Reference: Ebony Masterpiece

Ebony Masterpiece
Photo taken from The Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Ebony Masterpiece, TWHBEA #560586, was World Grand Champion in 1962. "EM" was a massive horse in both bone and height. His offspring and descendants are know for their impressive height and laid back dispositions.

Ebony Masterpiece
by Sarah Gee

Ebony MasterpieceEbony Masterpiece was bred by H. L. Worrell at the legendary Solitude Stock Farm in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. By Skipper's Son Of Midnight (a son of Midnight Sun) and out of Lady Lee (a daughter of Merry Boy), Ebony Masterpiece combined two of the most influential bloodlines our breed has ever known.

As a coming two year old, Ebony was sold to Clay Simpson of Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was placed under the direction of a young trainer by the name of Bud Seaton and with only a few shows to his credit, Ebony walked to the Two-Year-Old World Grand Championship in 1958.

Following his two-year-old year, Ebony was brought along slowly. He didn't show at all as a three year old and was not trained to canter until he was four. He was shown only once as a four year old.

Ebony MasterpieceAfter seeing him shown as a five year old, Billy Hale of Gallatin, Tennessee, bought Ebony Masterpiece in July of 1961 and placed him with world grand champion trainer Sam Paschal. Paschal continued to bring Ebony along slowly. He and the big black stallion made their show ring debut in late 1961,and by the summer of 1962 they were the favorites to claim the World Grand Championship, which they did with unparralled style.

Following his big win, Ebony Masterpiece went on to be come one of our breed's most prominent sires. He spent his entire breeding career at S.W Beech & Son's Stables in Belfast, Tennessee. Ebony was early to prove him self as a sire as his first crop of foals included 1969 World Grand Champion Ebony's Senator. He would go on to sire four more World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horses - 1974 World Grand Champion Another Masterpiece, 1975 World Grand Champion Ebony's True Grit, 1980 World Grand Champion Ebony's Mountain Man, and 1983 World Grand Champion Ebony's Bold Courier.

In 1978, Ebony Masterpiece was purchased by S.W. Beech, Jr., and Steve Beech. At the end of that year, ownership was transferred to Floyd Perkins. Finally, in 1980, S.W. Beech, Jr., and Steve Beech gained ownership once again. Ebony Masterpiece passed away in 1987, at the ripe old age of 31. Throughout his life he was a crowd favorite, often attracting visitors to Beech Stables, where he was happy to interact with his fans. He is buried alongside Merry Go Boy at the farm in Belfast.

Merry Go Boy with Ebony Masterpiece

A son of "EM", Ebony's Double, was the last horse purchased by Elvis Presley. "EBONY'S DOUBLE resides in the pastures and barn on the property at Graceland, the home of Elvis, in Memphis, Tenn. He shares his paddocks with two other horses, EBONY'S SECRET THREAT and SUN'S REFLECTION." - Ebony's Double: Last Horse Elvis Brought to Graceland.

Ebony Masterpiece

EBONY MASTERPIECE
TWHBEA #560586

BORN: 3/16/1956
DIED: 7/27/1987

COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND SOCK, STAR, SNIP.
SKIPPER SON MIDNIGHT
TWHBEA #463561 COLOR: BLACK
MARKINGS: STAR
MIDNIGHT SUN
TWHBEA #410751
COLOR: BLACK
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WILSON'S ALLEN
TWHBEA #350075
COLOR: CHESTNUT
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RAMSEY'S RENA
TWHBEA #410682
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: NONE
HEIGHT: 15.2H
PRINCESS ALLEN
TWHBEA #360111 COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS,   BLAZE.
SLIPPERY ALLEN
TWHBEA #350037 COLOR: CHESTNUT
MAY ALLEN COBLE
TWHBEA #420155 MARKINGS: TWO STOCKINGS, BLAZE,   MIXED TAIL.
LADY LEE
TWHBEA #400680
COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, STRIP.
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MERRY BOY
TWHBEA #350189
COLOR: BLACK
SABINO
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ROAN ALLEN
TWHBEA #F-38
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
HEIGHT: 15.3H
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MERRY LEGS
TWHBEA #F-4
COLOR: BAY SABINO
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KATE TURRENTINE
TWHBEA #400679 COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: FOUR FETLOCKS, STAR.
LYNCHE'S STONEWALL ALLEN
TWHBEA #390616
COLOR: CHESTNUT
MARKINGS: OFF HIND SOCK, STAR.
BABY LEE
TWHBEA #991815
COLOR: CHESTNUT

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