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Shue Fly (horse)

<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;">12-10-1-0, AAA speed rating</td></tr><tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Racing awards</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">1941 & 1942 & 1943 World 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>
Shue Fly

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Cowboy P-12

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Yellow Jacket</td></tr>

Dam: Lady Luck

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Booger Red</td></tr>

Gender: Mare
Foaled: 1937
Country: United States
Color: Chestnut
Breeder: Lloyd Miller
Owner: Hepler Brothers
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Shue Fly was a Quarter horse mare who was one of the dominant racehorses on the racetrack during the 1940's.



Shue Fly was registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) as number 717. She was a chestnut mare, foaled in 1937 and bred by Lloyd Miller of Chamita, New Mexico. She was owned by the Hepler Brothers of Carlsbad, New Mexico at the time she was registered. Her sire was Cowboy P-12, and she was out of Lady Luck by Booger Red by Rancocas, a Thoroughbred. The second dam was an unnamed Thoroughbred mare.[1] Through her sire, she descended from Yellow Jacket and Peter McCue twice. Her dam was a descendant of Iroquois, the first American bred Thoroughbred to win a major race in England.[2] Some early reports had her dam as a mare named Nancy M who was by Jack McCue (a son of Peter McCue) and out of Fanny by Jack McCue. However, the Hepler brothers, who raced and then used Shue Fly as a broodmare, investigated her background and came to the conclusion that she was out of Lady Luck.[3]

During her racing career she was named the World Champion Quarter Running Horse for 1941-1942, for 1942-1943, and for 1943-1944.[4] The official AQHA records show her starting six times, with two wins and a top speed rating of AAA.[4] However, the 1946 Yearbook of the American Quarter Racing Association (or AQRA) states that she had won ten of eleven starts.[5] Her very first race was when she was three, and had just been broke to ride, when she went up against Question Mark in a half mile race. She finished second, but it was a good finish for a green-broke mare. Next, in December of 1941, she was matched against Clabber at the distance of a quarter mile, and won, setting a track record in the process.[3] In the 1942 Championship race, she went to her knees coming out of the starting gate, but managed to get up and finish first by a nose, beating Clabber, Nobodies Friend and Joe Tom.[6]

As a broodmare, Shue Fly produced three foals that earned a Race Register of Merit, including Royal Charge.[4] She died in 1963.[7]

She was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame[8] in 2005.[7]


Lock's Rondo
Little Rondo
Minnie Franks
Yellow Jacket
Lock's Rondo
Barbee Dun
Mary Lee
Cowboy P-12
John Wilkens
Roan Lady
John Wilkens
Bonnie Wilkens
Shue Fly
Iroquois (TB)
Rancocas (TB)
Ontario (TB)
Booger Red
Blue Dick
Mittie Stephens
Lady Luck
Thoroughbred mare


  1. AQHA Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 1-5 p. 101
  2. Shue Fly Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 30, 2007
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nye "Meet the Champ" The Quarter Horse May 1947 p. 9 & 15
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 1087
  5. AQRA The Quarter Running Horse 1946 p. 17
  6. Nye Great Moments in Quarter Racing History p. 23-25
  7. 7.0 7.1 American Quarter Horse Foundation - Shue Fly accessed on February 3, 2008
  8. AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008


  • American Quarter Racing Association The Quarter Running Horse 1946: Year Book and Register of Merit of the American Quarter Racing Association no place 1946
  • Nye, Nelson C. Great Moments in Quarter Racing History New York:Arco 1983 ISBN 0-668-05304-6
  • Nye, Nelson C. "Meet the Champ" The Quarter Horse May 1947 p. 9 & 15

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