15.2 Hands - 1,250 lbs
The “look” of Hank’s Skipper W lineage of horses became known as the “Wiescamp Look”.
Skipper W was not the most head-turning, gasp-out-loud stallion upon first glance. He was chosen for the position of lead stallion by Hank due to the early death of his sire, Nick Shoemaker. At the time, Hank had three of Hank Shoemakers’ sons to choose from to carry on his name. Two were buckskins (“Nick W” and “Joker W”) which Hank did not want to put on his predominantly light colored mares. He also felt they were too lightly muscled. That left Skipper W who was a chestnut and Hank liked his muscled conformation, temperament and his dam’s pedigree.
Like most breeders making calculated guesses, with a lot of trial and error, Skipper W became most famous as a sire of both high producing sons and daughters, and in completely out-producing himself, one foal after another. Most stallions either cannot produce quality at all, or produce only good sons or daughters, but not both. Hank came to create one of the most enduring Quarter Horse bloodlines in history. Skipper W lived his entire life on Hank’s Colorado ranch, and he was never bred to outside mares, thus diluting what Hank set out to achieve. He was only shown a few times. Despite this, the name Skipper W remains one of the most easily recognized Quarter Horses in the world.
Many folks don’t realize that a large percentage of the top reining, cutting and halter horses in the world descend in part from Skipper W. That in itself speaks volumes for the enduring quality of this incredible line of horses. Bloodlines come, and bloodlines go in popularity, but few are still as pure, undiluted, and effective in improving other lines, as the horses by Hank Wiescamp.
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