Reference: Ebony Masterpiece
Photo taken from
The Voice of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
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.
by Sarah Gee
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.
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
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.
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 and Sam Beech
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND SOCK, STAR, SNIP.
SKIPPER SON MIDNIGHT
TWHBEA #463561 COLOR:
TWHBEA #360111 COLOR:
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS, BLAZE.
TWHBEA #350037 COLOR: CHESTNUT
TWHBEA #420155 MARKINGS: TWO
STOCKINGS, BLAZE, MIXED TAIL.
MARKINGS: FOUR STOCKINGS, STRIP.
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO
TWHBEA #400679 COLOR: BAY
MARKINGS: FOUR FETLOCKS, STAR.
MARKINGS: OFF HIND SOCK, STAR.