Reference: The Pusher C.G.
"Pusher" was aptly named. His ability to push
with his backend is renowned.
Wisconsin to Tennessee with Larry Pickhardt
Sarah Gee © Voice, March 2006 )
1974, Larry bought THE horse. The horse that would not only change
his life, but also change the entire Tennessee Walking Horse
industry – The Pusher C.G. Larry, in partnership with Evan
Sherburne, bought the Pusher as a gangly two-year-old from Charles
Gavin of Dalton, Georgia. Gavin had brought the colt to the 1974
Celebration for the sole purpose of finding a buyer. One day as
Gavin’s children were riding him around the warm-up ring, The
Pusher caught Larry’s eye.
The Pusher back to Wisconsin and began working him himself. He
recalls, “When I worked him as a three-year-old we were winning
everything up there. I was winning stake classes up there with him
as a three-year-old.”
came to work for Larry in 1976. Bryant had experienced a great
deal of success as an assistant trainer under Bob Cherry and when
Bob closed his barn, he asked Larry to hire Bryant. Larry did and
immediately put The Pusher under Bryant’s direction. Having Bryant
take over training duties at his barn was quite the wake-up call
for Larry. He states, “I basically found out I wasn’t a very good
trainer. I’d gotten by up there because it wasn’t really that
competitive. When Bryant came, that’s when we started to really
compete in the south – first Indiana and Kentucky, and then
Of The Pusher,
Larry remarks, “He was a great horse to be around. He was like an
actor. We’d get him ready to go to the show and take him to the
warm-up. He’d just go through the motions. However, the minute you
took him through the gate into the show ring, that head would come
back in your lap and that son of a gun would be all business. He
was fun to ride and fun to show.”
Bryant brought The Pusher to the Celebration in 1977. With Larry
in the irons, he made the workout in the Amateur class but didn’t
receive a ribbon. The next year they walked away with a reserve
world grand championship and The Pusher gained a new owner.
sale, Larry relates, “Joe Dietz had been trying to by The Pusher
for $35,000 that whole summer. I kept telling him that I wouldn’t
sell him for less that $50,000. Well, we were showing in Kentucky
two weeks before the Celebration and we won the amateur class. Joe
tried to buy him. I told him no and that in two weeks I was going
to show the horse at the Celebration. I told him that if he was
standing at the gate when I came out of the ring, I would sell The
Pusher to him for $50,000. I also told him that if he wasn’t there
to buy him that night, the price was going to be $75,000. Joe and
his daughter Sherri were at the gate the night we won the amateur
reserve world championship.” The Pusher went on to great acclaim,
eventually earning the 1981 World Grand Championship and becoming
one of the most popular breeding stallions in the industry.
selling the great horse, Larry bred five mares to him, two in 1977
and three in 1978. Neither of the 1977 colts made under saddle,
but all three of 1978 models, The Pushover, Pusher’s Prime Time,
and J.J.’s Alibi, earned Celebration ribbons at some point in
their careers. In fact, Bryant Fly directed The Pushover to the
Four-Year-Old Reserve World Grand Championship in 1983 for Larry.
The Pushover was sold in 1986 and later followed in his sire’s
hoof prints to capture the 1990 World Grand Championship.
extremely proud of The Pusher’s legacy, stating, “The thing that I
feel really good about is Pusher being a lit-up old skinny
raw-boned thing when I bought him and going out and doing what
he’s done. The Black Night Shade was the fourth generation of
Pusher horses to win the big stake...not bad.”
THE PUSHER C.G.
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND STOCKINGS, LOWER LIP,
BLAZE, MIXED TAIL.
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND STOCKING, STAR.
TWHBEA # 540518
MARKINGS: OFF HIND SOCK, NEAR FORE CORONET.
ELRODS PRINCES ALLEN
TWHBEA # 431575
MARKINGS: FOUR SOCKS,
STAR, SNIP, FLAX MANE AND MIXED TAIL.
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND FETLOCK, STAR.
ROAN ALLEN AGAIN
TWHBEA # 390158
COLOR: CHESTNUT SABINO (REG AS "ROAN")
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND AND OFF FORE SOCKS, BROKEN STRIP, FLAX
MANE AND TAIL.
TWHBEA # 350062
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND SOCK,
GO BOYS BLUE GAL M.
GO BOY'S FLYING CLOUD
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND SOCKS, BLAZE.
MERRY GO BOY
TWHBEA # 431697
MARKINGS: NEAR HIND AND OFF
FORE STOCKINGS, STRIP.
MEEKS BLUE GAL
(SABINO OR ROAN?)
MARKIGNS: BOTH HIND SOCKS, OFF FORE
FETLOCK, BLAZE, MIXED MANE AND TAIL.
GO BOY'S SPECIAL
TWHBEA # 540614
CHESTER'S BLUE GAL
TWHBEA # 570860
COLOR: BLACK SABINO (REG AS "ROAN")
MARKINGS: BOTH HIND AND OFF FORE STOCKINGS, BLAZE.