of the outstanding stallions and mares that helped form the nucleus of
the Walking Horse carried the blood of OLD PACING PILOT.
Early horse breeders of Middle Tennessee and Kentucky assumed
that PACING PILOT was of Canadian descent.
As in the case of COPPERBOTTOM, this assumption was accepted
because most pacers in America trace to the Canadian and Narragansett
In any event, PACING PILOT was known throughout both Tennessee
and Kentucky for his influence in contributing to the easy, ambly gait
for which horses in these states were known.
foaled about 1823.
A man by the name of Louis Dansereau imported a great quantity of
pacing mares into Canada from Narragansett country and PACING PILOT was
one of several fine black stallions developed by this breeder. The
foundation mare of the Dansereau line was a black pacer about 14 years
old, obtained from a Yankee trader. Dansereau bred this mare around 1817
to VOYAGEUR, whose pacing dam was bought, when carrying him, from a
Yankee trader. The result of this mating was a black pacing mare, JEANNE
d'ARC, who produced an outstanding group of black pacing stallions.
PACING PILOT was one of these stallions foaled in 1823 and
imported to Kentucky in 1831. The horse was taken to Stafford Spring,
Connecticut, and put in training where it became obvious that the black
stallion possessed unusual racing potential.
It was during this training period that half interest in PACING
PILOT was sold to John Dean.
Pacing Pilot was taken to New Orleans where
he ran the mile under saddle in 2:26, and was immediately purchased by a
Major O. Duboise for $1,000.
But the reputation of PACING PILOT was so well known that his new
owner found it impossible to match him against other racers, and so the
horse was sold to one D. Henisohn of Louisville, Kentucky.
The selling price was again $1000.
PACING PILOT died in 1855.
PILOT was a pacing horse through and through, and left many offspring,
but their records were seldom kept. It is known that the majority of his
colts were pacers, but there were also some trotters.
One very interesting thing about his offspring is the fact that
he was bred to NANCY TAYLOR and her daughter, NANCY POPE.
From NANCY TAYLOR, PILOT sired his fastest pacer, and from NANCY
POPE he sired his fastest trotter.
While PILOT JR., the foal from NANCY POPE,
was probably PACING PILOT'S most famous colt, it was another son, BROWN
PILOT, that brought the blood to Middle Tennessee.
PACING PILOT also left his mark on the Standardbreds of America.
PILOT JR. sired TATTLER which ran the mile in 2:26, the
five-year-old record of the world in 1868.
He also sired TACKEY, the dam of PILOT MEDIUM, whose son, PETER
THE GREAT, is still considered one of the greatest trotting sires of all