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Legend: Snipper W

The accomplished dun gelding Snipper W earned one of the first two AQHA Champion titles.

Snipper W (Journal file photo)

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By Larri Jo Starkey for The American Quarter Horse Journal

When you read the headline on this page, you probably thought it was a typo.

But it's not. Snipper W was one of the first AQHA Champions. That’s right. Snipper, not Skipper.

So who was this horse from the same era?

Snipper W was a 1946 dun gelding by Pretty Buck and out of Snipette by Blackburn. He was bred by E. Paul Waggoner of Vernon, Texas, and was last owned by D. H. Braman Jr. of Refugio, Texas.

Snipper W earned his AQHA Champion title in July 1951 -- one of the first two AQHA Champion titles awarded along with Little Egypt.

Snipper W was the National Cutting Horse Association world champion in 1953, and the reserve NCHA world champion in 1952 and 1957. He earned AQHA Superiors in halter and in cutting.