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Bert (horse)

<tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Honors</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame</td></tr><tr style="font-size:80%; font-weight:lighter; text-align:center; color:#555;"><td colspan="2">Horse infobox last updated on: January 10, 2008.</td></tr>

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Tommy Clegg

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Sam Watkins</td></tr>

Dam: Lady Coolidge

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Beetch's Yellow Jacket</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1934
Country: United States
Color: Brown
Breeder: Bert Benear
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Bert was one of the most influential sires in the early years of the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA).[1]



Foaled on March 24, 1934[2] in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Bert was registered as number 227 with the AQHA.[3] His registration entry gives his breeder as Bert Benear of Tulsa, Oklahoma and his color as brown.[3] His sire, Tommy Clegg was a descendant of Peter McCue while his dam was descended from both Yellow Jacket and Yellow Wolf.[4] Lady Coolidge was a dun mare foaled in 1928, bred by Mike Beetch of Lawton, Oklahoma. Her dam, Mayflower, was a match racing mare with a time of eleven seconds for the 220 yards. Bert's sire Tommy Clegg was used on the Benear ranch as a cowhorse before he was sold to Howard Martin.[2]

Bert was bought as a colt by Bob Weimer of Council Hill, Oklahoma who named his new purchase after the colt's breeder. Bert was broke as a three-year-old, but before he could start on a riding career, he injured himself in barbed wire, almost cutting his right front foot off. After a recovery lasting months, Bert was sound, but his owner did not feel that it was safe to work him hard, as the colt had been purchased mainly as a breeding stallion prospect. In his prime, he stood 14.3 hands high and weighed close to 1150 pounds. Weimer claimed that he could "turn him out in the morning with the mares and drive out in the pasture in the evening with the pick-up and he will come to me as quick as I call him."[2]

He sired racehorses, roping horses, and all around ranch horses. He was the sire of eleven race starters, all of whom earned an AQHA Race Register of Merit.[5] His foal who earned the most money on the racetrack was V's Bert, who earned $2777 from forty-eight starts with five wins, twelve seconds and five thirds in six years of racing.[5] He sired four AQHA Champions, as well as Superior Halter horses and Superior Performance horses.[6] His daughter Jeanne's Patsy was the 1955 AQHA High Point Roping horse.[7] His granddaughter Baby Doll Combs was a noted rodeo bull dogging mare.[1] Bert died in May 1956.[1]

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[8]


Peter McCue
Hickory Bill
Lucretia M
Sam Watkins
Duke of the Highlands (TB)
Hattie W
Katie Wawekus (TB)
Tommy Clegg
Little Rondo
Red Bird
Shely mare
John Crowder
Julia Crowder
Shely mare
Old Joe Bailey
Yellow Wolf
Old Mary
Beetch's Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jacket
mare by Yellow Jacket
Lady Coolidge
Nail Driver


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Simmons Legends p. 115-116
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nye Outstanding Modern Quarter Horse Sires p. 144-148
  3. 3.0 3.1 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Official Stud Book p. 86
  4. All Breed Pedigree Pedigree of Bert retrieved on June 23, 2007
  5. 5.0 5.1 Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 95-96
  6. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 12-13
  7. Nye The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse p. 77
  8. American Quarter Horse Association "AQHA Hall of Fame"


  • American Quarter Horse Association (1961). Official Stud Book and Registry Combined Books 1-2-3-4-5. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association. 
  • Nye, Nelson C. (1964). The Complete Book of the Quarter Horse: A Breeder's Guide and Turfman's Reference. New York: A. S. Barnes and Co.. 
  • Nye, Nelson C. (1948). Outstanding Modern Quarter Horse Sires. New York: William Morrow & Company. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Close, Pat; Simmons, Diane (editors) (1993). Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-26-0. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 

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