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Blondy's Dude

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Halter
Cutting
Reining</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Other awards</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">AQHA Performance Register of Merit, AQHA Champion</td></tr> <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 11, 2008.</td></tr>
Blondy's Dude
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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Small Town Dude

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>King P-234</td></tr>

Dam: Blondy Queen

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Blondy Plaudit</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1957
Country: United States
Color: Sorrel
Breeder: Homer S. Foutz
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Horse (Equus ferus caballus)


Blondy's Dude was an influential Quarter horse show horse and sire.

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Life

Blondy's Dude was a 1957 sorrel stallion sired by Small Town Dude and out of Blondy Queen.[1] His sire was a son of King P-234 and his dam was a descendant of Plaudit.[2]

He was an American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) Champion and a Performance Register of Merit earner.[1] Morgan Freeman bought him in 1961, after seeing him at a reining competition as well as at an informal cutting. The horse earned 45 Halter points as well as four cutting and eight reining points with the AQHA. Morgan's son Jerald said that Blondy's Dude was very much a people horse, that he liked to follow people around.[3]

Among his famous offspring were Mighty Blonde, Small Town Babe, Dude's Ann, Okie Star Dude, Hy Fashion Blond, and Dude's Baby Doll.[4] Among his famous grandget was Diamonds Sparkle.[5] His offspring earned twenty-five AQHA Championships, along with Superior Performance horse awards and many Performance Register of Merits.[1] Three of his foals earned year end High Point Awards with the AQHA, and one was a multiple times World Champion at the Youth World Show.[4] His offspring excelled in many different disciplines, having earned Superior Performance awards in Western Pleasure, Reining, Barrel Racing, Hunter Under Saddle, Trail, Roping, and Pole Bending.[4]

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[6] He died in 1981 and was buried in Morgan Freeman's front yard in the town of Skiatook, Oklahoma with a marker stating "God gives his best to those that leave the choice to him. Owned and Loved by Morgan Freeman."[7]

Pedigree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zantanon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeanette
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King P-234
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strait Horse
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jabalina
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Traveler
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Small Town Dude
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Zantanon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeanette
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Uncle's Pet
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Captain Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Benavides mare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blondy's Dude
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
King Plaudit (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Plaudit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colorado Queen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blondy Plaudit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lani Chief (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lani Act
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flaxy Act
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Blondy Queen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow Jacket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yellow Boy P-18
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bonnie Wilkens
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Johnnie Adair
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JA Ranch quarter mare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 66-67
  2. Blondy's Dude Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 26, 2007
  3. Thornton The Working Lines Volume II p. 85-91]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter horse Sires p. 15-16
  5. Close Legends 4 p. 56
  6. American Quarter Horse Association "AQHA Hall of Fame"
  7. Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal p. 14


References

  • Larry Thorton; Holmes, Robert L.; Mike Boardman; Diana Ciarloni; Jim Goodhue; Gold, Alan D.; Sally Harrison; Betsy Lynch; AJ Mangum (editors) (2002). Legends 4: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-49-X. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Thornton, Larry (1998). The Working Lines Volume II. Meridian, MS: Southern Publishing Company. ISBN 0-9640220-1-X. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1974). Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny (July 1996). "Last Rites". Quarter Horse Journal: 14. 

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