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Traveler (died 1912), was a foundation sire of the American Quarter Horse breed, but mystery surrounds him as his breeding is completely unknown.[1] He appeared in Texas in the mid-1880s and eventually ended up as a match racehorse and stallion.[2] Some stories have him part of a contractor's work string doing grading work on a railroad being constructed in Eastland County, Texas.[3] Whether or not this story is true, the first recorded owner of Traveler was a man named Brown Seay.[4]

BreedUnknown, but a foundation sire for the Quarter Horse
Maternal grandsireunknown
Foaledabout 1880
CountryUnited States
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

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.[4] 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.[5]

Traveler died in 1912 and sources estimate his age at 32.[2][6] He sired such influential Quarter Horses as Little Joe, King (later named Possum), Jim Ned, Judge Thomas, Texas Chief, and Captain Joe.[1] Other descendants included Joe Reed II, Hard Twist, Silver King, Tonto Bars Hank, and Tonto Bars Gill.[7]

Traveler was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1994.[6]


  1. ^ a b Simmons, et al. Legends 2 p. 6
  2. ^ a b Short Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse p. 42
  3. ^ Chamberlain Quarter Paths: Traveler from Oblivion to Fame" Quarter Racing Journal pp. 16, 68, 71
  4. ^ a b Denhardt "The Traveler Legacy" Quarter Horse Journal pp. 106–108
  5. ^ Groves "Out of New York, By Boxcar" Quarter Horse Journal p. 18
  6. ^ a b American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Traveler". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  7. ^ Nye "Fast Travelers" Quarter Racing Record pp. 6–11


  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on September 2 2017
  • Chamberlain, Richard (February 1990). "Quarter Paths: Traveler From Oblivion to Fame". Quarter Racing Journal: 16, 68, 71.
  • 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.

Further readingEdit

  • 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

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