Merry Walker was foaled in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on June 18, 1939. The breeders were Harold H. Earthman, Sr., and his son, Harold Jr. She was black with hind socks and a star.

In September of 1941, Merry Walker was sold to John D. King of Texas for $500. Because black horses were not popular at that time, she didn't demand as much money as her flashy-colored counterparts. J. H. Thompson became her next owner in November of 1942. Mr. Thompson, the father of legendary walking horse trainer, Vic Thompson, captured fifth place with Merry Walker in the Four and Over Mare Class at the 1944 Celebration. Shown as Smoky Mountain Gal, Thompson entered the mare in the World Grand Championship that same year, and placed fifth again.

Having seen her performances at the '44 Celebration, Dr. Porter R. Rodgers of Searcy, Arkansas became the mare's next owner. He purchased her in 1945, although she was badly foundered by then, and paid $2,000 for her.

Merry Walker produced the following eight offspring:

  • Sun's Dark Lady #472325 (Sire: Midnight Sun)
    Winner of seven Celebration ribbons -
    1950 - 3rd in Three Year Old Mares class
    1950 - 3rd in Amateur Championship Stake class
    1950 - 2nd in Owner-Amateur class
    1955 - 5th in Amateur Lady Riders class
    1955 - 5th in Amateur Championship Stake class
    1956 - 1st in Amateur Judging class
    1956 - 2nd in Owner-Amateur Lady Riders

  • Merry Earthman #530528 (Sire: Midnight Sun)

  • Go Boy's Shadow #540615 (Sire: Merry Go Boy)
    Two time World Grand Champion and winner of seven Celebration ribbons -
    1954 - 2nd Two Year Old Stallions & Geldings
    1954 - 2nd Two Year Old Championship Stake
    1955 - 1st Three Year Old Walking Stallions
    1955 - 1st Junior Championship Stake
    1955 - 1st Grand Championship Stake
    1956 - 1st Stallions Four Years Old & Over
    1956 - 1st Grand Championship Stake

  • Anne's Merry #551107 (Sire: Midnight Mack K.)

  • Rodgers' Perfection #551107 (Sire: Midnight Mack K.)
    World Grand Champion, winner of five Celebration ribbons, and sire of World Grand Champion, Carbon Copy.
    1957 - 6th Two Year Old Championship Stake
    1958 - 3rd Three Year Old Walking Stallions
    1958 - 2nd Junior Championship Stake
    1959 - 1st Stallions Four Years Old & Over
    1959 - 1st Grand Championship Stake

  • Shadow's Sis W. #640433 (Sire: Merry Go Boy)
    Dam of World Grand Champion, Mark of Carbon.

  • Sensational Sue R. #652733 (Sire: Merry Go Boy)

  • Merry Walkers Doll R. #652757 (Sire: Rodgers' Perfection)

Merry Walker is the only mare to produce two World Grand Champions, Go Boy's Shadow and Rodgers' Perfection. The fact that the two champions had different sires further illustrates the scope of Merry Walker's influence. In 1964, she produced a full sister to Go Boy's Shadow, Shadow's Sis W.

Shadow's Sis W. was bred to the Merry Walker grandson, Carbon Copy to produce the 1978 World Grand Champion, Mark of Carbon. Mark of Carbon carried the blood of Merry Walker on both sides of his pedigree.

Merry Walker herself was sired by the great Merry Boy, whose monumental impact on the Tennessee Walking Horse breed is evidenced through the offspring of his daughters. Merry Walker is one of five Merry Boy mares who produced six horses that won the World Grand Championship nine times.  An interesting point about Merry Walker is that genetically, she was half Standardbred, with her dam, Earthmans Queen Mary, being from legendary ATR lines.

Conformation, pedigree, show record and progeny... Merry Walker was one of the greatest Tennessee Walking Horse broodmares.

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**The ancestors of Earthmans Queen Mary were all Standardbred
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