(Reprinted from Article from the March, 1990 VOICE of
the Tennessee Walking Horse)
On February 2, 1990, the last son of Merry Boy, Merry
Boy's F88, passed away.
F88 was 36 years of age, the last of the horses trained by
Winston Wiser and one of the last horses that was owned and
ridden by Sam Paschal. This great old stallion was foaled in
1954 at the farm of George Williams, near Jackson, Tennessee.
that worked for Mr. Williams had just bought a new F88
Oldsmobile and the young daughter chose Merry Boy's F88. Mr.
Williams was the last owner of Merry Boy.
F88 may have had a longer active stud career than any other
Walking Horse stallion. He sired Merry Boy's Traveler (owned
by Betty Sain) that was foaled in 1958. The last foal sired by
Merry Boy's F88 is Gone With The Wind, foaled September 1,
first issue of the Voice, March 1962, Sam Paschal's ad listed
Merry Boy's F88 at stud. Only eight other stallions were
offered at stud in this issue. The last ad carried by the
Voice featuring Merry Boy's F88, before he was retired from
public stud, was in the February 1986 issue. At that time, he
commanded a stud fee of $1,000. His photo was featured
on the front cover of the Voice several times during the
Interstingly, the first foal ever featured on the cover of the
Voice was by Merry Boy's F88, and the first broodmare featured
had a Merry Boy's F88 foal by her side.
Corum Stables of Bardstown, Kentucky was fortunate to have
owned this outstanding stallion for 24 years. Ray and Wanda
Corum bought him from Sam Paschall in 1966. At this time,
Merry Boy's F88 was 12 years old and had been standing at stud
at Paschal's Stables, along with World Grand Champion Setting
Sun, for six years. With the passing of
Midnight Sun in 1965
and Merry Go Boy in 1969, Merry Boy's F88 has lived to be the
last closest link to Roan Allen F-38 and other great
foundation horses. He will be missed.