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Poco Pine

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Halter</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: July 21, 2010.</td></tr>
Poco Pine

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Poco Bueno

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

Dam: Pretty Rosalie

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Pretty Boy</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1954
Country: United States
Color: Bay
Breeder: E. Paul Waggoner
Owner: Paul Curtner
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Poco Pine was a Quarter Horse stallion and sire.[1] He earned 50 Grand Championships in his showing career and after his death was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) AQHA Hall of Fame in 2010.



He was a 1954 bay stallion, sired by Poco Bueno, and out of Pretty Rosalie, a daughter of Pretty Boy.[2] As a foal, he bought at E. Paul Waggoner's 1954 Waggoner Ranch sale along with his mother by Paul Curtner, who had originally intended to purchase a daughter of Blackburn and a filly by Poco Bueno, but instead ended up purchasing Poco Pine and his mother. While still at the sale, Curtner was approached by two employees of Waggoner's, both informing Curtner that in their opinion, he'd bought the best mare in the sale. One of the employees, Pine Johnson, Waggoner's trainer, also felt that Poco Pine was the best Poco Bueno colt he'd ever seen. Because of Johnson's praise for the colt, Curtner decided to register the foal as Poco Pine.[3]

Poco Pine was shown about five times as a weanling, winning all his halter classes he was shown in, but Curtner felt that he was slow to develop and didn't show him as a yearling or as a two-year-old. By 1957, however, Curtner felt that Poco Pine was ready to show again, and took him to a show in Fort Worth, Texas. Although Poco Pine won his class, Curtner was sure the horse wouldn't win either Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion, and ended up betting B. F. Phillips and Billy Bush that Poco Pine would not win the championship or reserve. He lost the bet, but won the Championship, which meant that Curtner lost money on his horse winning.[4]

Curtner's goal with Poco Pine's halter career was to have the stallion win 50 Grand Championships, a goal the stallion accomplished on October 27, 1960, when the stallion was six years old. Curtner then retired the horse from halter showing. While Poco Pine was showing at halter, he was also showing in cutting competitions and standing at stud to a large book of mares. In 1958, for example, he bred 80 mares at a stud fee of $800 as well as showing both halter and cutting. In August 1960, Poco Pine earned enough performance points to qualify for an AQHA Championship and was retired from performance showing.[5] In total, Poco Pine earned 135 AQHA Halter points and 17 AQHA Performance points.[3]

Curtner had two opportunities to sell Poco Pine during his showing career, the first time for $40,000, the second for $100,000, but both times he turned the offers down.[6]

Breeding career

His foals earned $14,794 in National Cutting Horse Association competition.[1] He sired 37 AQHA Champions, 19 Superior Wester Pleasure Horses, 2 Superior Trail Horses, 15 Superior Halter Horses, 84 Performan Registers of Merit and four year end high point horses with the AQHA.[2] He sired 19 foals crops, with a total of 464 foals.[3] His son Poco Pecho was the sire of Pecho Dexter, who was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[1] Another descendant inducted into the Hall of Fame was Zippo Pine Bar, who was out of a Poco Pine daughter.[7]

He died in his sleep on 1 November 1974. He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2010.[1]


King P-234
Poco Bueno
Old Poco Bueno
Miss Taylor
Poco Pine
Pretty Boy
Little Maud
Pretty Rosalie
Waggoner mare


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 American Quarter Horse Foundation "Poco Pine Hall of Fame Bio" American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 99-100
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Holmes "Poco Pine" Legends 3 pp. 112-115
  4. Holmes "Poco Pine" Legends 3 pp. 114-116
  5. Holmes "Poco Pine" Legends 3 pp. 116-118
  6. Holmes "Poco Pine" Legends 3 pp. 119-120
  7. American Quarter Horse Foundation "Zippo Pine Bar Hall of Fame Biography" American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame


  • Holmes, Frank (1997). "Poco Pine". in Swan, Kathy. Legends 3: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs: Western Horseman. pp. 112-123. ISBN 0-911647-40-6. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 


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