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Gold Tony drinks a soda pop, 1948

Posted on April 30, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Gold Tony, a 3-year-old Palomino trick horse, drank a bottle of pop for a newspaper photographer under the direction of trainer Pat Henry at the Lexington Fairgrounds on Jan. 13, 1948. Henry and Gold Tony were on their way to a rodeo in Arizona, and Henry decided to stop his station wagon and trailer in Lexington to see relatives. His cousin A.L. Henry lived on North Limestone. Gold Tony, part Texas quarterhorse and descendant of a Thoroughbred, and who was claimed to be the only horse in the world trained to carry a rope in his mouth and rope a calf, was featured in Robert L. Ripley’s Believe It or Not because of his pop-drinking ability. The horse was owned by Mrs. Ruth Herndon of the Lazy R Ranch in Estes Park, Colo.

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