Sun's Jet Parade
carried the bloodlines of both Midnight Sun and Merry Boy. His
dam, Merry Sue 380481 was by old Merry Boy 350189, her dam, Dainty
Lady, was by Giovanni and the third dam was a daughter of Eph
Lexington who had a pacing record of 2.06. Merry Sue was
registered and first owned by W. H. Davis of Wartrace, Tennessee and
she had eight colts. Three of these have been by Midnight
Sun. She was the dam of Diamond Merry Boy and the
sensational winner, Merry Boy Skipper.
Wayne Longmire of Knoxville, Tennessee was the breeder of record on
Sun's Jet Parade and he was registered as a colt under the name
Security Sun. He was a black stallion and was foaled in
1951. A star was his only marking.
E. P. Riley of Gainesville, Georgia owned Jet Parade as a two-year-old
and sold him to Boyce Hogan of Washington, Georgia. It was at
the Dixie Jubilee in Baton Rouge in the fall of 1956 that G. G.
Gardebled bought Jet Parade. Sun's Jet Parade was the third of
Midnight Sun's get to be declared winner of the Grand Championship
Stake at the Celebration. Jet Parade's dam was Merry Sue 380481
by old Merry Boy 350189. The dam of Merry Sue was Dainty Lady
360022 by Giovanni 370291 by Dandy Jim II (1531 ASR).
Boyce Hogan retained Vic Thompson of Shelbyville, Tennessee as trainer
of Sun's Jet Parade and, at the 1956 Celebration Horse Show, he tied
reserve in one of the most competitive events ever held there for
stallions, four-years-old and over. In the Grand Championship
Stake, also in 1956, Jet Parade was tied fourth. G. G. Gardebled
of New Orleans, Louisiana was owner of Sun's Jet Parade when this
'good doing' stallion was declared Grand Champion Walking Horse of the
World in 1957.
Mr. Gardebled was present at the Dixie Jubilee when Jet won the
stallion and gelding class. He admired the style and action he saw in
the winner of that class and, before the stake event which concluded
the Jubilee Show, purchased his present champion. Jet Parade was
grand champion of the 1956 Dixie Jubilee the following night.
Jet Parade was trained and shown by Vic Thompson throughout his great
victories and was destined for a promising career as a sire until his
Vic Thompson and Sun's Jet
Parade won a leg on the famous Musgrave Challenge Trophy at the
1957 Celebration. Sun's Jet Parade had been
undefeated prior to the Celebration.
Jet Parade, under
the tutelage of Vic Thompson, was undefeated prior to Celebration time
in 1957 and was one of the horses most talked about as a possible
winner of the big stake that year. He was declared winner
of the event for four-years-old and over stallions, defeating as he
won, two stallions destined in later years to be themselves declared
Grand Champions of the World. Jet Parade followed his
outstanding performance in the stallion class by a decisive win in the
final class to be designated as Grand Champion Walking Horse of the
World for the year 1957.
All of the wins in the career of Sun's Jet Parade were under the
tutelage of his trainer, Vic Thompson, of Shelbyville, Tennessee.