two-eyed-jack

7 gennaio 2017,

Two Eyed Jack, uno stallone sauro allevato da H. H. Mass, nacque nel 1961 da Two D Two, un discendente di Old Sorrel, e dalla fattrice Triangle Tookie figlia dello stallone Grey Badger III e Lady Hancock fattrice che fa risalire le sue origini a Joe Hancock P-455. Triangle Tookie ha prodotto 5 AQHA Champions nella sua carriera di fattrice, tra cui Two Eyed Jack.

Da puledro, Two Eyed Jack restò imbattuto alle classi di Halter in tutto il Midwest vincendo sette titoli di Grand Champion. Ha vinto altri sette titoli Grand Champion in Halter a 2 anni. Non contento, ha guadagnato quattro punti in Western Pleasure. Nel 1964, a 3 anni, Two Eyed Jack vinse il titolo di Champion and Superior Honors in Halter, oltre a guadagnare punti nel Western Pleasure. Two Eyed Jack era alto 157 cm circa e pesava poco più di 6 quintali.

Two Eyed Two e Howard Pitzer

Two Eyed Two e Howard Pitzer

Two Eyed Jack e Howard Pitzer, il suo nuovo proprietario sono così strettamente collegati nella storia del Quarter Horse che non si può davvero parlare di uno senza menzionare l’altro. Howard Pitzer, una pietra miliare nell’industria del mondo AQHA, acquistò Two Eyed Jack nel 1964 per incrociarlo con le sue fattrici figlie di Pat Star Jr, dopo che il cavallo aveva già acquisito molti dei suoi punti in AQHA Open Halter. Pitzer aveva già visto Two Eyed Jack due volte prima del suo acquisto, una volta quando aveva dieci giorni, e poi di nuovo quando Jack aveva 2 anni al Denver Stock Show. La seconda volta, Pitzer ha detto ai suoi compagni che Jack era un bel cavallo, e che sarebbe diventato un “bel castrone terribile”. Sotto la proprietà di Pitzer, Two Eyed Jack guadagnò il resto dei punti in Halter. Alla fine, Two Eyed Jack ha guadagnato 217 punti in Halter e 70 titoli Grand Champion. Inoltre ha guadagnato punti di Performance in Western Pleasure, Hunter under saddle, Reining, Working Cow Horse and Western Riding.

Howerd Pitzer e i suoi trofei

Howerd Pitzer e i suoi trofei

Jack entrava e usciva dalle arene fino al 1979. Da allora, la sua carriera come Halter e Performance Horse – impressionante come era – fu messa in ombra dai successi della sua progenie. Two Eyed Jack generò 1.416 cavalli, che rappresentano 17,029 punti in AQHA show. Di essi, 14 sono diventati AQHA World Champion, mentre 7 sono diventati AQHA Junior World Champion. Egli generò la prima AQHA Superhorse, Vickie Lee Pine con la fattrice Poco Coed da Poco Pine, e circa 100 dei suoi puledri si piazzarono agli AQHA World Championship Show. Venticinque divennero vincitori High-Point Open, mentre 55 furono Reserve High-Point horses; otto furono vincitori Youth High-Point e 29 finirono Reserve in quei ranks. Essi rappresentano 242 Open Registers of Merit, 66 Youth ROMs e sei Amateur ROMs. Sessantanove divennero Superior Performance Horses.  Ma forse il numero più sconcertante è 119 – il numero di Open AQHA Champions nati da Two Eyed Jack.

Il 2 maggio del 1991, Two Eyed Jack è stato abbattuto a causa della vecchiaia e sepolto nel Ranch di Pitzer, in Ericson, Nebraska, dove Pitzer era solito seppellire tutti i suoi stalloni. E’ stato inserito nella AQHA Hall of Fame nel 1996, mentre Pitzer fu inserito anch’egli l’anno seguente.

 veduta aerea dell' HP Ranch

veduta aerea dell’ HP Ranch

7 january 2017,

Two Eyed Jack was Quarter Horse stock from his cannons to his crest, and every inch of muscle in between. Two Eyed Jack was foaled in 1961, a sorrel stallion bred by H. H. Mass and was by Two D Two, a descendant of Old Sorrel, out of Triangle Tookie by Grey Badger III,  Triangle Tookie’s dam traced back to Joe Hancock P-455. Triangle Tookie produced five AQHA Champions in her breeding career, including Two Eyed Jack.
As a yearling, Two Eyed Jack was undefeated at halter throughout the Midwest, winning all 13 of his classes and taking seven grand champion titles. He won seven more grands as a 2-year-old, taking 16 of the 17 halter classes in which he was entered. On top of that, he earned four western pleasure points. In 1964, Two Eyed Jack wrapped up an AQHA Champion title and Superior honors in halter, in addition to earning points in western pleasure. Two Eyed Jack stood 15.2½ hands high and weighed 1350 pounds.

Two Eyed Jack

Two Eyed Jack

Howard Pitzer, a milestone in AQHA world industry, bought Two Eyed Jack in 1964 to cross on Pitzer’s Pat Star Jr mares, after the horse had already earned many of his lifetime 217 AQHA open halter points. Pitzer had previously looked at Two Eyed Jack twice before purchasing him, once when he was ten days old, and then again when Jack was two at the Denver Stock Show. The second time, Pitzer told his companions that Jack was a nice horse, and that he’d make an “awful nice gelding”. Owned by Pitzer, he earned the rest of those halter points. Two Eyed Jack and Howard Pitzer are so closely connected in Quarter Horse fame that you can not really talk about one without mentioning the other.

Vickie Lee Pine, prima Superhorse Champion della storia, 1978

Vickie Lee Pine, prima Superhorse Champion della storia, 1978

Eventually, Two Eyed Jack earned 217 halter points and 70 grand champions. He also earned performance points in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, reining, working cow horse and western riding. Jack was in and out of the show ring until 1979. By then, his career as a halter and performance horse – impressive as it was – was already being upstaged by the achievements of his get. Two Eyed Jack sired 1,416 horses, which accounted for 17,029 points in AQHA showing. Of them, 14 became AQHA World Champions, while seven became AJQHA World Champions. He sired the very first AQHA Superhorse, Vickie Lee Pine, and nearly 100 of his foals placed at the AQHA World Championship Show. Twenty-five became open high-point winners, while 55 were reserve high-point horses; eight were youth high-point winners and 29 finished reserve in those ranks. They account for 242 open Registers of Merit, 66 youth ROMs and six amateur ROMs. Sixty-nine became Superior performance horses. But perhaps the most staggering number is 119 – the number of open AQHA Champions sired by Two Eyed Jack.

On May 2, 1991, Two Eyed Jack was put down due to old age. He’s buried on Pitzer’s ranch in Ericson, Nebraska where Pitzer buried all his stallions. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1996, while Pitzer was inducted also him the following year.

Dipinto raffigurante Two Eyed Jac

Dipinto raffigurante Two Eyed Jac