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Allen's Gold Zephyr
aka "Trigger Jr."

Allen's Gold Zephyr

What palomino lover hasn't dreamt of owning Roy Roger's Trigger or Trigger Jr.? I've always been fascinated with them, but finding factual information amid the sea of rumors was sometimes difficult. When I came across an article in the Voice Magazine (The official publication of the TWHBEA), I was finally given some factual information!

The original Trigger is said to be a cross between a Walking Horse and a Thoroughbred, but Trigger Jr. was a full-blooded Tennessee Walking Horse named Allen's Gold Zephyr! He was registered TWHBEA (#431975) and PHBA (#4055). The TWHBEA records that he was foaled on January 1st, 1941.

"Paul K. Fisher, Souderton, Pennsylvania, advertised in the 1946 Blue Ribbon magazine as being the world's largest breeder and dealer in yellow horses. He sold Trigger Jr. (pictured on the lead page) to Roy Rogers. Trigger Jr., registered as Allen's Gold Zephyr, was the most famous of all yellow horses. He was foaled in 1941; his sire was Barker's Moonbeam (#380497) and his dam was Fisher's Gray Maud (#420776). He was bred by C. O. Barker, Readyville, Tennessee. Barker's Moonbeam was sired by Golden Sunshine whose dam was Golden Lady. All were palominos." Harold Dean Givens in The Voice of The Tennessee Walking Horse Magazine published in January, 1991.

"Roy Rogers' original "Trigger" was a magnificent golden palomino purchased from Hollywood Studios in 1938. He bought "Trigger Jr." in 1948. This horse, ALLEN'S GOLD ZEPHYR, TWHBEA #431975, came from Paul K. Fisher's farm in Souderton, Pennsylvania. During the 1940's and 1950's, Paul was known for having the largest breeding farm in the U.S. for both palomino Tennessee Walking Horses and palomino Quarter Horses. His horses were in great demand, and among his prized stock was Allen's Gold Zephyr. He had beautiful conformation and a very stylish way of going. Zephyr was highly schooled and could accomplish a variety of difficult tricks." -   from "Roy Rogers & Gene Autry and Their Tennessee Walkers" by Grace Larson in Walking Horse News, September/October 2000

Trigger Jr. replaced the original "Trigger" when he became older and infirmed. Trigger Jr. was mounted just like 'Trigger, the old man'. You may see him along with Trigger, Buttermilk and Bullet at the Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum and Happy Trails Theatre in Branson, MO.

Chasing Trigger - His Doubles
From "An Illustrated History of TRIGGER" by Leo Pando

Allen's Gold ZephyrTRIGGER JR. and Paul K. Fisher
"During the shooting of the picture "My Pal Trigger," one scene called for the birth of a colt. The studio arranged to rent one from a California horse breeder, and the rancher was so pleased with the deal that he gave the colt to Roy when the picture was completed. Roy began training the young horse to become Trigger's understudy. He named him Trigger Junior. Later Roy and Glenn Randall took over the training, and Trigger Junior appeared in two pictures as Trigger's son."

This charming account of Trigger Jr's origin from the book "Roy Rogers - King of the Cowboys" by William Roper made a nice story for young fans. Unfortunately, like the two foals who were sired by Trigger in "My Pal Trigger," the story is a fantasy.

Rogers purchased Trigger Jr. much later in his career. Trigger Jr. was born in 1941 and died 28 years later in 1969. Trigger Jr. was originally owned by breeder O.C.Barker of Readyville, Tennessee. When Paul K. Fisher of Souderton, Pennsylvania, owned the gorgeous palomino, the animal was registered with the Palomino Horse Breeders Association (PHBA) as Allen's Gold Zephyr. Glenn Randall purchased the horse as Rogers' agent. The original registration was later canceled and the palomino was re-registered as Trigger Jr. by Roy Rogers of Hollywood, California. The horse was also registered with the Palomino Horse Association [PHA] and the Tennessee Walking Horse Association (TWHA).

Allen's Gold Zephyr was sired by Barker's Moonbeam (registered with the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders Association [TWHBA], color: (yellow) and he by foundation Tennessee walking stallion Golden Sunshine. Zephyr's dam was Fisher's Gray Maud (registered TWHBA, color: (gray) and she by Curlee's Spotted Allen out of Susie Hill. At five years of age Allen's Gold Zephyr stood 15.3 hands tall and weighed about 1050 lbs. He was described as dark golden in body color wit four evenly matched white stocking legs, blaze face, and white mane and tail.

...... The Tennessee walker had wonderful conformation and great looks. It's no wonder that his original owner, Paul Fisher, and Roy Rogers wanted to use the palomino as a breeding sire. ......

Trigger Jr. received billing on personal appearance tours. Marquees read, "Roy Rogers, Trigger, and Trigger Jr." Glenn Randall taught Trigger Jr. a full range of crowd-pleasing tricks including how to dance. Beyond the movie that bears his name in the title, "Trigger Jr." was not used in films but extensively in personal appearances throughout the 1950s and 1960s. On certain occasions he was used as a double for Trigger. Copies of an old Perry Como television show are in circulation with an appearance by Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and "Trigger." It's in fact Trigger Jr. standing in. When author David Rothel asked Rogers about using Trigger Jr. in movies, he replied, "Very little, we used him for personal appearances. He wasn't worth a nickel as a cowboy horse, but he could do a beautiful dance routine." Allen's Gold Zephyr

At one time Fisher Farms was considered one of the largest palomino breeding farms in the United States. Before Roy Rogers, Hoot Gibson and Tom Mix were customers of Fisher's. Paul Fisher often took his horses to Madison Square Garden Rodeo to show and sell them. Fisher's palominos were in great demand, as Roy Rogers found out when he tried to buy Allen's Gold Zephyr. Rogers stated that it took him six years to buy Trigger Jr. Fisher had many offers besides the one from Rogers. At first Fisher refused because the horse was so important to his breeding program. Rogers really fell in love with Trigger Jr. during the filming of the movie that bears the palomino's name, but Fisher had still not agreed to sell him. Fisher allowed Rogers to use Trigger Jr. in personal appearances, according to Corky Randall.

It has been said that Trigger Jr. and Buttermilk had stalls in the first Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum when it opened in 1966 in Apple Valley, California, and lucky visitors during the first three or four years got to see them in the flesh. Rogers used Trigger Jr. as a stud and raised some good palomino foals on his Happy Trails Ranch in Oro Grande, California. The horse that actor Val Kilmer led on stage as a tribute to Rogers and his B-western cowboy peers during the Academy Awards show in March 1999 was reportedly a descendent of "Trigger." Since Trigger was never bred, this horse - if descended from any of Rogers' horses - was most likely a descendant of Trigger Jr.

For many years, Rogers also raised and trained Thoroughbred race horses at his Happy Trails Ranch. Run Trigger Run took first place in his maiden race. Another Rogers race horse was called Triggero. In October 1993, he auctioned the last of his herd, which included grandsons and granddaughters of Trigger Jr. The palomino sired several foals that were registered with TWHBA, and his bloodline continues today.

While I was researching my own buckskin stallion's pedigree, I was thrilled to learn that he is a descendant of Allen's Gold Zephyr! Growing up watching Roy Rogers and dreaming of Trigger, the discovery was quite a thrill!

Westwood Farms

The Westwood Farms Connection:

ALLEN'S GOLD ZEPHYR
TWHBEA #431975

FOALED: 5/11/1941
DIED: 1969

COLOR: PALOMINO SABINO

MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, BLAZE, WHITE MANE AND TAIL

15.3 H
BARKER'S MOONBEAM
TWHBEA #380497 COLOR: CHESTNUT CREAM CHAMPAGNE
GOLDEN SUNSHINE
TWHBEA #44
COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS,   STRIP, MIXED TAIL.
HUNTER'S ALLEN
TWHBEA #10
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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GOLDEN LADY
TWHBEA #350031
COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE
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SQUIRREL MARE
TWHBEA #11448
COLOR: "YELLOW" (CREAM)
KNOB SQUIRREL
TWHBEA #1105
COLOR: "YELLOW" (CREAM)
UNKNOWN
FISHER'S GRAY MAUD
TWHBEA #420776 COLOR: GRAY
CURLEE'S SPOTTED ALLEN
COLOR: 350194
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO (SPLASH?)
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND AND NEAR FORE STOCKINGS, ON OFF SIDE, BALD.
ROAN ALLEN
TWHBEA #38
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
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MAUD CURLEE
TWHBEA #992549
COLOR: "ROAN" (SABINO)
SUSIE HILL
TWHBEA #391110 COLOR: BROWN
MARKINGS: NONE
GIOVANNI
TWHBEA #370291 COLOR: BLACK
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LULA MAY
TWHBEA #992206
COLOR: BROWN

OFFSPRING

TWHBEA # Name Color Sex DOB Dam
450651 ZEPHYR'S GOLD BOY PALOMINO S 4/28/1944 KIT FISHER
453643 MY GOLDEN PRIDE PALOMINO S 7/16/1945 YOUREE'S DOLLY
461331 CHAMPAGNE PUNCH PALOMINO M 4/15/1945 JONQUIL
461332 ZEPHYR'S GOLD PET PALOMINO M 4/12/1945 YELLOW ELLA
464355 MARY ALLEN GOLD PALOMINO M 8/12/1946 LEOLA HOOVER
472607 ZEPHYR'S GOLD NUGGET PALOMINO S 4/10/1946 YELLOW ELLA
472608 ZEPHYR'S FLASH O'GOLD PALOMINO S 5/10/1946 PALOMINO POLLY
473176 SMART GIRL'S ETHEL CHESTNUT M 6/24/1947 ALLEN'S SMART GIRL
473516 ABBOTT'S MERRY BOY YL S 5/10/1947 SOUDERTON SALLY
474114 FISHER'S PATRICIA CHESTNUT M 5/09/1947 PATRICIA OF PA.
474115 ZEPHYR'S SNOW GIRL WH M 5/14/1947 LETTA FLIKA
474198 ZEPHYR'S PIKE ALLEN CHESTNUT S 5/18/1947 FISHER'S MARY DARE
474613 ZEPHYR'S GOLD BOND YL S 5/15/1947 ALLEN'S GOLDEN GLORY
474727 MONSOON CHESTNUT S 6/05/1947 BRANTLEY'S ALLEN'S GYPSY
480074 ZEPHYR'S ALLEN DARE PALOMINO S 5/09/1947 GOLDEN MARY
480173 ZEPHER'S MOONBEAM PALOMINO S 8/23/1947 ZOLA MOONBEAM
480174 HAL'S BRONZE EAGLE CHESTNUT G 7/31/1947 SIS PASCHAL
480433 ZEPHYR'S GOLD PRIDE PALOMINO S 5/17/1947 QUEEN OF SMITHVILLE
480434 ZEPHYR'S MAN O'GOLD PALOMINO S 9/02/1947 FISHER'S GOLDEN LADY
480437 ZEPHYR'S GOLD RADAR PALOMINO S 4/20/1947 CREAM HANNAH
480438 ZEPHYR'S STROLLER F. CHESTNUT S 5/17/1947 ALLEN GOLDEN REPLICA
480665 ZEPHYR'S JONQUIL PALOMINO M 5/26/1947 JONQUIL
480666 ZEPHYR'S GOLD TOPSY PALOMINO M 7/08/1947 BLAZE'S LADY GOLD
480667 ZEPHYRS GOLDEN GIRL R. PALOMINO M 6/07/1947 RED ACE'S GOLDEN GIRL
481785 ABBOTTS BLUE SULTAN BLK ROAN G 5/22/1948 SOUDERTON SALLY
481786 BARKER'S SCHEHERAZADE CHESTNUT M 6/01/1948 JAY BARKER
482184 ZEPHYR'S GOLD CHARM YL M 7/30/1948 BARKER'S MAT ALLEN
482610 ZEPHYR'S PLAY BOY CHESTNUT S 5/30/1948 PASCHAL'S WILSON LADY
482611 ZEPHYR'S RED ACE CHESTNUT S 5/28/1948 LADY VIOLA
482612 ZEPHYR'S ACE OF GOLD PALOMINO S 4/04/1946 LADY VIOLA
482613 ZEPHYR'S DAISY MAI CHESTNUT M 6/15/1948 DAISY MAI BARKER
482614 ZEPHYR'S GOLD KING YL S 5/19/1947 MISS FISHER
482615 ZEPHYR'S GOLD HONEY PALOMINO M 6/10/1948 ALLEN'S GOLDEN GLORY
482616 ZEPHYR'S GOLD RAMBLER PALOMINO S 5/16/1948 CREAM TOPSY
482617 ZEPHYR'S GYPSY ROSE YL M 5/27/1948 THOMPSON'S GYPSY ROSE
482913 ZEPHYR'S GOLD DUST YL S 5/24/1948 WILSON'S GOLDEN DAWN
482914 ZEPHYR'S GOLD KNIGHT YL S 6/01/1948 GOLDEN GLEAM
482915 ZEPHYR'S HEIRESS CHESTNUT M 6/02/1948 OAKWOOD'S GOLDEN MILLIONS
482933 GOLDIE ZEPHYR A. PALOMINO M 5/07/1948 ODIE CURLEE
483001 ZEPHYRS GOLDEN JEWEL YL M 5/17/1948 FISHERS YELLOW GOLD
490122 BUD'S SUNNY SUE CHESTNUT M 5/11/1947 PALOMINO POLLY
490419 DOLLY DAY CHESTNUT M 5/28/1948 LADY MORROW
490461 ZEPHYR'S GOLDEN BOY PALOMINO S 6/21/1948 BLAZE'S CREAM TOPSY
490462 ZEPHYR'S MERRY GOLD YL M 4/16/1948 GOLDEN MARY
490463 ZEPHYR'S GOLD DUST II YL S 8/12/1948 FISHER'S GOLDEN LADY
490464 ZEPHYR'S SUNSHINE YL M 6/03/1948 *GOLDEN SUNSHINE
490465 ZEPHYR'S HONEY CHILD PALOMINO M 5/18/1948 MISS FISHER
510088 WALKING GOLDEN GLEAM CHESTNUT M 5/26/1948 FISHERS FRANCESCA
530137 WALKING FOX CHESTNUT G 4/29/1948 CHARLIE H.
652138 TRIGGER'S GOLDEN GIRL PALOMINO M 5/03/1948 YELLOW SELENA


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