Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Royal King was 17 months old in 1944 when Earl Albin and Jack Whiteside of Comanche, Texas, bought the colt for $250 from breeder Felton Smathers of Llano, Texas. Royal King was by King P-234 and out of Rocket (later registered as Rocket Laning). Rocket traced to Yellow Jacket on both sides of her pedigree.
Albin and Whiteside took 2-year-old Royal King to a show in San Angelo on April 8, 1945, where he was approved for AQHA registry by Helen Michaelis. Someone at the show offered $15,000 for the King colt. Whiteside believed you could never go broke making money, and cajoled Albin to accept the offer. Instead, Albin wrote him a check for $7500 and kept Royal King.
Royal King learned to cut in a herd of goats, training under Bob Burton and later James Boucher. He had enough "cow" in him to excel in the sport with anyone in the saddle, and he was ridden by numerous cutters throughout his career. "Royal King was a horse that you could put anybody on and win," said Albin's wife, Charlie Mae, in 1986. The stallion placed among the National Cutting Horse Association's top-10 annual earners four times in his career, and
Even while he was competing, Royal King was continuing his sire's legacy by becoming a preeminent sire. In his first crop, 12 of 13 foals earned AQHA performance Registers of Merit. Ten of Royal King's foals competed at the first Quarter Horse show at the Texas State Fair in 1947.
His influence on cutting was most apparent in his cow-smart daughters, which included NCHA Hall of Famer and earner of more than $35,000 Miss Nancy Bailey, and Royal Smart, who produced multiple AQHA cutting world champion Royal Santana and Smart Peppy. Smart Peppy was dam of NCHA Triple Crown winner Smart Little Lena. All in all, Royal King sired a total of 590 registered foals.
Royal King died in 1971. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1997.
The American Quarter Horse Association, the world's largest equine breed registry, has its international headquarters in Amarillo, Texas. American Quarter Horses compete in horse shows around the world, and are in demand for racing, ranch work, rodeo, recreational riding, therapeutic riding and many other activities.
Erected 2011 by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum. (Marker Number 31.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Entertainment. In addition, it is included in the American Quarter Horse Markers 🐴 series list.
Location. 31° 53.898′ N, 98° 36.293′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Houston Street and Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Houston Street. Marker is at the northwest corner of the county courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Huett Building and Carrera Glass (within shouting distance of this marker); The Chilton-Harelik Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ritz Theater Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Comanche Chief (within shouting distance of this marker); Durham Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Longhorn (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of John Wesley Hardin's Murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
Also see . . . Royal King Pedigree. (Submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 545 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 14, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.