Joe Cody (1952–1989) was a Quarter Horse stallion famous for siring reining horses.[1]

Joe Cody
BreedQuarter Horse
SireBill Cody
GrandsireWimpy P-1
Maternal grandsireKing P-234
CountryUnited States
BreederTom W. Cochrane
OwnerC. T. Fuller, Robert F. Roberts, Virginia Epes Harper
Other awards
AQHA Performance Register of Merit
AQHA Champion
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame



Joe Cody was registered with number 42,543 in the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA). He was a 1952 sorrel colt, bred by Tom W. Cochran of Buckholts, Texas. He was registered in the ownership of Robert F. Roberts of Tyler, Texas.[2] His sire was a product of the King Ranch linebreeding program, as he was a son of Wimpy P-1 out of a daughter of Old Sorrel.[3] Joe's dam was a daughter of King P-234.[3]

Reining and cutting career


Joe Cody earned an AQHA Champion and a Performance Register of Merit from the AQHA.[4] When he earned his AQHA Championship, he was the youngest stallion to ever earn the award.[5] He was trained and earned points in reining and cutting. He was also trained for team roping.[5] In 1989 he was inducted into the National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame, only the second horse so honored.[6]

Breeding record


After retiring to stud in 1961, Joe Cody was invited to Bermuda by the government of Bermuda to show both reining and cutting at the Agricultural Fair put on by the government. His owner at the time, Mrs. Virginia Harper of Long Island, New York, took him and had him perform a reining pattern and also a cutting exhibition.[5] During his breeding career, he was the sire of Easter Cody, Sappho Cody, Paprika Cody, Sapphire Cody, High Proof, Topsail Cody, and Red God.[7] His son Topsail Cody sired foals that earned over $1 million in NRHA earnings.[8]

Death and honors


Joe Cody died on July 1, 1989.[1] Fuller buried him at Fuller's Willow Brook Farm in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, with a granite headstone giving his accomplishments.[9]

Joe Cody was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1995.[10]


Old Sorrel
Mother of Solis
Wimpy P-1
Old Sorrel
mare by Hickory Bill
Bill Cody
Hickory Bill
Old Sorrel
Dr. Rose mare
King Ranch mare
Joe Cody
Little Joe
King P-234
Strait Horse
mare by Traveler
DJ by Old DJ
Billy Bowlegs
Billie Bo
Phelps mare


  1. ^ a b Holmes, et al. Legends 5 pp. 50–63
  2. ^ AQHA Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 6–10 p. 564
  3. ^ a b All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree for Joe Cody retrieved on June 26, 2007
  4. ^ Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 314
  5. ^ a b c Valentry "Comeback Horse" Western Horseman May 1965 pp. 133, 195–197
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". National Reining Horse Association. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 60–61
  8. ^ NRHA Million Dollar Earners retrieved on September 4, 2017
  9. ^ Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal July 1996 p. 14
  10. ^ American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Joe Cody". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 1, 2017.


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree for Joe Cody retrieved on June 26, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on October 30, 2011
  • American Quarter Horse Association (1962). Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 6-7-8-9-10. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association.
  • Holmes, Frank Wakefield; Gold, Alan D.; Harrison, Sally; Wyant, Ty, eds. (2002). Legends 5: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-58-9.
  • NRHA Hall of Fame retrieved on September 4, 2017
  • NRHA Million Dollar Earners retrieved on September 4, 2017
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees.
  • Valentry, Duane (May 1965). "Comeback Horse". Western Horseman: 133, 195–197.
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research.
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny (July 1996). "Last Rites". Quarter Horse Journal: 14.

Further reading

  • Groves, Lesli Krause (January 1995). "Joe Cody". Quarter Horse Journal: 18.