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Joe Cody

Cutting</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, NRHA 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 12, 2008.</td></tr>
Joe Cody

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Bill Cody

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Wimpy P-1</td></tr>

Dam: Taboo

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>King P-234</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1952
Country: United States
Color: Sorrel
Breeder: Tom W. Cochrane
Owner: C. T. Fuller, Robert F. Roberts, Virginia Epes Harper
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Foaled in 1952, Joe Cody was a Quarter horse stallion famous for siring reining horses.[1]



Joe Cody was registered with number 42,543 in the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA). He was a 1952 sorrel colt, bred by Tom W. Cochran of Buckholts, Texas. He was registered in the ownership of Robert F. Roberts of Tyler, Texas.[2] His sire was a product of the King Ranch linebreeding program, as he was a son of Wimpy P-1 out of a daughter of Old Sorrel.[3] Joe's dam was a daughter of King P-234.[3]

Joe Cody earned an AQHA Champion and a Performance Register of Merit from the AQHA.[4] When he earned his AQHA Championship, he was the youngest stallion to ever earn the award.[5] He was trained and earned points in reining and cutting. He was also trained to rope.[5] In 1989 he was inducted into the National Reining Horse Association (or NRHA) Hall of Fame, only the second horse so honored.[6]

After retiring to stud in 1961, he was invited to Bermuda by the government of Bermuda to show both reining and cutting at the Agricultural Fair put on by the government. His owner at the time, Mrs. Virginia Harper of Long Island, New York, took him and had him perform a reining pattern and also a cutting exhibition.[5] He was the sire of Easter Cody, Sappho Cody, Paprika Cody, Sapphire Cody, High Proof, Topsail Cody, and Red God.[7] His son Topsail Cody sired foals that earned over $1 million in NRHA earnings.[8]

He died on July 1, 1989.[1] Fuller buried him at Fuller's Willow Brook Farm in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania with a granite headstone giving his accomplishments.[9]

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[10]


Old Sorrel
Mother of Solis
Wimpy P-1
Old Sorrel
mare by Hickory Bill
Bill Cody
Hickory Bill
Old Sorrel
Dr. Rose mare
King Ranch mare
Joe Cody
Little Joe
King P-234
Strait Horse
mare by Traveler
DJ by Old DJ
Billy Bowlegs
Billie Bo
Phelps mare


  1. 1.0 1.1 Close Legends 5 p. 50-63
  2. AQHA Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 6-10 p. 564
  3. 3.0 3.1 All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree for Joe Cody retrieved on June 26, 2007
  4. Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 314
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Valentry "Comeback Horse" Western Horseman May 1965 p. 133, 195-197
  6. NRHA Hall of Fame retrieved on July 4, 2007
  7. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 60-61
  8. NRHA Million Dollar Earners retrieved on July 4, 2007
  9. Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal July 1996 p. 14
  10. AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008


  • American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 6-7-8-9-10 Amarillo, Texas: American Quarter Horse Association 1962
  • Close, Pat ed. Legends 5: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs: Western Horseman 2002 ISBN 0-911647-58-9
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires Tacoma, Washington:Premier Publishing 1987
  • Wagoner, Dan Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition Grapevine, Texas:Equine Research 1974
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal July 1996 p. 14
  • Valentry, Duane "Comeback Horse" Western Horseman May 1965 p. 133, 195-197

Further reading

  • Groves, Lesli Krause "Joe Cody" Quarter Horse Journal January 1995 p. 18

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