AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE HALL OF FAME
Inducted in 1990
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.
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.
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.
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
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