World Grand Champion in 1957

Sun's Jet Parade carried the bloodlines of both Midnight Sun and Merry Boy.  His dam, Merry Sue 380481 was by old Merry Boy 350189, her dam, Dainty Lady, was by Giovanni and the third dam was a daughter of Eph Lexington who had a pacing record of 2.06.   Merry Sue was registered and first owned by W. H. Davis of Wartrace, Tennessee and she had eight colts.   Three of these have been by Midnight Sun.   She was the dam of Diamond Merry Boy and the sensational winner, Merry Boy Skipper.
Wayne Longmire of Knoxville, Tennessee was the breeder of record on Sun's Jet Parade and he was registered as a colt under the name Security Sun.   He was a black stallion and was foaled in 1951. A star was his only marking.

E. P. Riley of Gainesville, Georgia owned Jet Parade as a two-year-old and sold him to Boyce Hogan of Washington, Georgia.  It was at the Dixie Jubilee in Baton Rouge in the fall of 1956 that G. G. Gardebled bought Jet Parade.  Sun's Jet Parade was the third of Midnight Sun's get to be declared winner of the Grand Championship Stake at the Celebration.  Jet Parade's dam was Merry Sue 380481 by old Merry Boy 350189.  The dam of Merry Sue was Dainty Lady 360022 by Giovanni 370291 by Dandy Jim II (1531 ASR).

Boyce Hogan retained Vic Thompson of Shelbyville, Tennessee as trainer of Sun's Jet Parade and, at the 1956 Celebration Horse Show, he tied reserve in one of the most competitive events ever held there for stallions, four-years-old and over.  In the Grand Championship Stake, also in 1956, Jet Parade was tied fourth.  G. G. Gardebled of New Orleans, Louisiana was owner of Sun's Jet Parade when this 'good doing' stallion was declared Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World in 1957.

Mr. Gardebled was present at the Dixie Jubilee when Jet won the stallion and gelding class. He admired the style and action he saw in the winner of that class and, before the stake event which concluded the Jubilee Show, purchased his present champion.  Jet Parade was grand champion of the 1956 Dixie Jubilee the following night.

Jet Parade was trained and shown by Vic Thompson throughout his great victories and was destined for a promising career as a sire until his untimely death.

Vic Thompson and Sun's Jet Parade won a leg on the famous Musgrave Challenge Trophy at the 1957 Celebration.   Sun's Jet Parade had been undefeated prior to the Celebration.


Jet Parade, under the tutelage of Vic Thompson, was undefeated prior to Celebration time in 1957 and was one of the horses most talked about as a possible winner of the big stake that year.   He was declared winner of the event for four-years-old and over stallions, defeating as he won, two stallions destined in later years to be themselves declared Grand Champions of the World.   Jet Parade followed his outstanding performance in the stallion class by a decisive win in the final class to be designated as Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World for the year 1957.

All of the wins in the career of Sun's Jet Parade were under the tutelage of his trainer, Vic Thompson, of Shelbyville, Tennessee.

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