Traveler (died 1912), was a foundation sire of the American Quarter Horse breed, but mystery surrounds him as his breeding is completely unknown. He appeared in Texas in the mid-1880s and eventually ended up as a match racehorse and stallion. Some stories have him part of a contractor's work string doing grading work on a railroad being constructed in Eastland County, Texas. Whether or not this story is true, the first recorded owner of Traveler was a man named Brown Seay.
|Breed||Unknown, but a foundation sire for the Quarter Horse|
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Traveler was a light sorrel horse, with light amounts of roaning on his flanks. Markings were a snip, and a streak on the face. Standing around 15 hands (60 inches; 152 cm), he was leggy but well muscled, although George Clegg said the horse was the shortest backed horse he had ever seen. He was also owned by the Shely brothers, who bred most of his most famous offspring. While owned by Seay, Traveler was match raced extensively in Texas.
Traveler died in 1912 and sources estimate his age at 32. He sired such influential Quarter Horses as Little Joe, King (later named Possum), Jim Ned, Judge Thomas, Texas Chief, and Captain Joe. Other descendants included Joe Reed II, Hard Twist, Silver King, Tonto Bars Hank, and Tonto Bars Gill.
- Simmons, et al. Legends 2 p. 6
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- Groves "Out of New York, By Boxcar" Quarter Horse Journal p. 18
- American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Traveler". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
- Nye "Fast Travelers" Quarter Racing Record pp. 6–11
- AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on September 2 2017
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- Denhardt, Bob (May 1981). "The Traveler Legacy". Quarter Horse Journal: 106–108.
- Groves, Lesli Krause (April 1993). "Out of New York, By Boxcar". Quarter Horse Journal: 18.
- Nye, Nelson C. (December 15, 1962). "Fast Travelers". Quarter Racing Record: 6–11.
- Short, Victoria (1998). Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse. Houston: Loshadt Publishing.
- Simmons, Diane; Goodhue, Jim; Holmes, Frank Wakefield; Livingston, Phil, eds. (1994). Legends 2: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-30-9.
- Reynolds, Franklin "They Called Him Traveler" Quarter Horse Journal May 1957 p. 7–9, 22–23, 34–36, 54–65
- Rockingham, Montague "Traveler: Greatest Sire Since Sir Archy" The Western Horseman January 1949 p. 10–11, 33