AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE HALL OF FAME

 

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POCO BUENO
Inducted in 1990

Every gringo in the Quarter Horse business knows at least two words of Spanish: Poco Bueno. Loosely translated his name is a paradox, for Poco Bueno, "fairly good," was far above average as an individual and a sire.

He was foaled in 1944, the son of King P-234 and Miss Taylor, whose sire, also named Poco Bueno, was by Little Joe by Traveler. His name probably fit him when it was given to him, as Jess Hankins, his breeder, said he was not early in acquiring eye appeal. As a yearling he placed fifth in a halter class at Fort Worth. The following summer, at Stamford, he won hi class. At the first Hankins production sale, October 22, 1945, Poco Bueno was purchased by E. Paul Waggoner for $5,700, a fabulous sum in those days.

Poco Bueno was the grand champion stallion at the 1947 National Western in Denver, and returned in the cutting the following year, placing third. He became a tough competitor in cutting under the training of Pine Johnson, the namesake for one of Poco Bueno's famous sons, Poco Pine. At cutting contests he would take turns working, then turning back, with a son from his first colt crop, Poco Tivio.

Almost nine percent of his registered foals became AQHA Champions. He sired three NCHA Hall of Fame members - Poco Lena (the dam of Dry Doc and Doc O Lena, her only progeny), Poco Mona and Poco Stampede. Of the 406 foals he sired in 23 seasons, 163 earned halter points and another 118 earned performance points.

When Poco Bueno left the Hankins sale he had a home for life. Across from the entrance of the historic Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, Texas, is a four-ton granite marker. Etched in the stone is the likeness of Poco Bueno, a tribute to a stallion who distinguished himself at halter, in cutting and as the sire of 36 AQHA Champions.

Taken from the May 1990 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal