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"We really didn't know what we had in Hollywood Gold," admitted J.J. Gibson, who spent almost as many years with the Four Sixes as George Humphreys.  "I guess we really didn't know how good he was until he was gone, which was 1964.  I always called him a palomino.  He wasn't tall, maybe 14.2 and weighed somewhat over 1,000 pounds.  His eyes are what I rememeber the most about him.  They were unbelievably big, pretty and soft.  Even mares who still trace to him today have those eyes."

"Hollywood was always good-natured.  His colts were the same way and easy to break.  He had tremendous stamina and good feet and legs.  He passed most of his positive qualities on to his offspring."

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Foaled in 1940, by Gold Rush out of Triangle Lady 17, Hollywood Gold was bred by the Tom L. Burnett Cattle Company, a part of the Burnett Ranches.  At 15 hands tall and weighing a little more than 1,000 pounds, the dun (often referred to as palomino) stallion was sent to George Humphreys at the Four Sixes at Guthrie.  Humphreys worked cattle with the stallion he referred to as the smartest horse he had ever ridden.  In addition to working cattle, Hollywood Gold sired 263 registered foals in 23 seasons.  The smart horse with the big, soft eyes was put down in 1964 due to failing, arthritic legs.

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Hollywood Gold

Hollywood Gold was born on the famed 6666 ranch in Iowa, Texas in the same year that the AQHA was formed, 1940.  The name listed on his registration certificate as his breeder is the Tom L. Burnett Cattle Company.  This young stallion was listed as a dun on his papers, but most folks who knew him, thought he was more palomino than dun.

Anne Burnett Tandy, a grand daughter of the owner of the vast Sixes empire, first picked Hollywood Gold as her personal horse as a yearling, and then decided to give him to the ranch manager, George Humphreys, when he became a two year old, with the understanding he would be kept a stallion.

Hollywood Gold was to spend his entire life on the 6666's, doing what all good stallions did in those days, breed mares and work cattle.

He wasn't a big horse, and fit the mold called "Steel Dusts" by the horsemen of his time.  The golden stallion stood about 14.2, and weighed slightly over 1000 pounds.  Probably the most distinguishing feature this horse passed to his progeny was his extremely soft and gentle eye, which impressed everyone who saw him, and passed to his foals.

Hollywood Gold had all the characteristics desired in a quarter horse stallion of his time, good feet, nice temperament, stamina, and was easy to look at.  Because of these traits, he was bred to quite a few mares, as attested by the fact that he has 263 registered offspring.  He is remembered mainly for some of his daughters who became cutting champions, many of whom were ridden to victory by the legendary Matlock Rose.

Since this fine stallion was never bred to outside mares, his blood is concentrated in Texas, in the area where he lived his life, however, his name is in many of the best cutting horses in the world today.  Three of the most famous, who are in the NCHA Hall of Fame are Hollywood Lin, the 1965 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse and Mare, Hollywood Boy and Hollywood Cat.  Others include Miss Hollywood, who, when bred to Easter King, produced Hollywood Jac 86, who himself turned out to be a great sire of reining horses.  Hollywood Ollie, Hollywood Snapper [Grand Champion Cutting Horse at the 1958 State Fair of Texas in Senior Cutting], and Mr Gold 95 [NCHA COA Bronze and Silver] all received NCHA Silver Awards.

Hollywood Gold was one of the ranch stallions for the 6666 Ranch.  He was an own son of Gold Rush (by Caliente) and Triangle Lady 17 (Triangle Ranch mare).  Hollywood Gold was one of the working ranch horses at the 6666 Ranch and was only shown in local ranch cuttings, roping, and ect.  "He was a Natural", said J.J. Gibson, it wasn't something he was taught because you can't teach it (cow sense), had a good nature, big pretty soft eyes, quick and smart (could out think any cow in a hurry) and passed these traits on to his get".  He sired some good sons, but his own daughters and grand-daughters went on to become cutting champions.

Gibson says, "None of us realized how great this horse was.  I don't suppose we even started noticing until we took a good look at how his offspring were working on the ranch.  They were all just like their daddy.  We really didn't know how good he was until he was gone".  Hollywood Gold and his progeny left a tremendous mark on the cutting industry.  Hollywood Gold's progeny include:   1 AQHA Champion, 9 Halter Point Earners, 69 Performance Point Earners, 45 Performance Registers of Merit, and 14 Superior Performance Awards.

Hollywood Gold was euthanized in 1964 after standing for twenty-three years at the 6666's.

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