Garrett's Miss Pawhuska
|Garrett's Miss Pawhuska|
– Garrett's Miss Pawhuska at 15 years old –
<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Joe Reed II</td></tr>
<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Jimmie Allred</td></tr>
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Garrett's Miss Pawhuska (1946–1975) was a Quarter Horse horse broodmare who produced eight quarter horse foals, three of which would become world champion race horses. When she was a yearling, she was sold by her owner, although he had not really planned on selling her. He felt he had to because one of his employees had told a customer the filly was for sale.
Her official race record lists her with six wins in six starts, but it is incomplete and is missing some earnings as well as some races. After racing for two years, she retired to become a broodmare and died in 1975 at age 29. Her son Vandy's Flash was the first gelding to be named a World Champion Quarter Running Horse. She was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.
She was a 1946 sorrel mare sired by Leo and out of Jenny Dee, a daughter of Jimmie Allred. Her dam (mother) was out of an mare named Big Bay, who was of unknown breeding. Jimmie Allred was sired by Dan whose father was Old Joe Bailey. Jimmie Allred's dam was Alice McGill who was sired by Little Hickory Bill, a son of Hickory Bill who was sired by Peter McCue Miss Pawhuska was bred by Bill Rowe of Carlsbad, New Mexico, but by the time she was a yearling she was owned by Earl Jackson, of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It isn't clear if Jackson bought Miss Pawhuska as a foal or if he bought Miss Pawhuska's dam while she was still carrying Miss Pawhuska.
When she was a yearling, Dee Garrett visited Jackson's ranch and one of Jackson's ranch hands told him the filly was for sale for $200 ($ in current dollars). Although Jackson had not planned to sell the filly, he felt obligated to complete the sale because his employee had put a price on her.
Although Garrett's widow later described Miss Pawhuska as "scrawny—she looked like a jackrabbit then", Garrett trained her for the track and she raced as a two-year-old and three-year-old. Her first race was the Oklahoma Futurity in 1948, where she won her qualifying heat and won the finals by a nose. The finals' start was delayed, but even after the delay, Miss Pawhuska won, beating Savannah G, Lapped, and Red River Pride. Her time for the 220 yards (200 m) race was 12.7 seconds.
Although her official record with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) is six starts and six wins, the early records are not all entered into the AQHA's computers and the official charts published in the 1940s show she lost a match race to Gin High. However, the published race chart for the race noted that she was leading the race until she ran over a stake 50 yards (46 m) before the end of the race, which caused her to lose the race. She earned a Race ROM and $250.00 ($ in current dollars) in her official records. The official earnings only reflect one race, a match race in 1949, but they don't list the other purses she earned, including the $1,000 ($ in current dollars) purse for the 1948 Oklahoma Futurity. She also is claimed to have won a match race worth $2,500 ($ in current dollars), although this was an unofficial race.
Her jockey at the time, C. W. Cascio, said of her when he raced her at Del Rio, Texas, "I thought she was going to have to go all out just to keep up with those big two-year-olds—what with her little enough to run under their bellies." Her last race was at Enid, Oklahoma, and it was a match race against Bob K K, which she won.
Her owner, Dee Garrett, bred her to his champion stallion Vandy, and produced three world champions: Vandy's Flash, Vanetta Dee, and Vannevar. Vansarita Too set a new track record and Vandy's Betty and Miss Vanity earned AAA speed ratings. Her first foal was Vandy's Betty, who went on to earn an AAA rating on the race track and became the dam of Mr. Van Deck. Her next foal was Vanetta Dee, who racked up 94 starts with 31 wins, 20 seconds and 16 thirds in six years of racing. Her total earnings were $83,325 ($ in current dollars). Vannevar was the next foal, and was AQHA Champion Racing Gelding in 1956 and 1957. Miss Pawhuska's 1954 foal was Vandy's Flash, who was the first gelding named World Champion Quarter Running Horse, in 1960. Miss Pawhuska's 1955 foal was Vansarita, who was never raced. A number of miscarriages followed, but in 1958 Miss Pawhuska produced Miss Vanity, another AAA-rated racehorse. Miss Pawhuska slipped, or lost, her next two foals, but produced Vansarita Too in 1961, who also earned an AAA on the race track. Miss Pawhuska's last foal by Vandy was Vandy's Flash, a stallion, who was never raced but sired 107 foals. Miss Pawhuska's last foal was not by Vandy, but was by an son of Three Bars named The Ole Man, but the gelding was never raced.
Death and legacy
She died at the age of 29 in 1975. She was buried on the Garretts' ranch outside Pawhuska. Garrett's grandson said of her that "She was very gentle, the kind of mare you could do anything with." He also said of her "I guess you could say she was a family pet. I used to rider her out to the pastures to round up other mares, things like that." She was on the leading dams of Race ROM earners from 1959 through 1969.
|Joe Blair (TB)|
|Joe Reed II|
|Fleeting Time (TB)|
|Little Red Nell|
|Joe Blair (TB)|
|Garrett's Miss Pawhuska|
|Old Joe Bailey|
|Little Hickory Bill|
|mare by Mac|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 490
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nye Complete Book of the Quarter Horse pp. 370–372
- ↑ Quoted in Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 490
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 491
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Waggoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 406
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 492
- ↑ Quoted in Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 492
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 151–152
- ↑ Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 493
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 494
- ↑ Quoted in Burke "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska" Quarter Horse Journal p. 494
- American Quarter Horse Association. "AQHA Hall of Fame". http://www.aqha.com/foundation/halloffame/halloffamebios.html. Accessed on February 3, 2008
- Burke, Cheryl (April 1985). "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska: "She Was a Good Mare"". Quarter Horse Journal: 490–494.
- 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.
- Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees.
- Wagoner, Dan M. (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, Texas: Equine Research.
- "All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Garrett's Miss Pawhuska". http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/garretts+miss+pawhuska.
- "Garrett's Miss Pawhuska at Quarter Horse Directory". http://www.qhd.com/horse/stallion.asp?id=30091&sex=mare.