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Rugged Lark

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Western Pleasure
Hunter Under Saddle
Pleasure driving
Reining</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 Superior Western Pleasure Horse, AQHA Superior Hunter Under Saddle Horse, AQHA Superior Trail Horse, 1985 & 1987 AQHA World Show Superhorse, 1985 World Champion Pleasure Driving Horse, 1987 World Champion Senior Hunter Under Saddle Horse, 1987 Reserve World Champion Senior Western Riding Horse, 1987 Reserve World Champion Pleasure Driving 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>
Rugged Lark

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Really Rugged (TB)

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Rough'n Tumble (TB)</td></tr>

Dam: Alisa Lark

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Leolark</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1981
Country: United States
Color: Bay
Breeder: Teresa Striegel
Owner: Carol A. Harris
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Rugged Lark was Quarter Horse stallion who was a two time American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) World Show Superhorse as well as being a three time AQHA World Champion.[1]



Rugged Lark was the son of a Thoroughbred stallion Really Rugged and out of a Quarter Horse mare named Alisa Lark. Alisa Lark was a great-granddaughter of Leo and a great-great-granddaughter of both King P-234 and Joe Hancock P-455.[2][1]

Rugged Lark won the AQHA World Show Superhorse title in 1985 and in 1987. He also was an AQHA Superior Western Pleasure Horse, Superior Hunter Under Saddle Horse, and Superior Trail Horse. In 1987 he was the World Champion Senior Hunter Under Saddle Horse. In 1985 he was the World Champion Pleasure Driving Horse. He earned AQHA points in Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Trail, Hunter Hack, Reining, Working Hunter, Western Riding, Pleasure Driving, and Barrel Racing.[1]

He died in October 2004 from colic.[3]

Among his offspring are The Lark Ascending, Rugged Painted Lark, Look Whos Larkin - 1999 AQHA World Show Superhorse, and Jolena Lark[3] and Rugged Lark II. He is one of only two stallions to sire other offspring to win superhorse titles.

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame[4] in 2006.[5]


Questionnaire (TB)
Free For All (TB)
Pansy (TB)
Rough'n Tumble (TB)
*Bull Dog (TB)
Roused (TB)
Rude Awakening (TB)
Really Rugged (TB)
*Challenger II (TB)
Errard (TB)
*Ruddy Light (TB)
Ruddy Belle (TB)
Sir Damion (TB)
Harriet's Kid (TB)
Liz F (TB)
Rugged Lark
Sorrel Sue
King Bob
Daisy K
Alisa Lark
Joe Hancock Jr
Covella (TB)
Aliso Gill 3
Snicker Girl
Okie Girl


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mattson The Real American Quarter Horse p. 112-113
  2. Rugged Lark Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 27, 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 Martindale Legends 7 p. 225-227
  4. AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
  5. American Quarter Horse Foundation - Rugged Lark accessed on February 3, 2008


  • Martindale, Cathy and Kathy Swan ed. Legends 7: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Fort Worth: Western Horseman 2006 ISBN 0-911647-79-1
  • Mattson, Paul The Real American Quarter Horse: Versatile Athletes who proved Supreme Wamego, Kansas:Premier Publishing 1991 ISBN 1-879984-77-6

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