|Breed:||Unknown, but a foundation sire for the Quarter Horse|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Mystery surrounds Traveler, as his breeding is completely unknown. He appeared in Texas in the mid-1880s and eventually ended up as a match racehorse and stallion. Some stories have him part of a contractor's work string doing grading work on a railroad being constructed in Eastland County, Texas. Whether or not this story is true, the first recorded owner of Traveler was a man named Brown Seay.
He was a light sorrel horse, with light amounts of roaning on his flanks. Markings were a snip, and a streak on the face. Standing around 15 hands high, he was leggy but well muscled, although George Clegg said the horse was the shortest backed horse he'd ever seen. He was also owned by the Shely brothers, who bred most of his most famous offspring. While owned by Seay, Traveler was match raced extensively in Texas.
He died in 1912. He sired such influential Quarter horses as Little Joe, King (later named Possum), Jim Ned, Judge Thomas, Texas Chief, and Captain Joe. Other descendants included Joe Reed II, Hard Twist, Silver King, Tonto Bars Hank, and Tonto Bars Gill.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Close Legends 2 p. 6
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Short Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse p. 42
- ↑ Chamberlain Quarter Paths: Traveler from Oblivion to Fame" Quarter Racing Journal February 1990 p. 16, 68, 71
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Denhardt "The Traveler Legacy" Quarter Horse Journal May 1981 p. 106-108
- ↑ Groves "Out of New York, By Boxcar" Quarter Horse Journal April 1993 p. 18
- ↑ Nye "Fast Travelers" Quarter Racing Record December 15, 1962 p. 6-11
- ↑ AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
- AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
- Chamberlain, Richard "Quarter Paths: Traveler From Oblivion to Fame" Quarter Racing Journal February 1990 p. 16, 68, 71
- Close, Pat ed. Legends 2: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1994 ISBN 0-911647-30-9
- Denhardt, Bob "The Traveler Legacy" Quarter Horse Journal May 1981 p. 106-108
- Groves, Lesli Krause "Out of New York, By Boxcar" Quarter Horse Journal April 1993 p. 18
- Nye, Nelson C. "Fast Travelers" Quarter Racing Record December 15, 1962 p. 6-11
- Short, Victoria Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse Houston:Loshadt Publishing 1998
- Reynolds, Franklin "They Called Him Traveler" Quarter Horse Journal May 1957 p. 7-9, 22-23, 34-36, 54-65
- Rockingham, Montague "Traveler: Greatest Sire Since Sir Archy" The Western Horseman January 1949 p. 10-11, 33