We specialize in foundation bred Missouri Foxtrotters
At Burton Foxtrotters I breed for the old original fox trot that
travels around 6 mile per hour and caps the tracks. I strive to
keep as few generations between our foals and the old foundation
stock as possible. Therefore I still have names like Kissee Fox on
some of our papers - mostly brown papers, which I am very proud to
have. Brown papers are becoming scarce these days you
I chose these breeders to follow because all 3 of their breeding programs had the same priorities that I too had set: sweet disposition that all family members can enjoy and feel good being around; good conformation that allows the horse to do what it is intended to do and be very versatile; preserve the true old time fox trot that gives a smooth ride with the added feature of sure footedness.
The first being Mr. Lawrence Barnes who raised and trained Ramblin Red after purchasing him from Mr. Rollen Clarkson of Protem MO as a yearling. Ramblin Red was my first Missouri Fox Trotting horse and is the reason I am still breeding and raising Fox Trotting horses some 25+ years later.
Red was born in 1962 and died in 1986. He was by Mr. Clarkson's 'King' horse which was a working ranch horse. King has the Kissee Breeding behind him repeatedly, Cadmus Dare, other old American Saddlebreds, and of course Old Skip of the Bill Dunn breeding that was such a renowned stud and Fox Trotter. King was born in 1957 and was the own son of Kissee Fox. Red's dam, Flaxy C, was Mr. Clarkson's favored mare and the base of his breeding program. He told the story of riding to the one room schoolhouse each day behind his teacher on his teacher's favorite mare, Roxie. Man oh man, was she ever a good riding Fox Trotting mare. He told everyone in the countryside that he was gonna have a foal from that mare when he grew up. When he came home from 'his service in the war' his dad took him to the barn and gave him a young filly. That filly was Flaxy C, born in 1946 out of the Roxie mare. Roxie's dam, Crazy Snake, was not traceable because she was bought in a herd of horses at an auction. She got her name because she was practically unmanageable being herded home that day. She just would not stay with the herd so they named her thinking she would never be manageable. Turned out she was the best of the lot and very much in demand by the whole family and ranch.
Mr. Barnes has told the story many times of how he had 2 stallions at the time he sold Ramblin Red. He had Gold Man and Ramblin Red and couldn't decide which to let go so he let the buyer, Mr. Jack Vinson of Cadiz KY pick his choice. Mr. Vinson selected Ramblin Red and later won the Kentucky Grand Championship with him in 1969. One reason Mr. Barnes really hated to see Red go was that they had been working on the 'cow pattern' and with very little effort Red had picked up on it and was 'really doing good'. Another reason was that Red was so gentle and manageable to handle and ride. Mr. Barnes would tell of his elderly sister who hardly ever rode riding Ramblin Red on a trail ride up at St Louis and not having any problems whatsoever.
Mr. Barnes was the secretary of the MFTHBA for many years and could almost recite the registry books to you. I have spent many hours conversing with him on these horses and quizzing him as to the individual horses that were the truer Fox Trotters. I have also studied dozens of pedigrees of his horses and compared them to thousands of other pedigrees. In so doing I found a very strong pattern to his breeding program; that was meant to perpetuate the wonderful characteristics of the natural old Fox Trotters. A pattern scarcely found anywhere else in the breed. Mr. Barnes used to chuckle and shake his head when someone tried to talk to him about a trainer for these horses. The reply I remember him making repeatedly was, "And to think I've been breeding these horses all these years to be natural at the fox trot and easy to handle for the average person so there would be no need of a trainer". These are some of the reasons why I have a heavy influence of 'the Barnes' bloodlines' in my breeding program.
Mr. Barnes built his breeding program around his old 'Vickie' mare. She was sired by Blankenship Diamond and out of a mare by Paul David's Dan x a Blankenship mare. In Mr. Barnes' estimation Blankenship Diamond was the greatest natural Fox Trotter in the country. He wanted to keep a great influence of Blankenship Diamond in all his breeding with Mitchell's Trigger and Yellow Jacket following close behind.
His second 'Vickie' mare, Vicki's Flossy, was sired by Mitchell's Trigger and out of the original Vicki. Vicki 3 was a daughter of Vicki's Flossy and sired by Gold Man. Gold Man was sired by Golden Rawhide and out of a Yellow Jacket by Ozark Golden King mare. Now remember Blankenship Diamond is sired by Kissee Fox and out of Betty Fox who is also the dam of Golden Governor. Golden Governor's sire, Ozark Golden King was sired by Kissee Fox.
So many of these great old horses go back to Kissee Fox and Old Ted (father & son). But on most papers they are so far removed that there is no longer much of their influence on the horse you get. I am trying to hold onto that influence, but do it without too much inbreeding. Just trying to hold onto the true 'old' foxtrot with a sweet disposition.
I incorporate a lot of Gold Man. His sire, Golden Rawhide, is a full brother to Lady Anne. Golden Rawhide was the World Grand Champion for 1966 and the Reserve World Grand Champion for 1965. Both Golden Rawhide and Gold Man were great stallions for our breed.
I also enjoy the Vicki's Red Man influence for their bloodlines. Vicki's Red Man is sired by Gold Exchange of the Dale Esther farms and is out of Vicki 3. Gold Exchange is by a son of Zane Grey whose dam is a double bred Cotham Dare mare. Gold Exchange's dam was by Golden Rawhide bred to his half sister who was also sired by Golden Governor. Mr. Barnes was a big admirer of Gold Exchange. He often told of the natural performance Gold gave to win the first ever Futurity Grand Championship in 1982.
If you study Mr. Barnes' breeding program you will notice that he often went to Mr. Dale Esther to get the outcrops for his breeding program. He took Red Ruby and bred her to Zane Grey to get Zane's Dude and he took Vicki 3 to Zane Grey's Warrior to get Major L. Old Paint came from Lazy Jane B being mated with Missouri's War Paint.
One regret Mr. Barnes expressed was that he had not been able to incorporate more of the Cotham Dare bloodlines into his stock. He was highly impressed with Cotham Dare and mourned the scarcity of Cotham Dare stock in our breed. That is where Mr. Herb Roscoe and his breeding program became of interest to me.
I met Mr. Herb Roscoe and became an admirer of his breeding program since it too focused on the true old fox trot. He also leaned heavily toward the old Saddlebred bloodlines with a lot of Old Charley and Cotham Dare. Mr. Roscoe had Little Charley's Duke that was a grandson of Old Charley and his dam was a Cotham Dare daughter. After Duke died he bought back Songer's Ambraw Charley who was a son of Little Charley's Duke and out of his favorite mare Trixie CC. Trixie was a Cotham Dare bred mare too. In studying the pedigrees of Mr. Roscoe's horses I found a reflection of the same pattern I had found in Mr. Barnes' pedigrees.
Then I found out Mr. Roscoe and Mr. Clyde Songer incorporated their breeding programs somewhat. Mr. Songer I already knew because he tried to keep a strong influence from Ramblin Red in his breeding program. I grew to admire and appreciate all the hard work and dedication of Mr. Songer who worked diligently to match up the old bloodlines without much TWH influence.
Mr. Songer had the old Jack of Diamonds G horse which was from Shoshone's Baron x Rawhide's Sandy Ann. Shoshone's Baron goes back to Blankenship Diamond on the top side putting Kissee Fox on his 5th line. Shoshone's Baron has the old Ranger F-102 on him twice, which puts Cotham Dare on his 4th and 5th line. Bill Dunn's old Skip stud is on Ranger's 3rd line. Jack of Diamonds dam was a Golden Rawhide daughter which puts Old Ted on his 5th line and Kissee Fox on his 6th line & brings Danny Boy back in again.
Mr. Songer incorporated Mr. Herb Roscoe's Old Charley lines in his breeding as well as Boomerang W from the Woods, and Duncan's Fox which of course includes Mitchell's Trigger & Danny Boy. Boomerang W was a Danney Joe W x Dolly Ann W son, which also brought in Cotham Dare, Golden Governor, and Old Charley. (Note of warning: If you are studying Mr. Songer’s breed papers don’t become confused if you can’t find the names 'Jack of Diamonds G', 'Duncan Fox', Boomerang W', etc. Mr. Songer had a habit of changing names to become 'Songer's Ambraw Jack', 'Songer's Ambraw Fox', 'Songer's Boomerang', etc. The numbers will still be the same as original.)
This gives you an idea of the ancestry and influences behind the horses I have today. I hope you study the pictures and pedigrees and get a feel for the efforts these fine breeders have put into these horses in an effort to preserve the best of the old natural horses and their characteristics for future horsemen to enjoy. Now as you visit the following pages you will meet horses resulting from these fine breeders efforts that are a joy to be around. And don't forget to visit the ARTICLES page for more information on these grand old horses.
4597 U S 62 E, Beaver Dam, KY 42320