Accomplishments of the U.S. Remount Service
There is absolutely no doubt that the high quality government stallions made available to breeders from 1920 to 1948 definitely influenced America’s light horses for the better. The program, originally founded to provide a pool of usable cavalry mounts, gave breeders a genetic base to produce an outstanding animal. A horse which would serve as a functional cavalry mount was also more than suitable for ranch, sporting and pleasure use. Such horses could be sold at a premium, even at a time when an average animal had little value. Those breeding programs laid the groundwork for the generations of American horses to come and established the criteria for quality.
Many large cattle ranchers took advantage of the army’s breeding program to raise better saddle horses. Not only did they have more effective horses, but they improved employee relations. They had learned that having a good string of saddle horses was an added inducement towards keeping top cowboys on the payroll. A number of those ranches expanded their breeding programs beyond what was necessary to raise their own remounts. The managers discovered there was always a market for good saddle horses, including the army.
Countless well-known Quarter Horse stallions and mares trace their ancestry back to one or more Remount stallions. These descendants have left their mark and made an impact on every discipline. Sixty-nine of the 99 horses currently inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame trace back to one or more Remount stallions.
These Hall of Fame horses are a small representation of the excellence in every discipline that has been passed through the generations of Remount stallion descendants.
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