This American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer blended with Doc Bar to create a horse-breeding legacy.
January 1, 0001
From the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
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Bred by E. Paul Waggoner’s Three D Stock farm, which also owned his sire, Poco Bueno, Poco Tivio was foaled in 1947, one of only two foals by the Hall of Fame stallion that year. “Tivio” was the first foal out of a then-4-year-old mare named Sheilwin, who went on to greatness by producing the legendary cutting
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When Tivio was 3 and already started in cutting training under Pine Johnson, he sold to a Fort Worth, Texas, car dealer named Cliff Magers for $5,000. Milt Bennett took over the horse’s training for a year until Don Dodge, another legend and American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer, bought the stallion for $15,000, reportedly the highest price ever paid for a cutting horse at the time.
Immediately, the pair started winning. In 1951 and 1952, they placed fifth in the National Cutting Horse Association year-end top 10. In 1952, Don showed Tivio to his AQHA Champion title, consistently winning in both cutting and halter.
“He was one of the best when it came to holding some of those super-tough cows,” Don said in a Western Horseman “Legends” book. “He wanted the challenge of a tough cow; he never performed quite as well if the cattle were soft.”
Soon Don retired Tivio and stood him to outside mares for $300. But it wasn’t long before the trainer had Poco Lena, Tivio’s full sister, in his barn. So, Don sold Tivio to California horseman Charley Araujo.
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As a stallion, Poco Tivio was known for passing on his low-key temperament and flashy working style. His offspring showed as well in halter as in cutting. Tivio’s best-known offspring include Johnny Tivio; Susie’s Bay, Teresa Tivio, Jameen Tivio, Casey Tivio and Old Tivio.
Tivio received the NCHA Certificate of Ability Bronze Award, had $11,000 in NCHA earnings and is a member of the Working Cow Horse Hall of Fame. He sired 308 registered foals in 25 crops. Of those, 81 were AQHA point earners, 10 were AQHA Champions, 26 were ROM earners, and six were Superior award winners who won 10 Superior performance awards in five events.
His daughters have produced the winners of more than $2.2 million in AQHA, NCHA, National Reining Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association competition, according to AQHA records. The foals of those mares have earned 6,641 AQHA points in halter and performance, 10 open and youth world championships and two open reserve world championships.
Teresa Tivio produced Doc’s Haida by Doc Bar. Doc’s Haida was an AQHA Champion and a three-time AQHA world champion who earned more than $67,000 in NCHA competition and produced the earners of more than $900,000 in the cutting pen.
Doc Bar crossed on Poco Tivio daughters produced 40 performers who earned $735,430 in the arena. This cross produced cutting horses Doc’s Remedy,
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Charley stood Poco Tivio for several years and then just before his death gave the stallion to his farrier, Floyd Boss, and his wife, Beverly, in 1971.
The horse stood for the Bosses until his death in 1976. He was buried at the Boss Ranch in Fresno.
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