Some might view it accidental, others might think of it as simply a coincidence, and there might be some who will consider it an unusual and somewhat eerie quirk of fate. But, whatever the viewpoint, the fact remains that a few minutes ago we inducted the great stallion, Bert, and now we are honoring one of his outstanding daughters, Trixie Blake.
Trixie Blake was foaled in 1939, by Bert and out of Oklahoma Blake by Oklahoma Star. She was acquired by the Fisher Ranch of Eufaula, Oklahoma, in 1952 at the Tulsa State Fair, where she was being shown in the mare and foal class. Fisher Ranch was subsequently the breeder and owner of eight of Trixie Blake’s foals.
The one thing that sets Trixie Blake apart from other Quarter Horse mares is that she was the first and maybe the only mare to foal three AQHA Champions by three different sires. The first was Susette Clapper by Oklahoma Star, Jr., next was Janie Bert Watts by Bert and the third was Bert Leo by Leo San.
It is difficult to separate Trixie Blake from the Fisher Ranch, which, like the Stuart Ranch, is family owned and operated. Roy Fisher, his wife, daughter and two of their four sons work full time on their 25,000 acre ranch. They have one of the top commercial Angus cattle herds in the State, and their 60 year old horse program has been recognized by the AQHA with an award for 50 years of continuous Quarter Horse breeding.
In the early 1940’s the ranch acquired its first registered Quarter Horse along with a Palomino stallion by Question Mark. They acquired their first Bert mare in 1949 and by 1958 they had eight Bert-bred broodmares. In 1968, with the help of Andy Kinkead, who was the head of the horse department at Oklahoma State University, they acquired Guthrie Double Star, an 18 year old stallion by Oklahoma Star. The Bert – Oklahoma Star cross has been tremendously successful.
As a fitting tribute to Trixie Blake, it is interesting to note that 70% of the broodmares on the Fisher ranch have some Trixie Blake blood coursing through their veins.