Orrin Mixer was commissioned to paint the "ideal" QH in 1968...
The same year that the horse he "stylized" the ideal from died...
There is no need for me to re-produce the history of this horse, but if you are interested, here are two good articles on him...Three Bars History and The Three Bars Story.
Of course when the AQHA came to be in 1940, this was the horse who was awarded the very first registration number-Wimpy P-1...
This is a much more common picture of Wimpy than the previous one. This probably has a lot to do with the idea that QH's have only recently been streamlined. Actually, a lot of the earlier "quarter horses" were pretty streamlined. They were built for speed. Their lineage paralleled the development of the Thoroughbred in the Colonies.
Of course, I am a big fan of Rugged Lark too!!!
He encompasses the ideal cross between TB and foundation QH. Interestingly enough, if you look at the thoroughbred side of Rugged Lark, you will see a lot of the same Thoroughbred names that you see in the foundation quarter horses. Horses like Questionnaire, Chicle, Upset and Sir Gallahad are right there in his 5 generation pedigree. Go the next 5 generations back and you see Peter Pan by Commando by Domino, Flying Fox, Bend Or, Voter, Broomstick by Ben Brush and lots of Galopin.
See, I am not a purist. I think the "right" Thoroughbred cross on foundation quarter horses almost always results in a superior offspring. I don't think any old TB will work though. I look for TB's bred like Rugged Lark's poppa!!
This is totally not where I intended to go tonight, but I delved into the "underworld" again and spent too much time inciting the locals!! Muahahahaha! Sorry, I can't help it. I have a mean streak and sometimes I like to torture poor lost souls.
It is late and I have a loooonnnngggg day of driving tomorrow. I'm off to bed. For once I am totally prepared to leave...That is scary!!!! TW, do I really have to pull over to take pictures?
PS-White Horse Pilgrim-I had never heard about the re-mount score you talked about. Very interesting. We will have to delve into that!