My First Foaling Experience

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April 10, 1944 - March 3, 1969 - Brown
AQHA #0003044
14.3 Hands - 1,150 Lbs
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Stallion Show Record

Hall of Fame, '90 AQHA Inductee
AQHA Champion, '53
ROM Performance, '57
Halter Point Earner
Performance Point Earner
Total Points Earned: 45; Halter Points: 37; Performance Points: 8;

Stallion Offspring Record

Hall of Fame Offspring, AQHA and NCHA
NCHA World Champion
NCHA Top 10 World Show - 2nd, 4th and 5th Place
36 AQHA Champion Offspring
High Point Offspring - Halter, Cutting and Working Cow Horse
COA Silver and Bronze
Superior Halter Offspring
Superior Performance Offspring - Cutting, Western Pleasure and Reining
ROM Performance Offspring
NCHA Money-Earners
Halter Point Earners
Performance Point Earners
Total Points Earned: 7,297.5; Registered Foals: 405; Number Shown: 215; Point Earners: 190
Halter Points Earned: 3,546; Halter Point Earners: 165; Superior Halter Awards: 21
Performance Points Earned: 3,751.5; Performance Point Earners: 124
Performance ROMS: 87; Superior Performance Awards: 13

Leading Sire List - AQHA Performance List

#3 All-Time Leading Sire of Open AQHA Champions - 36
#8 All-Time Leading Broodmare Sire of AQHA Champions - 23
#26 All-Time Leading Sire of Performance ROM Qualifiers - 84

Other Information

Breeder: Jess Hankins, Arcadia, CA and Rocksprings, TX
Owner: Paul E. Waggoner, Vernon, TX

Foaled April 10, 1944.  He was purchased by E. Paul Waggoner in 1945 for $5,700 and he stood 14.3 hands and weighed 1,150 pounds.  His show career started when he was named champion yearling stallion at the Texas Cowboy Reunion Quarter Horse Show in Stamford.  He was grand champion stallion in the '40's at Denver's National Western Stock Show, the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth, State Fair of Texas in Dallas and the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City.

As a 4-year-old, in 1948, Poco Bueno started his performance career as a cutting horse, and his amazing ability helped him to quickly acquire an impressive record - and a legion of fans.  After AQHA started keeping show records in 1951, Waggoner sent Poco Bueno back out to earn the title of AQHA Champion, which he earned at the same time as his daughter, Poco Lena.

Perhaps one of the most successful matings of Poco Bueno was that with a plain headed mare named Sheilwin.   This produced the mares Poco Tivio and Poco Lena.   Poco Lena was described as having the head of a princess and the rump of a washer woman.   She was a legendary cutting horse and has been inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.   Poco Tivio also contributed to the breed by giving us the foals Peponita, Doc's Lynx, Doc's Hotrodder, and Doc's Prescription.   Poco Bueno sired 405 registered foals.  Thirty-six became AQHA Champions.  Poco Lena, Poco Mona, and Poco Stampede have all been inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame.

Put Poco Bueno in a cutting arena and he became a blur of lighting-fast speed.  He and his sire, King P-234, were destined to become one of the industry's most famous father/son teams.

He was the first quarter horse to be insured for $100,000.00.  Poco Bueno died November 28, 1969 and Mr. Waggoner left specific instructions in his will that Poco Bueno was to be buried in a standing position in a grave across from the ranch entrance on Highway 283.

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