The Odyssey Continues
by Robin and Marianne Eberth
In 1980 our family attended the International Miniature Horse Nationals in Murray, Kentucky. A man with a pleasant demeanor, quick step and a large, proud, contagious smile took into the show ring a young stallion with large eyes, full of life, competitively fit, athletically animated with exceptionally beautiful color. I could not take my eyes off him. He was chosen National Grand Champion Stallion on that day. He was Buckeroo.
In 1981, I saw the same young stallion over and over again. Always brilliant, always animated, always fit and beautiful, always different and distinctively alert, with incomparable presence and self confidence, always winning and always with the same cheerful man at the end of his lead.
After several inquiries into, "Who was this horse?" and "Where did he come from?" admiration and curiosity led us quickly to his respected and proud owner, Lowell Boone. Our friendship began.
In 1982, Buckeroo broke a front leg in an accident. It required a great deal of care, attention and patience from this dedicated owner. The result was a near perfect Buckeroo who continued to compete with an unfaltering winning record.
In the summer of 1983, Ed and I talked about buying a son of Buckeroo, and called Lowell to inquire about Buckeroo 2nd. Lowell casually asked, "Why don't you just buy Buckeroo?" It was really not in our wildest dreams and certainly not in our checkbook, but after discussing it for many hours and considering the possibilities and reasons to take on such a lifestyle-altering project, we decided Buckeroo should be the foundation of our breeding program. We then had to convince the bank that Buckeroo would be a wise investment for our family and business. When I went to pick up Buckeroo, Lowell was preparing to go to the hospital for open heart surgery the next day. As I sat in the kitchen and wrote a check for $100,000, I was not only apprehensive, but my heart hurt for this man who was experiencing a critical time in his life and selling a horse I felt was the most beautiful miniature horse I had ever seen and I know he felt that also.
In September 1983, one month after his surgery, Lowell and Buckeroo together won the 1983 AMHA National Champion Senior Stallion title. Once again, I was able to see the bond and respect both Buckeroo and Lowell had for each other.
Along with relative blind optimism, excitement and a total family commitment, we entered into a horse breeding venture that has become a personal goal and commitment fulfilled only because of the ability of one great horse that reproduces his gentle demeanor, unmistakable brilliance and show ring presence and correctness.
There aren't many "greats," nor are there many real "legends." Many are just called that for promotion and advertising. I believe that to have such a title and deserve it, a stallion must reproduce consistently excellent quality that carries on generationally and one that withstands the ebbs and flows and fads of the industry. Ray Zoercher once called this "staying power" in relation to some great Arabian stallions. Many horses are "flyers" or "flashes in the pan" who have excellent show ring performance, but never go home to the breeding shed and produce winners, even when bred to excellent, show proven mares, "paying high stud fees."
Sure I am partial, but my admiration and loyalty to Buckeroo stems from his ability to pepotently pass his correctness and the "Look At Me Look" on to his babies who in turn pass it on to their offspring. To me, that is a "great horse." When we sell Buckeroo get, we can be confident that not only the horse, but its offspring will please the owners and also be competitive and carry on the unmistakable look and attitude of Buckeroo.
Many well-known and highly promoted stallions have had the opportunity to be bred to very expensive mares who are show ring champions, but Buckeroo has been bred to good, solid, correct mares, most have been unproven in the show ring, and many with unproven pedigrees. Yet, Buckeroo has produced many National Champions from these mares. Such mares have produced horses such as L.K. Buck Echo, L.K. Locomotion, L.K. Buckeroo Times Two, L.K. Buck Easy, L.K. Madam Buckeroo, L.K. Black Velvet, L.K. Bonsai Buckeroo, L.K. Bullet Buckeroo, Spice of Life Saffron, Boones Little Buckeroo 2nd, L.K. Buckeroo Extasy, L.K. Buckeroo DeJaVu....
Few miniature stallions boast get who are champions in halter and performance. Such get and grand-get as L.K. Debonaire, Spice of Life Saffron, L.K. Buck Easy, L.K. Bolero and L.K. Little Bucker are Champions and National Champions in Driving. They all have outstanding natural action and balance, great extension and hock action and also the "Look At Me" presence and love of the show ring. They are true athletes of our breed.
What's with color? I honestly do not know. Buckskin is attractive, it stands out in a crowd. But I honestly feel buckskin is just the "icing on the cake." Whatever it is, it's like a magnet in the show ring.
Our wonderful and successful experiences in breeding miniature horses throughout the past 20+ years are largely due to Buckeroo. His uniqueness makes it easy for us to achieve the consistency and brilliance we so love. Our children owe Buckeroo for their positive experiences in the beginning and throughout their show ring careers. I will never forget John and Locomotion, Robin and Bolero, Heather's experience in our first of three National Champion Get of Sire wins and, of course, Brian and our wonderful Madam. Without Buckeroo, we would not have been offered the pleasures and enjoyment of watching our accomplishments proven by the get and grand-get Buckeroo has sired. It has brought great joy and fulfillment for our family. We stop and wonder, "What would this farm be without Buckeroo?"
As Buckeroo approaches his 20th birthday and we continue to breed him along with Buck Echo and Buckeroo Too, we see many great horses in the future. We are confident Buckeroo's get and grand-get will carry on the "Unmistakable Buckeroo Look" for many generations to come.
(A Buckeroo daughter, L.K. Buck Angelica, was the high-selling horse at THE Miniature Event this year. In 1996, a Buckeroo colt was the high selling colt at the Event, L.K. Bentley Buckeroo.)
The following are National Champion Titles of Buckeroo get according to the AMHA Studbook On-Line, September 5, 2001:
BOONES LITTLE BUCKEROO 2ND
1986 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
1992 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
BOONES LITTLE MISS BUCKETTE
1997 YOUTH 13 AND OVER WITH JUNIOR MARE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1998 SENIOR MARES OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
1998 SENIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BANSHEE BUCKEROO
1992 YOUTH 13 AND OVER WITH JUNIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BIANCA BUCKEROO
1997 SENIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1997 SENIOR MARES OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BOLERO
1994 YOUTH SINGLE PLEASURE DRIVING NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCK ANGELICA
1997 YEARLING MARES 28" AND UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPION
1998 TWO-YEAR-OLD MARES OVER 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCK EASY
1997 SINGLE PLEASURE DRIVING OVER 32-34" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCK ECHO
1992 JUNIOR STALLION RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1992 TWO-YEAR-OLD STALLIONS 30" & UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPION
1993 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 28" TO 30" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1994 SENIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1994 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCKEROO BACCARRA
2000 AMATEUR SENIOR STALLION LEV 2 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2000 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 32" TO 34" NATIONAL CHAMPION
2000 SENIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
2000 AMATEUR GRAND CHAMPION STALLION NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCKEROO BONSAI
1999 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 32" TO 34" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCKEROO DEJAVU
1993 JUNIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1993 TWO-YEAR-OLD MARES 30" AND UNDER NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCKEROO EXTASY
1992 SENIOR MARES OVER 30" TO 32" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1992 YOUTH 13 AND OVER WITH SENIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCKEROO ICON
2000 SOLID COLOR STALLIONS AND GELDINGS RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS BUCKEROOS ELEGANT MISS
1998 AMATEUR SENIOR MARE LEV 1 RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1998 SENIOR MARES OVER 32" TO 34" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS EVITA BUCKEROO
2000 SOLID COLOR MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
2000 TWO-YEAR-OLD MARES OVER 28" TO 30" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS GALA BUCKEROO
1995 YOUTH 12 AND UNDER WITH SENIOR MARE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS LF BUCKEROO ZORRO
2000 JUNIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
2000 YEARLING STALLIONS OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS LITTLE BUCKER
1990 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 28" TO 30" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1995 LADIES' ROADSTER RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS LOCOMOTION
1991 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 32" TO 34" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS MADAM BUCKEROO
1992 YEARLING MARES OVER 28" TO 32" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1993 TWO-YEAR-OLD MARES OVER 30" TO 33" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1994 YOUTH 12 AND UNDER WITH SENIOR MARE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1994 YOUTH 13 AND OVER WITH SENIOR MARE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1995 SENIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1995 SENIOR MARES OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS MISS BAY BUCKEROO
1994 YEARLING MARES OVER 28" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
1994 SOLID COLOR MARES NATIONAL CHAMPION
LITTLE KINGS MISS BUCKEROO
1988 SENIOR MARE RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
1988 SENIOR MARES OVER 32" TO 34" RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
SPICE OF LIFE SAFFRON
1988 YOUTH WITH SENIOR MARE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1991 OPEN SINGLE PLEASURE DRIVING NATIONAL CHAMPION
1991 SINGLE PLEASURE DRIVING MARES RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1996 PRODUCE OF DAM NATIONAL CHAMPION
3 NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPIONS
6 RESERVE NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPIONS
29 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
14 RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS