The first time
I ever saw Boone’s Little Buckeroo I was showing
at the State Fair of Texas in 1983. That happened to also be the National
Show for the year. I was going to the arena to watch a class and ran into
Lowell Boone. I stopped to visit. He was waiting to go into the ring with
the most delicate, gorgeous horse that I had ever seen. I had heard about
a buckskin colt that he had been showing and that he had won the
championship in the 1980 and 1981 national show put on by the
International Miniature Horse Registry.
All I had heard did not do this little horse justice! Through the years I
have seen only a handful of miniature stallions that seemed to be in a
class all of their own. Bond Sir Galahad, Prince Tennessee of Monashee,
and Boone’s Little Buckeroo - such refinement, small size, and elegance
that they seem more like gazelles than horses. Justice can never be done
camera with a horse like this….beautiful pictures exist, yes, but until
you walk up to them in the flesh you cannot imagine the delicacy that they
Sometime later I heard that the Eberths were getting into the miniature
horse business in a big way. They had bought a group of mares from Bob
Bridges and had talked Lowell into selling Buckeroo to head their breeding
program. The rest, as they say, is history.
The following two articles were published in The Miniature Horse May-June,
1997, and are used by permission of the authors who can tell the whole
story so much better than I. (Click on the authors names below
to view the articles).
dictionary defines "odyssey" as any long journey with many
Buckeroo's story is truly an odyssey. The odyssey begins...
The odyssey continues...
Robin and Marianne Eberth
following was a note that John Eberth posted on a miniature horse
discussion board, Lil Beginnings, February 26, 2002, when the discussion
turned to Buckeroo.
has been said that "word of mouth is the best advertising".
Growing up, my family did not spend a million dollars advertising Buckeroo.
My mom did not put an ad of Buckeroo in every issue of every
magazine printed, like some farms have done to push their stallions to try
and make people believe that the stallion is that great. My mom
still does not do that. If you spend enough money and say something
enough times sooner or later people will believe that blue is purple.
However, once the farm is gone or once the stallion has died, did
those stallions and their offspring still bring the prices and were they
considered great stallions by other well established breeders. Buckeroo
is just now seeing the "popularity hype" that some other
stallions saw much earlier in the stallions lives. Do those
stallions still bring high prices, some do because they actually produce
great quality offspring, while others totally were valuable because
someone spent a lot of money saying the offspring were great quality.
It has also been said that "the proof is in the offspring".
There are very few stallions that their offspring have value after
the stallions are dead or non-productive, pay attention to those
bloodlines and where they came from and what horses have those bloodlines
now, and the values they have. Pay attention to older established
breeders and the broodstock they use and the pedigrees behind those
horses, that will tell you what bloodlines are truly valuable. Prepotency
is the true test of a great stallion. Grand-get and great-grand get
with qualities of a famous stallion show dominant genes that are desired
and can still be passed on.