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
#530528 (Sire: Midnight Sun)
Go Boy's Shadow
#540615 (Sire: Merry Go Boy)
Two time World Grand Champion and winner of seven Celebration
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
#551107 (Sire: Midnight Mack K.)
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.
R. #652733 (Sire: Merry Go Boy)
Doll R. #652757 (Sire: Rodgers' Perfection)
is the only mare to produce two World Grand Champions,
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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