Brooks Egyptian King
King, who started a dynasty! Certainly one of, if not the most
well-known, best-promoted, and most outstanding sires in the history of
miniature horses. King, as of the end of 2001, has sired 234 foals, with
37 of them garnering the title of National Champion or Reserve National
Champion! And his grand-get and great-grand-get continue the tradition so
nobly started by the King! The 1999 National Show showed the strength of
the line with over 150 Top Ten finishers being descendants of King!
As reported in The Horseman's Report by Ron Youngblood , and later
noted in the NFC sales catalogs:
"In 1980 Bob Erwin bought his wife Sandy a Christmas present; now
that's not unusual, but the present was. Sandy's present was an 8 month
old miniature horse named Egyptian King. Initially Egyptian King lived in
the Erwin's backyard in Dallas where Bob operates a successful insurance
business. Bob and Sandy became more interested in miniature horses, and
they decided to make their miniature horse hobby into a business with the
same goals as other large successful big horse breeds, simply to produce
superior quality horses.
through acquiring the best breeding foundation stock available, an
organized professional breeding program designed to improve the breed, a
facility to enable professional breeding, training and showing, and most
importantly securing the best available personnel, the Erwins are
beginning to realize their goals.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating. When
the smoke had cleared at the 1986 National Championships, NFC had won 6
out of 8 of them, and most interesting, Sandy's little 8-month-old
stallion Christmas Gift, now an 11 year old, was the National Grand
King is retired to breeding and Sandy continues to enjoy and love her
favorite horse, anxiously awaiting his get each year and closely following
them in the show ring.
Miniatures are fun, heart warming, a good investment, and can fill a big
part of your life."
Bob and Sandy
Erwin and NFC Miniature Horse Farm continued to set the standard for the
industry throughout the eighties and then, because of many other business
interests, dispersed their herd in 1993, with the exception of King and
Meggin, a mare that had come along with King that Christmas, some thirteen
years earlier. In 1995, Bob died very unexpectedly and suddenly. I wrote
the following article at the request of The Journal:
"Bob Erwin, noted miniature breeder, died at his home in Dallas,
Texas, on Thursday morning, May 11, 1995. He founded NFC Marketing
Associates in 1976 and also founded National Family Care Life Insurance
company. A Christmas present to his wife, Sandy, started him in the
miniature horse business, and set the standard for the industry, winning
an unprecedented six National Grand Championships in 1986. His production
sales in the 1980s set the price standard for the industry. The following
is an excerpt from an article that I wrote in 1993 on the occasion of his
dispersal sale in Oklahoma City:
Weekend to Remember--
The Sale of the Century
Heritage Place in Oklahoma City was a
fitting setting for what was billed as "The Sale of the Century"
as miniature fanciers from coast to coast gathered for the opportunity to
purchase one of the horses of the famed NFC Farm dispersal. Those who came
were not to be disappointed... the offering of 356 animals was excellently
fit and presented for its walk into history. Bob and Sandy Erwin, owners
of NFC Farm, were on hand to play host and answer questions from the
hundreds of spectators. This endeavor started some thirteen years ago, in
1980, when Bob bought Sandy a Christmas present, an eight-month-old
miniature horse, Egyptian King!
Those who have been in the business for a few weeks or more know, as Paul
Harvey says, "The rest of the story." But for those who are new,
let's take a look back.
At first, King lived in the backyard of the Erwin's home in an elegant
section north of downtown Dallas, not far from their insurance company
office. He was joined shortly by a filly, Meggin. From that first pair of
miniatures, their interest grew, and soon they were looking for a place to
board their pair so that they could add to them.
They called around and found that there was a nun down in Corpus Christi
who raised miniatures. Soon they struck a deal that was a WIN/WIN
situation. They would help the Monastery in their plans and in return they
would show King and take care of the Erwin's growing group of miniatures.
Perhaps the late Sister Bernadette said it best in her book, Sister
Bernadette, Cowboy Nun from Texas:
"One day I received a call from a
gentleman in Dallas who told me he had purchased a miniature horse for his
wife for Christmas. 'I think it's a nice looking horse,' he said. 'Would
you be willing to show it for us?" That began a long association with
Bob and Sandy Erwin who, after their horse Egyptian King shot to stardom
the first time we showed him, started buying small mares which we kept in
our stables. Soon they owned forty minis. With Bob's financial help, we
built a beautiful sixty-stall show barn....'"
Later, after Bob and Sandy decided that they wanted their horses closer to
home, they bought the farm near Whitesboro. They continued to help Sister
Bernadette. In fact, later in her book she refers to a time when she
needed $25,000 to put down on the new location in Brenham. She notes that
a phone call was made and she had the money. Not noted in the book is that
the phone call was to Bob Erwin.
Their place in history of miniatures was secure when, in 1986, they won
six of the eight National Championships that were available at that time.
Their showstring was well known from coast to coast for the following
years with records too numerous to elaborate in this article, but suffice
it to say that their record will stand for a long time to come.
The charity of the Erwins is great, and much greater than publicly known.
A donation of a filly to the KERA Public TV station started one family in
the business and whetted the appetite of many more. Donations of other
horses have helped raise money for many other groups including the
Southwest Miniature Horse Club and the National AMHA Youth Group to name
just a few.
They took a great interest in our young people, sponsoring my daughter,
Lisa Greaves, and Cheri Chauvin in beauty pageants. They helped Keeble
Carmichael stay in the miniature horse business and with the dispersing of
her horse that Bob had kept for her, helped finance her education through
law school. They also helped many people upgrade their stock when they
couldn't afford it by financing their purchases.
Starting in 1987, the Erwins had an annual production sale and one
consignment sale, culminating May 14 and 15, 1993, with their dispersal.
The sales set the standard for the industry with the sales averaging from
$8,293 to $14,295.
All in all, it was an emotionally thrilling and draining weekend. When
Boogerman walked into the ring I got choked up talking about him and his
history, and more than a few teary eyes were noted as the audience
applauded the final buyers and Jackie Crisp and groom, Tito, who had
figured so heavily in his career. It took all of the muster I could find
to finish reading the pedigree of the last horse, because he was led into
the ring by Sandy. When I finished my talk and the auctioneer started to
sell him I had to turn my back on the crowd, spotted Bob, and broke into
tears... it wasn't a funeral, but to me, it was just as emotional. Thank
you Bob and Sandy, for what you have done for the industry, and thank you
for your friendship. I hope that this is not the end of an era, but only
an intermission in a great, great show... after all, you still have King
Unfortunately, the intermission is over, and Bob will not return for an
encore. Many people who did not know him only thought of him as a fierce
competitor, and that he was. He loved to win at everything he did, and
usually did. But to all who really knew him, he was known as a true
humanitarian who was more than generous with all whom he came in contact.
I join the many who mourn the loss!"
Brooks Egyptian King's titles:
1983 SENIOR STALLIONS RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION
1983 SENIOR STALLIONS OVER 30" TO 32" NATIONAL CHAMPION
1986 SENIOR STALLION NATIONAL GRAND CHAMPION
After the sale of their horses, King was leased to Grosshill Farms until
the year 2000, at which time he returns home to Sandy. He will be twenty
at the start of the millennium....who knows, could it be that "He's
only just begun?"