I had the pleasure of seeing Ebony Masterpiece at Celebration in 1963. I will NEVER forget the announcer saying "Ladies and Gentlemen...the Grand Champion Walking Horse of the World" and Ebony Masterpiece charged through the gate in a running walk in the spotlight. It was the most thrilling thing I have ever seen. Are there any videos or DVDs of any of his performances. I would love to have some or more for my collection. I hope that I hear from somebody soon. Needles to say, as far as I am concerned, there will never be a horse like Ebony Masterpiece.
Ebony Masterpiece was retired to stud following his 1962 win and went on to sire many many champion foals. He has the distinction of producing the highest number of
|Ebony Masterpiece, with 11 year old rider, Karen
Photo contributed by Judy Crunk of Green Valley Farm.
|Ebony Masterpiece's headstone at the S. W. Beech Stables|
Ebony Masterpiece was not shown at the 1961 Celebration, but that fall following the Celebration, Sam Paschal showed him and he was a consistent winner then and through the spring and summer of 1962.
In 1957, Ebony Masterpiece was tied third in the class for Stallions and Geldings, Two-Year-Olds. He was tied first in the Two-Year-Old Championship Stake later that week. Troubled by a quarter-crack and a bowed tendon, Masterpiece was turned out to pasture, following this win, and it was not until late in the fall of his fourth year, that he was saddled again and started into training once more.