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Maddon's Bright Eyes

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Racing</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Racing record</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">25-18-5-0, speed rating AAA</td></tr><tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Race earnings</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">$16,577.00</td></tr><tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Racing awards</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">1949 World Champion Quarter Running Horse, 1951 World Co-Champion Quarter Running Horse</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 12, 2008.</td></tr>
Maddon's Bright Eyes

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Gold Mount

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Brush Mount</td></tr>

Dam: Plaudette

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>King Plaudit (TB)</td></tr>

Gender: Mare
Foaled: 1946
Country: United States
Color: Bay
Breeder: Charles Shoemaker
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Maddon's Bright Eyes was a Quarter Horse mare who was a racehorse on the Quarter tracks during around 1950.



Maddon's Bright Eyes was foaled on May 12, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1] On both her sire's side and on her dam's side she traced to King Plaudit (TB) and to Peter McCue.[2]

She raced from 1948 to 1952 before suffering a career ending injury in her last race, which she finished on three legs in second place.[1] Her record over those five years was twenty-five starts, eighteen wins and five seconds. She only finished off the board twice. Her earnings were $16,576.00 with a top speed rating of AAA.[3] She was retired after injuring herself in the August 29, 1952 Championship Dash at Centennial Park. She broke so fast from the gate that she ripped a tendon off her stifle joint, and although she came in second in the race, she was hobbling after the race. She retired holding three mare world records: at 300, 250 and 220 yards.[4]

One of her pecularities was that she liked raw eggs, and was fed a dozen a day when she was training at the track. She was also known to chase hens off their eggs in order to eat them.[5]

After four foals, Maddon's Bright Eyes became paralyzed in her hind quarters and was humanely put down on June 29, 1958.[1] Two of her foals earned their Race Register of Merit - Bright Bar and Me Bright.[3]

She was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[6]


Whisk Broom II (TB)
Chimney Sweep (TB)
Polly Flinders (TB)
Brush Mount
Hula Dancer
mare by Waggoner's Rainy Day P-13
Gold Mount
King Plaudit (TB)
Colorado Queen
Miss Helen
Old Joe by Harmon Baker
CS mare by Young Cold Deck
Maddon's Bright Eyes
Himyar (TB)
Plaudit (TB)
*Cindarella (TB)
King Plaudit (TB)
*Knight of the Thistle (TB)
Wild Thistle (TB)
Galliard (TB)
Dan Tucker
Peter McCue
Nora M (TB)
Roberds mare by Peter McCue
Old Fred
Roberds mare by Old Fred


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Swan Legends 3 p. 41-50
  2. Maddon's Bright Eyes Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on July 4, 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 702
  4. Keen "Bright Eyes" Quarter Horse Journal November 1952 p. 25
  5. Ernenwein "Bright Eyes By Herself" Quarter Horse Journal December 1950 p. 9 & 18
  6. AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008


  • Keen, F. Curt "Bright Eyes" Quarter Horse Journal November 1952 p. 25
  • Ernenwein, Leslie "Bright Eyes By Herself" Quarter Horse Journal December 1950 p. 9 & 18
  • Swan, Kathy ed. Legends 3:Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1997
  • Wagoner, Dan Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976 Grapevine, Texas:Equine Research 1976

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