Wing Commander (horse)
Wing Commander was one of the greatest Saddlebred show horses of the 20th century. In 1948, the chestnut American Saddlebred stallion won his first Five-Gaited World Grand Championship, a title he kept for five years. In total he won 6 Five-Gaited World Grand Championships, the first of only two horses to accomplish this. In 1950 Life magazine featured Wing Commander as an example of a fine athlete and an American Idol. He was owned by Dodge Stables, trained and ridden by Earl Teater. Wing Commander stood at stud at Castleton Farms in Lexington, Kentucky. He became one of the greatest influences on the modern American Saddlebred. He died at the age of 29.