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Poco Bueno

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 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 12, 2008.</td></tr>
Poco Bueno

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: King P-234


Dam: Miss Taylor

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Old Poco Bueno</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1944
Country: United States
Color: brown (color)
Breeder: Jess Hankins
Owner: Paul E. Waggoner
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Poco Bueno a brown quarter horse stallion foaled April 10, 1944.[1] He was sired by the great Quarter horse stallion King P-234 and out of the mare Miss Taylor who was by Old Poco Bueno. Poco Bueno was named for his maternal grandsire, and the name means pretty good in Spanish.[2] Poco Bueno is the stallion that is linked to the genetic disease Hereditary Equine Regional Dermal Asthenia (HERDA) in stock horses.

He was a plain brown horse with no white markings at all. When mature, he stood about 15 hands high and weighed about 1200 pounds.[2]

Poco Bueno earned his American Quarter Horse Association, or AQHA, Championship and dominated the quarter horse breed for decades. He was purchased by E. Paul Waggoner, of the Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, Texas in 1945 for $5,700.[1] His show career started when he was named champion yearling stallion at the Texas Cowboy Reunion Quarter Horse Show in Stamford, Texas. He was grand champion stallion in the 1940s at Denver's National Western Stock Show, the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth, State Fair of Texas in Dallas and the American Royal Livestock Show in Kansas City.[1]

As a 4-year-old, in 1948, Poco Bueno started his performance career as a cutting horse. He was the first quarter horse to be insured for $100,000.00.[1][3] Poco Bueno sired 405 registered AQHA foals, 222 were performers.[1] His most successful crosses were on the daughters of Blackburn. Among his famous get were Poco Stampede, Poco Tivio, Poco Lena, Poco Mona, Poco Bob, Poco Dell, and Poco Pine.[4]

Poco Bueno died November 28, 1969. Mr. Waggoner left specific instructions in his will that Poco Bueno was to be buried in a standing position in a grave across from the ranch entrance on Texas Highway 283. The plot of ground was landscaped with trees and grass. A granite marker, weighing four tons, was engraved with his name, picture and the following: Champion and Sire of Champions.[1][3] In 1990, Poco Bueno was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.[5]


Little Joe
Billy by Big Jim
mare by Sykes' Rondo
King P-234
Yellow Jacket
Strait Horse
Gardner mare by Traveler
mare by Traveler
Poco Bueno 1944 sorrel
Little Joe
Old Poco Bueno
Big Jim
Virginia D
Miss Taylor
Peter McCue
Hickory Bill
Lucretia M
mare by Hickory Bill


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Simmons Legends p. 31-37
  2. 2.0 2.1 Groves "Poco Bueno" Quarter Horse Journal April 1994 p. 18
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davis "Headin' an' Heelin'" Western Horseman February 1970 p. 17
  4. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 96-98
  5. AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008


  • Davis, Ray "Headin' an' Heelin'" Western Horseman February 1970 p. 17
  • Groves, Lesli Krause "Poco Bueno" Quarter Horse Journal April 1994 p. 18
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires Tacoma, WA:Premier Pedigrees 1987
  • Simmons, Diance C. Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1993

External links

  • Multiple articles are captured at the Yahoo Groups, HERDA group
  • Multiple articles are captured the medical information site, www.pubmed.com (link below)

Further reading

  • Am J Vet Res. 2005 Mar;66(3):437-42. Inheritance of hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia in Quarter Horses.
  • Vet Dermatol. 2004 Aug;15(4):207-17. Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia ("hyperelastosis cutis") in 50 horses
  • Lab Invest. 1988 Aug;59(2):253-62. An inherited connective tissue disease in the horse.
  • Kadash, Kathy "Poco Bueno: Preserving the Past for the Future" Western Horseman April 1993 p. 16-20


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