“Harlan was foaled on October 21, 1951. Bred by Jack and Paul Smith of Indianola, Oklahoma. We bought him on November 1, 1954 and owned him until his death on May 23, 1973 – all except for 3 years. We sold him to Bud and Evelyn Breeding of Oklahoma City and they stood him down the road from us at Bob’s brother, Dick Robey’s place.” He is buried here, in our backyard. He was a good individual and a big part of our family” . . . Jo An Robey
The Robeys bought Harlan as a three year-old. They had been breeding mares to Hank H, partly because the babies were so outstanding but also because of his full sister, Squaw H. When Bob and Jo Ann were first married (1948) they went to a race meet and saw the great mare Squaw H run. They were impressed and jumped at the opportunity to breed their mares to her full brother at a later date.
Bob and Jo An Robey bred eight outside mares to Harlan the first year they stood him at stud. They had plenty of their own mares to breed so with Bob working full time off the ranch, they stayed pretty busy. Harlan proved himself to be a sire from his first foal crop.
Jo An tells a good story about how quite a few of Harlan’s foals came to be located in the state of Alabama. She said that in or around the year 1956 three men showed up on their doorstep and brought a load of 13 mares to Harlan to breed. These men were from Alabama – Pete Reynold , T A Simpson, and Ralph Eagle.
Well, they bred the mares and this ‘partnership’ of Alabamans left the mares there in Oklahoma. The Robey’s foaled these mares out the following year. They were then bred back, and after they were all in foal, the Alabama fellows showed up and took 13 three-in-one packages back home. Jo Ann says, “we got a lot of foals down in Alabama that way.”
Around 1962 the work load of breeding horses and a full time job got to be a strain on Bob. This is when Harlan was sold. But he never left the ranch ‘down the road’ that he was to stand at for his entire life. But Bob missed owning Harlan. It took him until 1965 to form a ‘syndicate’ of his closest friends to buy the stallion back. You may recognize some of the names in this syndicate because they are well known in the Quarter Horse world . . . Bob Robey, Harold Hudspeth, Jim Nance and Carl Miles.
Harlan’s foals continued to excel in the show ring. He became a leading sire of AQHA Champions, and the Robey’s continued to enjoy his kind ways and gentle disposition. Jo An Robey said he was such a nice horse that their adopted son, Bart Robey, (soon to make a name for himself in the Quarter Horse industry) could lead him around when Bart was only 5 years old.
In Jo An’s opinion the best Harlan foals in the show ring were Jim Harlan and Harlan’s Tyree – About Jim Harlan she said, “he was the best ‘halter’ horse, and was bred by Jim Nance and out of Nancy Squaw . . . Harlan’s Tyree could win grand at halter, then go win the pleasure and the reining.”
In 1973 Harlan had a stroke and bred only a few mares that year. Then on May 23, 1973 he took a turn for the worse. “Bart went and brought him home. He is buried next to my old buckskin mare, Oklahoma Rosie. We bought her in 1949 when she was 18 months old – had her longer than Harlan,” said Jo An Robey. Jo An said they took a break after Harlan died.
Bob developed an interest in racing (he was probably remembering old Squaw H). The racing interest lasted until they saw Harlan Okmulgee. They went to see some two year olds sell at the Oklahoma Spring Sale and were really impressed with this Harlan son’s siring ability. Bob had the Harlan fever again. They started breeding mares to Harlan Okmulgee and now stand a son of his at stud, Jodie Bob Harlan or “JB” for short. JB is linebred to Harlan and carries 37.5% of his grandsire’s blood, and also figures out to being 94% Foundation Quarter Horse. JB is only a 1992 model and buckskin to boot.
Harlan was inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2006.
G F “Jack” Anderson caught Quarter Horse fever in 1948 when the Association was just getting off the ground.
He was born in St. Joseph, MO, the only son of Glenn and Luella Anderson. His interest in horses came from the time he spent as a boy on his grandfather’s horse and mule farm.
Jack was a hard worker all of his life and was a great student and athlete. He earned a football scholarship to Missouri University but enlisted in the Naval Air Force and flew Corsairs off aircraft carriers in the South Pacific during WWII. He received a BA in political science from Westminster College where he was president of the student body and earned an internship to American University in Washington, DC
After service as a Naval Aviator during World War II, he returned to Missouri and entered Westminster College. After graduating college, he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and got involved in the oil boom. With a good judgment and a little luck, Anderson was able to parlay his stake into some real money as an independent operator
Breeding for the blondes, he dipped into the yellow vat of Hank Wiescamp’s lines to increase his chances of striking gold – palomino gold, that is. He had a special fondness for yellow horses, and set out to breed them. He bred palomino stallions to sorrel mares in the pursuit of yellow foals. Then he went to the king breeder of the yellow horse, Wiescamp, and partnered with a friend on a colt named Sir Barton by Spot Cash by Skipper W. Later he bought a son of Skipper W called Skipador W. Other stallions he owned were Bos’n, Taco Bar, Beatle Luck and part interest in a full brother to Zan Parr Bar named Par’s Music Bar. One of the best colts Anderson raised was Buzzie Bars, by Bud Warren’s great horse, Sugar Bars and out of a yellow daughter of Bos’n. Buzzie Bars stood grand champion at 50 Palomino Horse Breeders of America horse shows, but went blind after being retired to stud.
Jack married Genelle Martin and spent the rest of his life in Tulsa and Broken Arrow. He was in the oil business, traded in real estate and on the Bent Arrow Ranch, he raised champion Palominos and giant homing pigeons. His wife, Genelle died in 1993. A few years later, he re-discovered his former high school sweetheart, Lynn Bowen Mensch at their 55th high school reunion and they were married in November of 1997.
Anderson was president of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, Oklahoma Palomino Exhibitor Association and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association. He was elected to AQHA Director in 1971, and served on the public information committee. In 1974, when the AJQHA World Championship Show moved to Tulsa, Anderson served on the youth activities committee, and was a major force in the volunteer group in Tulsa that hosted the show. He was elected to AQHA’s executive committee in 1979 and became president in 1983.
Anderson was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1996, the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2006, the Palomino Horse Breeders of America Hall of Fame and died in 2008.
Harold W. “Huddy” Hudspeth of Bixby, Oklahoma, listed his occupation as “semiretired horse trainer.” An ever-present member of the AQHA World Show ring crew since the show moved to Oklahoma City in 1976, Hudspeth judged the first World Show in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1974. In 1980 and 1987, he helped select the world champions in Oklahoma City.
At 16, Hudspeth began breaking horses for local ranches. He learned mainly from one of his father’s hired hands and from doing it himself. “You can’t read how to do it or even be told from an expert… it comes only from the experience of being around horses every day,” he says. “In order to make it as a trainer, you have to be able to think like a horse.” Hudspeth specialized in cutting, roping, reining and honesty. He could tell within 30 days if the horse had the characteristics of a winning horse or not. Hudspeth took a short break from training in the 1940s when he flew 33 B-24 bombing missions over German territory during World War II. He received his judging card in 1966, then judged 25 to 27 Quarter Horse shows each year, along with almost a dozen other breed association shows. Hudspeth traveled to most of his judging assignments in his four-seat Bonanza aircraft. He retired at the age of 70. A life member of AQHA, Hudspeth was a member of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association for 40 years. He served on the AQHA Judges Committee and, in 1983, was named AQHA Honorary Vice President. In 1999, he was recognized by his ring-crew peers, most of them young enough to be his grandsons, with a World Show jacket for his years of work in the arena. Hudspeth was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000, the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2006 aHHand died in July of 2006.
M O “Bud” Breeding made a large impact on the Quarter Horse industry. But his love affair with Quarter Horses did not begin until he was almost 40, when he became the owner of a registered mare, her yearling and her weanling. “I came home from the office one day, and my first wife told me she had bought three horses. That’s how it all started,” Bud said at the time of his Hall of Fame induction in 2002. “She took the dog to the vet one day, and the vet had three horses that he thought she ought to have. He knew that she wanted them more than he did. So he sold them to her.” This purchase led to an impressive breeding and show record that included Harlan, Nick’s Rusty Leo and Red Okie Bars. Overall, Bud raised and owned more than 100 AQHA point-earners and seven AQHA Champions. While Bud had his share of good horses, his largest contribution to AQHA was through proving support for shows and the industry. He wrote the constitution and bylaws for the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association and the Oklahoma Amateur Quarter Horse Association. He also drafted the format for the AQHA World Championship Show. He revised the AQHA Champion rule in 1968, served on the show and contest committee for 20 years and added his expertise to the AQHA Board of Directors for 34 years. Bud was named an AQHA honorary vice president in 1987. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2006.