World Grand Champion in 1940 and 1941

Strange as it may be, the gelding that was to win the 1940 Celebration had not even been heard of by the show horse world until a few months before the show.   Haynes Peacock, a beautiful red chestnut with no marking of any kind, came forward to capture the show and win the big stake for the late Col. J. L. Haynes, Haynes Haven Stock Farm of Spring Hill, Tennessee.

In the early spring of 1939, Haynes Peacock was ridden by Arthur Driscoll in a small show, but where competition was hot, at New Herman, Tennessee.  He won first place and was awarded a sack of flour. New Herman is located in the southern section of Bedford County, and Haynes Peacock was owned by Jack Monette of that small village.  During his early life, Haynes Peacock was known as old Dan, and of much interest to walking horse fans will be the fact that old Dan actually did farm work also.

Utility horse

Mr. Monette was a farmer and had work to do, and Dan helped him.   On many occasions Dan was ridden to the store, and while Mr. Monette was buying groceries, Dan was left to graze peacefully up and down the side of the road until his owner was ready to return home.  Dan traveled with a steady, even gait, and when Mr. Monette had so many groceries that he had to use both his hands to hold them, Dan traveled the same steady and even way as before with the reins dropped to his neck.

Haynes Peacock was sired by Wilson's Allen and out of a standard bred mare.  He had a long, loose, even gait with lots of speed and ease. The fact that Haynes Peacock was not registered until he was twelve years old is also of interest.   After that early spring show of 1939, Haynes Peacock was sold to T. P. Shelton of Manchester, Tennessee.   In May 1939, Mr. Shelton took his new mount to Smyrna, Tennessee and entered him in the exhibition there the night of the horse show, and again this good walking gelding was victorious.

On this particular night, Col. Haynes, an ardent lover and enthusiastic exhibitor of the Tennessee Walking Horse, saw this gelding perform and liked his looks and way of going.  Mr. Haynes bought this coming champion and Peacock, as he was then named, quickly began a more than famous show career.  In the course of only a few months Haynes Peacock had gone from a sack of flour to the Grand Championship of the Celebration, and later, to Madison Square Garden for another great victory there.

And Billy Grubbs

Haynes Peacock was crowned the Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World at the age of twelve years.   More of Haynes Peacock's winnings included the Baton Rouge Challenge Show, the Columbia Mule Day Show, the Como, Mississippi Show, and the Southwestern Exhibition and Fat Stock Show, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Many horsemen have said that Haynes Peacock had more show horse ways and more bloom than any horse they had ever seen regardless of his age.  He had a way of strutting that caused possibly more favorable comment than most horses of his day.  Haynes Peacock and his loving master came back to the Celebration to win the coveted crown in the Grand Championship class in 1941 for the second consecutive time.

Haynes Peacock was a popular champion and he and Colonel Jack Haynes helped establish the Tennessee Walking Horse as the fastest growing show horse exhibited in America.
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