith Bradford 
Owner: Buck Island Stables 

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

1980

Ace's High Roller

Trainer: Larry Taylor
Owner: W.L.Cox

Aces High Roller, with Larry Taylor in the irons, dominated the 1980 show circuit. This great team was the first to be undefeated in a campaign for the World Grand Championship. This record setting achievement did not happen by luck.

Aces High Roller began his show career when he was owned by Mr. Elam of Lenoir City, Tennessee and trained by Bobby Young. W.L. Cox saw him in a horse show in Georgia and noticed the stallion’s talent. He went to a Tennessee show to confirm his first impression.

Mr. Cox has a talent of his own- he can really pick champion Racking Horses. He purchased Ace after the Tennessee show; as a three year old Aces High Roller was trained by Larry Latham and the Perry Walden. His trainers said the he had a good mouth and was easy to work with. Larry Latham said, “Even as a young horse he had a lot of ability, and I felt he was destined to become a champion.”

When Mr. and Mrs. Cox placed Aces High Roller in training at Harley Taylor and Son’s Stables, his destiny began to materialize. Larry Taylor rode Aces High Roller to the blue seven times as a four year old and defeated a tough class at the Racking Horse World Celebration to become the Four Year Old Racking Horse Champion in 1979.

In 1980, Ace made his bid for the roses. His unanimous win at the Decatur Spring Warm Up was prophetic. Showing in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama, Aces High Roller was never defeated. His ten wins included the Alabama and Georgia State Grand Championships. The final test came in September at the Racking Horse World Celebration.
After a beautiful week of sunshine, the sky darkened and a soft rain began to fall as the tension and excitement mounted for the Grand Championship class. The competition was strong, but Ace’s big front end and speed with style made him victorious. He proudly wore the roses as the 1980 World Grand Champion Racking Horse.
The trainer, Larry Taylor, was in the winner’s circle for the second time. In 1976, he rode Sunset Jubilee to win the Grand Championship. He is the first rider to achieve this honor. This experienced rider and trainer has great respect for Ace’s High Roller because “he is very gentle to ground handle, but he has all the spirit you could want when you get in the saddle.”

RHBAA World Championship

1981

The Bold Master

Trainer: Roger Lewis
Owner: Ed Smith

The Bold Master: He was big; He was bold; and he proved himself a master in the show ring during 1981.

He was bred to be a champion having been sired by Ebony Masterpiece out of Winston’s Black Lady.

Bold Master was purchased by Ed Smith, owner of Rolling Meadows Stables, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In 1979 from Dr. and Mrs. G.E. Leslie of Troy, Mo. and was brought home to Rolling Meadows Stables to begin his climb to victory. Trained by roger Lewis and Roy Gene Reed, he began his career as a two year old during 1979 show season. In 1980, some of his victories as a three year old contender were: Shelbyville, Georgia State; North Carolina State, and the three year old stallion class at the celebration. In the Three Year Old Championship Class, he met with a very determined and capable lady by the name of Sunset Silhouette and had to settle for reserve honors.

1981 saw a strong campaign begin for the four year old division championship. Roger Lewis and Bold Master entered the show ring seven times prior to the celebration taking home six blue ribbons and one reserve. At the celebration he easily rode into the winners circle in the four year old preliminary class. Then came the wait for the big night and the decision of which class to enter.

On Saturday night when the four year olds entered the ring minus Bold Master, most people knew that he had decided to go for the Big One, tension and excitement prevailed.
Bold Master entered the ring for the Grand Championship with stroking perfection and, if it was possible, he became better the longer he was worked. There was no doubt he belonged in the winner’s circle as the 1981 World Grand Champion.

The Bold Master stands at stud at Rolling Meadow’s Stables, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Only a four year old, he dared to test his ability against mature competitors – and became the 1981 World Grand Champion.

RHBAA World Championship

1982

Intruder's Night Hawk

Trainer: Jackie Barron 
Owner: Diana Floyd 

Intruders’ Night Hawk is the only second generation World Grand Champion in our breed today. This six year old off-spring of Intruder and Stately Night Hawk set standards for the racking industry, capturing the coveted World Grand Championship title at the largest celebration in history.

Intruders’ Night Hawk is owned by Diana Floyd of Apex, North Carolina. In 1981 Diana campaigned successfully in the amateur division claiming the World Champion Amateur title. At this time Mrs. Floyd decided to go for the World Grand Championship in 1982. She chose Jackie Barron for the job of training, grooming, preparing this proud stallion for the World Crown. This proved to be an excellent choice.

On the way to the top, Barron rode Intruders’ Night Hawk to the following titles: Razorback show championship; North Carolina State Championship; South Carolina State Championship, and numerous other wins.

With the World Grand Championship title comes retirement for Intruders’ Night Hawk, giving up a life of competition for a life of breeding new champions. He stands at stud at Arcadia Farms, Deatsville, Alabama.

RHBAA World Championship

1983

Broadway Joe C

Trainer: Jimmy Yeager 
Owner: Gordon Smith 

Broadway Joe C., an eight-year old 15.2 bay stallion owned by Gordon Smith of Holly Pond, Alabama, is the reigning Grand Champion Racking Horse of the World. His 1983 World title was the seventh of a long and successful career, In 1978 Broadway Joe C. won both the Three Year Old Stallion World Championship and the Three Year Old Grand Championship.
In 1980 he was the Ladies Amateur World Champion, and in 1982 he won three of the coveted Celebration blue ribbons: the 15.2 Amateur class, the 15.2 Stallion class, and the 15.2 Grand Champion.

Throughout his show ring career Broadway Joe C. was trained by Jimmy Yeager of Joppa, Alabama. Currently he is standing at stud at Smith Stables in Holly Pond, Alabama. He will be officially retired from the show ring on Saturday, September 29th.

RHBAA World Championship

1984

Bourbon Street Bum II

Trainer: Larry Taylor
Owner: Alice Mullins 

Bourbon Street Bum II was foaled April 22, 1978 (by EBONY MASTERPIECE, out of a BLACK CLOUD mare). W.L. Cox purchased him as a two-year-old from Larry Latham. He immediately put BUM with Larry Taylor; the man Cox felt could bring out the talent he felt the colt possessed. During 1980, as a two-year-old, BUM was undefeated, winning five blues and capturing the respect and admiration of “those in the know” in the industry. In 1981, as a three-year-old, BUM won seven blues. In his fourth year (1982) he was again undefeated, again wining seven blues.

It was in September of this year, about a month prior to the Celebration, that he was purchased by one of the most knowledgeable men in the industry, Haskel Mullins, who had important plans for the illustrious stallion. Naturally, he left BOURBON STREET BUM II with Taylor, the trainer who has “molded” this great champion. 1983 was his first season as an aged horse, the year in which it was hoped he would win the Celebration and become World Grand Champion.

BUM had a good season, winning five blues in Aged Stallion and Stake classes and came into the Celebration the “favorite” to win, but it was not to be. After winning his preliminary class, a day prior to the Championship, he suffered severe reaction to medication he was given for a minor virus infection. Rather than risk further harm to BUM, Haskel scratched him from the Championship.

Mr. Mullins, who had been ill for quite some time, passed away shortly after the Celebration and did not live to see his dream realized. Alice, his devoted wife, stepped right in and continued working toward the goal her husband had wanted.

During 1984 BOURBON STREE BUM II again had a successful season, winning six blues (and undefeated in Aged Stallion classes). September came, BUM won his qualifying class and on Saturday night, BUM and Larry Rose to the occasion, putting on one of the best performances of their entire career together and indeed were “WORLD GRAND CHAMPIONS.”

BOURBON STREET BUM II was one of the most illustrious “stars “ever produced in the industry and his many fans will miss seeing him grace the show ring. This will be missed most of all by his owner, Alice Mullins. However BUM has already sired some promising stock who are already proving their ability. He will spend the rest of his days at Lake Guntersville Breeding Farm, Guntersville, Alabama, siring more show ring champions… and the name BOURBON STREET BUMM II is one few will ever forget!

RHBAA World Championship

1985

Powerful Threat 

Trainer: Joe Spivey
Owner: PI Unlimited 

POWERFUL THREAT is a 16.1 eight-year-old black stallion sired by THREAT”S BLACK POWER and out of a DELIGHT’S COUNTRY GIRL. PT began his career as a Racking Horse in mid-1982 as a four-year-old campaigned by Larry Latham. At the 1982 Celebration, Latham led POWERFUL THREAT to the Halter Stallion World Championship. On Monday night, Larry rode him to third in the Style Class.

On Saturday night in the World Grand Championship, the tied Reserve and POWERFUL THREAT became the talk of the industry.

Mickey Groom recognized the potential of PQWERFUL THREAT and through her trainer, Jim Crew, initiated proceedings to purchase him; this was accomplished shortly after the Celebration. They began their quest for the 1983 Amateur World Championship in November of 1982 at the Southern Charity Championship where they scored their first wins. In 1983 Mickey and POWERFUL THREAT showed 24 times prior to the Celebration and were undefeated. In Ladies Amateur on Monday Night, they suffered their first (and only) defeat. In the Amateur Championship, POWERFUL THREAT put on a show termed by many horsemen as the most perfect and greatest performance they had ever seen by a racking horse. Needless to say, they won with a triple and despite urging by many, did not show back in the Grand Championship on Saturday Night. The fans of POWERFUL THREAT and Mickey were numerous… and faithful!

In 1984, Jim Crew readied POWERFUL THREAT for the World Grand Championship and they, too, enjoyed an undefeated season with their major wins being the Georgia Spring Spectacular and the Shelbyville Classic. Their Shelbyville performance was outstanding and the supporters of the astounding black stallion grew even more in number. Celebration came and many were anxious to see their champion win, but ii was not to be. PT sustained and injury that rendered him lame and after trying to qualify him on Friday night, in the Men’s class, it was decided not to even try to show him back on Saturday night. Two months later at the Fall Classic, Jim and POWERFUL THREAT were back in the winner’s circle in Style and Stake.

In 1985 plans were again for Crew to campaign POWERFUL THREAT for the World Grand but in late- March, Mickey Groom faced the hardest decision she would ever face… selling POWERFUL THREAT. Joe Spivey, who has been associated with the Walking Horse Industry virtually all his life had been watching the career of POWERFUL THREAT and recognized in him all the traits he felt necessary in the stallion he needed to head up a stallion station totally dedicated to breeding the quality racking show horses for the future. Therefore, Chuck Moore, a prominent businessman and Spivey, along with several others formed PT LIMITED and make Mickey the “offer she couldn’t refuse”! PT was moved to Spivey’s Majestic Stables in Morris, Alabama, all previous breeding commitments were honored and the responses to POWERFUL THREAT as a premier breeding stallion were phenomenal.
PT LIMITED decided POWERFUL THREAT deserved a chance to prove himself as a World Grand Champion and at the Georgia State Championship show in August, it was announced during a special exhibition by PT and Spivey that he would, indeed, contend for the World Grand. This announcement stunned many, brought tremendous cheers from PT’s supporters and put everyone in stitches for the duration of the time until Celebration.

Celebration came and ON Sunday afternoon in the Halter and Futurity classes, PWERFUL THREAT- get virtually swept most of the classes they entered. Thus, PT LIMITED realized their faith in the prepotency of POWERFUL THREAT was well put.
On Monday night in the Style Class, it was “Dad’s” Turn and Spivey rode the magnificent POWERFUL THREAT to the blue. They made their victory pass to a full house and it was only Monday. Attendance on Saturday Night was at a historic high number once again, in the Grand Championship, POWERFULTHREAT and Spivey rose to the occasion and attained the title that is sought by so many, yet attained by so few… the World Grand Championship!

During his show career, POWERFUL THREAT was one of the most popular and well-loved horses in the industry due to his immense talent, even disposition, conformation and most of all, heart! His prepotency is being proven by his progeny that are already gracing our show rings and through the, POWERFUL THREAT will be a force in this industry for many years to come!

RHBAA World Championship

1986

Oil Stock

Trainer: Jackie Barron
Owner: Tri-State Distributors

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RHBAA World Championship

1987

Oil Stock

Trainer: Kenny Ailshie
Owner: Tri-State Distributors

In 1987 Ailshie was contacted by Larry and Carolyn Peters, a couple who owned Oil Stock, the previous year's World Grand Champion Racking Horse. At the time, no horse had won the World Grand Championship and returned to win it again.

The Peters thought Oil Stock could do so and wanted Ailshie to take over his training from Jackie Barron, who had ridden him the previous year.

Ailshie entered Oil Stock in the Racking Horse World Celebration and won the 1987 World Grand Championship. With the Peters' support, Ailshie rented a new 21-acre facility with option to buy and expanded it to ultimately house 55 horses in two barns.

RHBAA World Championship

1988

Patent's Black Poison

Trainer: John Grainger
Owner: Henry & Diane Bell 

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RHBAA World Championship

1989

Sunset Pure Delight 

Trainer: Harley Taylor  
Owner: Willis & Mackie 

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RHBAA World Championship

1990

The Generator J 

Trainer: Jimmy Yeager 
Owner: Robert & Janice Dabbs 

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RHBAA World Championship

1991

Oil Stock's Delight 

Trainer: Kenny Ailshie
Owner: Clyde Creech family 

It’s a deep honor to have Oil Stock’s Delight chosen for two consecutive years to represent the Racking Horse industry as the greatest Racking Horse in the world. As a son of the only other two-time World Grand Champion, Oil Stock, Oil Stock’s Delight proves the strength of Champion lineage and has passed on to his get the royal World Grand Champion bloodlines. Oil Stock’s Delight stands at stud at Ailshie Stables in Greeneville, Tennessee, and had exhibited at shows throughout the industry for the past two years.

We extend our deep appreciation to everyone for your ongoing love and support for this World Grand Champion since he first began competing. He truly is your representative and, as such, we feel that you are a part of this great stallion, also.

1991 World Grand Champion Oil Stock’s Delight owned by the Clyde Creech Family of Middlesboro, KY, and the Ron Owens Family of Knoxville, TN. He was trained and ridden by Kenny Ailshie of Greeneville, TN. Oil Stock’s Delight was sired by the 1986 and 1987 World Grand Champion Oil Stock and out of a Sun’s Delight mare. He had a very illustrious career winning the 1989 3 year old World Grand Championship, 1990 4 year old World Grand Championship.

1992 World Grand Champion Oil Stock’s Delight owned by the Clyde Creech Family of Middlesboro, KY. He was trained and ridden by Kenny Ailshie of Greeneville, TN.

Oil Stock’s Delight was sired by the 1986 and 1987 World Grand Champion Oil Stock and out of a Sun’s Delight mare. He had a very illustrious career winning the 1989 3 year old World Grand Championship, 1990 4 year old World Grand Championship, and 1991 World Grand Championship. He joined his sire Oil Stock as the only horse to win the World Grand Championship Back to Back.

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1992

Oil Stock's Delight 

Trainer: Kenny Ailshie
Owner: Clyde Creech family 

It’s a deep honor to have Oil Stock’s Delight chosen for two consecutive years to represent the Racking Horse industry as the greatest Racking Horse in the world. As a son of the only other two-time World Grand Champion, Oil Stock, Oil Stock’s Delight proves the strength of Champion lineage and has passed on to his get the royal World Grand Champion bloodlines. Oil Stock’s Delight stands at stud at Ailshie Stables in Greeneville, Tennessee, and had exhibited at shows throughout the industry for the past two years.

We extend our deep appreciation to everyone for your ongoing love and support for this World Grand Champion since he first began competing. He truly is your representative and, as such, we feel that you are a part of this great stallion, also.


1992 World Grand Champion Oil Stock’s Delight owned by the Clyde Creech Family of Middlesboro, KY. He was trained and ridden by Kenny Ailshie of Greeneville, TN.

Oil Stock’s Delight was sired by the 1986 and 1987 World Grand Champion Oil Stock and out of a Sun’s Delight mare. He had a very illustrious career winning the 1989 3 year old World Grand Championship, 1990 4 year old World Grand Championship, and 1991 World Grand Championship. He joined his sire Oil Stock as the only horse to win the World Grand Championship Back to Back.

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1993

Professional Image

Trainer: Dale Watts 
Owner: Gene Stokley 

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1994

Choice's First Cut

Trainer: Robert Stivers 
Owner: Clyde & Grace Robertson 

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1995

Flashy Dazzle

Trainer: Jimmy Yeager 
Owner: Willard & Linda Townson 

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1996

Master's Easy Money 

Trainer: John Grainger
Owner: Maxis Strickland 

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1997

Guaranteed Perfect

Trainer: Rick Parish 
Owner: CVF Partners 

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1998

The FInalizerz

Trainer: Kenny Ailshie
Owner: Clyde Creech family 

This beautiful eight year old black stallion is ridden by Kenny Ailshie of Greeneville, Tennessee and is proudly owned by Clyde, Bonita, and Jason Creech of Middlesboro, Kentucky.
The Finalizer first came into the show ring in the summer of 1996 with an impressive show season. His show record soared in 1997 as he went on to win the title of 1997 Style World Champion.

The Finalizer continued winning in 1998 with many titled accomplishments on his way to being named The 1998 World Grand Champion. Since claiming the World Grand Championship he was named the Professional Trainers Association “Stake Horse of the Year” and Horse of the Year” honors most deserving.

The Finalizer was sired by the 1985 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion Pride’s Final Edition and out of a Pride of Midnight Mare. The Finalizer went on to become an amateur mount for Jason Creech winning the 2002 Amateur World Grand Championship.

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1999

Papa's Choice  

Trainer: Mark Taylor 
Owner: Robert & Vivian Watkins 

Papa’s Choice a chestnut stallion foaled March 7, 1993 in Hillsboro, Alabama Papa’s Choice was bred and raised in Hillsboro, Alabama; bred by me, Robert Watkins and raised by my mother, Vivian Watkins for the first two years. His sire was Choice’s First Cut; Dam is Classy Lady, First Cut by Jubilee’s Choice Cut by Sunset Jubilee. Classy Lady’s sire Threat.

Papa’s Choice began training with Harley Taylor and Sons Stables right after his sire Choice’s First Cut won the 1995 World Grand Championship and it was an omen when Mark Taylor laughed and said ”Well Doc, I guess that colt is worth a lot more money now.” We had a great laugh. Little did we know that we were getting ready to start a career that would take us to the 1999 World Grand Championship.

Horse Championships and continued to improve. As a 5-year-old, Papa did sustain an injury and was unable to show in the 1998 Grand Championship. In 1999, as you can see, he put it all together and was crowned World Grand Champion.

Shortly after that, in a training accident, Papa broke his right hind leg and underwent surgery, cast application and a long and tedious recovery period, thanks to the folks at Coosa Valley Equine Center in Prattville, Alabama. The surgery was successful and Papa has recovered, although this training injury has left him with a noticeable limp.

Papa is the fourth generation in the Sunset line to have won the World Grand Championship. We hope that now, he will be able to sire future champions.

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2000

Pursuing Perfection

Trainer: Larry Latham  
Owner: 
Muguerza & Harris

Pursing Perfection is a 6 year old black stallion owned by Les and Sandy Muguerza, of Tomball, Texas and Bill and Darlene Harris of Perry, Michigan. Pursuing Perfection is sired by multi-World Grand Champion Perfect Cut out of a Pride’s Generator. He was put under the direction and preparation of Larry Latham & Latham Stables in July of 1999. It was decided to show Pursuing Perfection in the 15.2 and under in 1999 to give him a year to mature.

In 1999 Pursuing Perfection was the 15.2 Stallion World Champion and Reserve 15.2 World Grand Champion. It was decided following the Celebration in 1999 for Larry Latham to campaign Pursuing Perfection for the 2000 World Grand Championship. In 2000 he and Larry began their quest toward the ultimate goal of being named the World Grand Champion. In March they began their quest with the Childhaven Charity Show in Decatur, AL where he was named the Style Racking Champion.

He then went on to be crowned Grand Champion at Baileyton, AL in June, Arab in July, and Parker’s Crossroads Grand Champion in August.

At the 2000 Celebration, Pursuing Perfection was the Style Racking Reserve World Champion. But on the last Saturday night in September the crowd could tell it was to be the night for Larry Latham and Pursuing Perfection as they were crowned the 2000 World Grand Champion Racking Horse.

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2001

The Pushoverture 

Trainer: Keith Ailshie 
Owner: Clyde Creech family 

This beautiful 7-year-old black stallion is proudly owned by Clyde, Bonita and Jason Creech of Middlesboro, Kentucky and is proudly trained by Keith Ailshie. The Pushoverture was purchased by the Creech family in the fall of 1998 when he was named the reserve 4 year old World Grand Champion. He began 1999 looking for the roses in the Amateur division, with Jason Creech in the irons. Throughout the year he would leave crowds breathless as he marched his way to the 1999 Amateur World Grand Championship and left people wondering where he would go in 2000. On their quest together he paved a solid road to the Celebration and on the last Saturday night Jason and the Pushoverture became the 2000 Amateur World Grand Champion.

Upon arriving home from the Celebration the Creech family proudly gave the reins to a deserving 24- year-old Keith Ailshie and their quest began for the 2001 World Grand Championship. After a hard winters work they began the show season with a terrific performance at the North Carolina State show, where the won their qualifying class and was second in the championship; which was to be the only blemish of this team’s record. Upon leaving this show people knew that they were a team to be reckoned with. They then marched to the Shelbyville Classic where they simply stole the show in the Style Class with a triple tie and went on to claim the Shelbyville Classic Championship with a triple tie in the Stake Class.

In late July they arrived in Conyers, Georgia on a mission to win the Georgia State Championship, which they did with style and grace.

With approximately 2 months left before the Celebration, Keith and The Pushoverture began fine-tuning their way to what was a dream come true for a young man. They arrived at the 2001 Celebration with stars in their eyes and butterflies in the belly, but nothing would stop this team. On September 29, 2001, Keith had his prayers answered as he and The Pushoverture entered the ring on Saturday night – a man and horse; and would leave the ring as the 2001 World Grand Champion, a team no obstacle could bring down.

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2002

Unreal

Trainer: Kenny Ailshie
Owner: Terry Dotson family

Unreal is a six-year-old black stallion owned by the Terry Dotson Family of Prestonsburg, Kentucky.

This horse has been a champion since he first stepped into the ring. After overcoming much adversity he started off his first show season winning the 2000 Amateur Three Year Old World Grand Championship and Reserve World Grand Championship titles. The next year Unreal was moved to Ailshie Stables where he won the 2001 Four Year Old World Grand Championship title. But these prestigious titles were not enough for this horse. The best was yet to come.

In 2022, Unreal started off the show season winning the Spring Celebration Grand Championship, the Kentucky State Grand Championship and the Shelbyville Classic Grand Championship. With three titles under his belt, there was one show left, the big one, World Celebration, which would wrap up the 2002 show season.

At the Celebration, Unreal claimed the titles of Style Champion and the ultimate title of 2002 World Grand Champion. There are few horses who can claim this title but those who do are true Champion Racking Horses.

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2003

Gold Plated SD 

Trainer: Casey Wright
Owner: Joan & Amanda Hart 

We first had the pleasure of watching Gold Plated S.D. when Ronnie Tabor brought him to the 2001 World Celebration. He was a three –year old at the time but had never been in the show ring. Ronnie arrived in Decatur too late to qualify him in the three-year old division so he qualified Gold Plated in the 15.2 Class. Immediately the judges recognized his ability and he was chosen 2001 Reserve 15.2 World Grand Champion on qualifying night and Reserve 15.2 World Grand Champion taking his second ride ever.

Amanda and I had been searching for over a year for the right horse to replace her juvenile horse Gen’s High Risk. We had heard the buzz about this talented 3-year old from Casey Wright and several other people throughout the week. We watched with interest in both classes he showed in.
After the final class, I asked Ronnie if he would bring the horse to the ring once again, and he agreed. From the time Amanda mounted and made her first trip around the ring I knew that this was the horse for her. They bonded immediately and my decision was made. Amanda and Gold Plated were a team campaigning for the 2002 Amateur Four-Year Old World Grand Championship.

Gold Plated S.D. had a new home in Reagan, TN at Wright Stables. The Wright boys brought him back to Alabama for the Alabama Jubilee. He won both the 3 & 4 Year Old Open and Amateur Division at the Jubilee.
Throughout the winter, I kept in touch with the Wright boys and they were excited about the horse’s progress. In essence, the 2002 Show Season was Gold Plated’s Two Year Old Season as far as show experience and he was thrown in with Four Year Old veterans.

The 2002 show season was a roller coaster ride for Gold Plated, Casey and Amanda. Fortunately, come September all the hard work and dedication paid off as he was crowned Four Year Old World Grand Champion with Casey and Reserve Four Year Old Amateur World Grand Champion with Amanda. In addition, the Trainers’ Association named him Four Year Old Horse of the year in both divisions.

The winter was long and the decision was tough as to which division Gold Plated world compete in for the 2003 season. The Pro-Am show was only a few days away and Casey still did not know where he was going with the horse. The decision was made for us when Amanda decided she could not attend the show.

After the outstanding performance at this show and a triple tie at Parker’s Crossroads, I knew I owed Casey and Gold Plated the opportunity to go for the gold. The Spring Celebration results told me that I had made the right decision.
On September 21st, Gold Plated won his qualifying class and was crowned the Aged Stallions World Grand Champion. On Saturday night, September 27th a dream came true for Amanda, Casey and I when #425 rang out throughout the arena and Gold Plated S.D. rode into the winner’s circle. Gold Plated was the first horse ever from Virginia to win a World Grand Championship and Amanda and I were the first female owners of a World Grand Champion Racking Horse.
We knew that our horse was the most naturally talented horse in the business, but we also knew that there were eight other excellent horses competing against us including a former World Grand Champion, The Finalizer.

I am proud to say that I am again a believer that a talented horse, hard work and dedication by the trainer, and honesty and integrity can result in a Racking Horse World Grand Champion.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ronnie Tabor, who sold us the horse. Jerry Self, the farrier, the two best trainers in the Racking Horse Industry, Casey and Michael Wright, and my daughter Amanda for unselfishly giving up her ride this year to give Gold Plated his chance to prove what a true Racking Horse can become.

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2004

Fashion's Pride 

Trainer: Mark Taylor 
Owner: Bill & Linda Cone 

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2005

Tragedy

Trainer: Barbara Agnich
Owner: Tommy & Sharon Vivian

The first female rider to win the World Grand Championship was Barbara Agnich riding the horse Tragedy in 2005. In a twist, Agnich competed against her boyfriend Rick Parish to win.

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2006

Score At Halftime

Trainer: Kenny Ailshie
Owner: Denny Russell 

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2007

The FInalizer

Trainer: Lamar Denny 
Owner: John L. Denny 

This beautiful eight year old black stallion is ridden by Kenny Ailshie of Greeneville, Tennessee and is proudly owned by Clyde, Bonita, and Jason Creech of Middlesboro, Kentucky.
The Finalizer first came into the show ring in the summer of 1996 with an impressive show season. His show record soared in 1997 as he went on to win the title of 1997 Style World Champion.

The Finalizer continued winning in 1998 & 2007 with many titled accomplishments on his way to being named The 2007World Grand Champion. Since claiming the World Grand Championship he was named the Professional Trainers Association “Stake Horse of the Year” and Horse of the Year” honors most deserving.

Sired by Pride’s Final Edition, with his impressive show career and his blood line, The Finalizer will go on to be one of the elite breeding stallions of the Racking Horse Industry. As a breeding stallion, The Finalizer will stand at Ailshie Stables in Greeneville, Tennessee.

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2008

Jose's Pushover

Trainer: Dwight Dunn
Owner: Robert & Tom Deaton 

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2009

It's Me Again 

Trainer: Rick Parish
Owner: Arvolle Brown 

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2010

Jose's Pushover 

Trainer: Jamie Lawrence
Owner: Denny Russell 

Jose's Pushover trained by Jamie Lawrence of Vinemont won the racking horse title of World Grand Champion early today at Morgan County Celebration Arena.

Lawrence also rode the horse during its winning performance shortly after the clock struck midnight. Denny Russell of Smithfield, N.C., owns Jose's Pushover. The horse also was the 2008 World Grand Champion with a different trainer and owner.

Jose's Pushover was considered a top contender coming into Saturday night's grand finale to the 39th Annual Racking Horse World Celebration. The horse had won the Style class six days earlier.

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2011

Score at Halftime 

Trainer: Jonathan Bellamy 
Owner: Howard & Theresa Bellamy 

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RHBAA World Championship

2012

Papa's Final Choice

Trainer: Larris Missildine 
Owner: Riley Fenn 

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2013

Pusher's Dollar

Trainer: Jason Creech
Owner: Clyde Creech family

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2014

High Sword

Trainer: Jamie Lawrence
Owner: Kimberley Coult 

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High Sword, ridden by trainer Jamie Lawrence of Vinemont, was World Grand Champion in 2014.

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2015

High Sword 

Trainer: Jamie Lawrence
Owner: Kimberley Coult

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High Sword, ridden by trainer Jamie Lawrence of Vinemont, was World Grand Champion in 2014 and 2015.

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2016

Tears

Trainer: Jamie Lawrence
Owner: 
Kimberley Coult 

Tears won the Championship title with trainer Jamie Lawrence for owners Kimberly and Perry Walden. The World Grand Champion was purchased prior to this year’s Racking World Championship show by The Roy Wester Family. 

Roy directed Tears to a World Championship title already in 2017 remaining under the direction of Jamie Lawrence.

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2017

Helter Skelter  

Trainer: Brandon Ailshie
Owner: Ailshie Stables.

Brandon Ailshie competes in his first professional Racking World Grand Championship at The Racking Celebration on his racking horse, Helter Skelter, in 2017. Brandon Ailsie wins the roses at his first professional Racking World Grand Championship at The Racking Celebration in 2017.

Action shot of WGC Racking Horse, Helter Skelter, and Brandon Ailshie. Photo by Nat Douglas, compliments of the WH Report. 

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2018

Sy Robertson 

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2019

High Sword 

Trainer: Jamie Lawrence
Owner: Kimberley Coult

Although Roy grew up breaking walking horses for his dad, his focus in the show ring has been Racking horses for some time. Many notable Racking champions have been owned by the Wester family, but in 2019 they definitely made history.

Jamie Lawrence rode High Sword to his third Racking Horse Breeders World Grand Championship. 

High Sword, ridden by trainer Jamie Lawrence of Vinemont, was World Grand Champion in 2014 and 2015, too, making him the only horse in racking horse history to win that title three times. Roy rode Cadillac by Jazz in the championship competition.

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2020

High Sword 

Trainer: Jamie Lawrence
Owner: Kimberley Coult 

Jamie Lawrence rode High Sword to his third Racking Horse Breeders World Grand Championship. 

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2021

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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.