World Grand Champion in 1968
GO BOY'S ROYAL HEIR 621577
World's Grand Champion 1968
Go Boy's Royal Heir was foaled the property of T. J. Raney and Howard
Binns of Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 5, 1960. His sire was
Merry Go Boy, the World's Grand Champion Walking Horse in both 1947
and 1948, and he was out of Merry Marquita by Sir MauGray. His
second dam, Strauss' Merry Maid was by old Merry Boy and his third dam
was a daughter of King Denmark. Foundation animals appear twelve
times in the third and fourth generations of his pedigree.
Go Boy's Royal Heir was named Go Glen Boy when first registered.
He was not shown as a two-year-old. He was worked as a
three-year-old by Percy Moss in Bastrop, Louisiana, and, later that
year, he was moved to the E. L. Burgess Stables in Sherrill, Arkansas.
During the winter of 1964-1965 Steve Hill swapped for one half
interest in Go Boy's Royal Heir and the future champion was moved to
the Steve Hill Stables, in Beechgrove, Tennessee. Later that
season, Dwain Clark of Beverly Hills, California, and W. M. Duncan of
Inverness, Mississippi purchased the horse and he was shown at the
Celebration that year by Steve Hill. 1965 was the last
year that four-year-olds were shown as aged horses, and Royal Heir
placed second in the aged stallion class and third in the Grand
Championship Stake event that year. Later that fall, Steve
won both the Junior Stake and Grand Championship Stake with Go Boy's
Royal Heir at the Chicago International.
At the 1966
Celebration Horse Show, still the property of Clark and Duncan,
Royal Heir was again second in the stallion class.
During that particular class, an accident inside the ring just as
the horses were being lined up broke several of Steve's ribs and
bruised the shoulder of Royal Heir. The Official
Veterinarian recommended that Royal Heir not be shown later that
week in the Grand Championship Walking Horse Stake.
During the spring of 1967 Royal Heir was sold to Dr. and Mrs. C. L.
Sexton of Florence, South Carolina as a mount for their
granddaughter, Candace Williams, of Fayetteville, North Carolina,
and the horse was moved to the stables of Donald Paschal in
night, 1968, presented a filled stadium for the Grand Championship.
Nineteen horses, the largest stake event ever at the Celebration
grounds, entered the ring individually as their entry numbers were
called that night. The field was finally narrowed down to
twelve horses, and from that twelve, Go Boy's Royal Heir and three
others were called to the rail for a final workout. The
applause of the enthusiastic crowd assured that the selection of Go
Boy's Royal Heir as the 1968 Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World
was a popular decision.
Under the tutelage of Donald Paschal, Go Boy's Royal Heir had been
declared first in the stallion class and repeated his memorable
demonstration of true walking gaits to win the coveted big stake.
The 1968 Grand Championship marked the first time for a mount of
Donald Paschal to receive that distinction.
Candace Williams won both the class for Owner/Amateur Stallions and
the Owner-Amateur Riders.
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