Western Gunslinger Dies

Western Gunslinger, two-time American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) halter world champion and world champion sire, succumbed to complications from an intestinal tumor on Feb. 6, 2014.

“He fulfilled our dreams and proved himself to be a very special horse,” owners Donnie and Lisa King said in a statement on their website

The 2007 sorrel stallion, by Golden Gunslinger and out of Western N Coolest, was named the AQHA 2008 Open World Champion Yearling Stallion and Amateur Reserve World Champion, and that same year, also unanimously earned the title of Congress Champion Halter Stallion.

In 2009, Western Gunslinger won the 2-year-old Open Division World Champion title. With Lisa King at the shank, he also won the Amateur Yearling Stallions Reserve World Championship.

At the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Western Gunslinger sons won back-to-back Congress Championships: Smithnwesson in Yearling Stallions and Kings’ Secret Gunfighter in the 2-Year-Old Stallions class.

And by the time Western Gunslinger’s third foal crop hit the ground, he'd already made the leading sires list.

During his short lifetime, Western Gunslinger sired 103 registered foals—46 of which compete in the show pen—which have earned three world championships, three reserve world championships, 1,628.5 points, 32 halter registers of merit, and nine AQHA superior halter awards. They have accumulated more than $22,632 in AQHA World Championship show monies. He also has produced offspring that have accumulated Palomino Horse Breeders’ points.

Western Gunslinger was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rolling of Luverne, Ala. and purchased by the Kings, of Kings Quarter Horses in Crescent City, Fla., in April 2008. He stood at Doug Tallent Quarter Horses in Vale, N.C.

About the Author

Diane E. Rice

Diane E. Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then melded her education and her lifelong passion for horses in an editorial position at Appaloosa Journal. She currently works as a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and photographer and has served on American Horse Publications’ board of directors. Rice spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and with her daughters, grandchildren, and pets.

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