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Sheik (P-11), foaled in 1918, by Peter McCue out of Pet by Old Fred: A golden palomino, Sheik was bred by Coke Roberds after Roberds ac­quired Peter McCue (see “The Stuff of Leg­end,” EQUUS 491, for how Roberds dis­cov­ered Old Fred, and “Change on the Hori­zon,” EQUUS 493, for how Peter McCue went from the Watkins farm in Illi­nois to Roberds’ place in Colorado). Al­though long in the back and cou­pling, Sheik is other­wise con­for­ma­tion­ally well-bal­anced, invit­ing com­par­i­son with Yel­low Jacket. Note Sheik’s cor­rectly ar­tic­u­lated limbs, sub­stan­tial bone and ex­cel­lent feet. The head is short and wedge-shaped, typ­i­cal of Peter McCue get.

Pedi­gree of Pet 1914, Sheik’s dam, who was out of a mare by Primero 1902. Killed as a 6-year-old in an un­for­tu­nate rail­way ac­ci­dent, Primero was a pow­er­ful but el­e­gant stal­lion who traced to Matchem in sire-line, with other lines to Herod through Lex­ing­ton and Sir Peter Tea­zle and to Eclipse through Le­viathan and Rev­enue. Pet’s tail-fe­male line traces to a stal­lion named Arab, who was not of the Ara­bian breed but in­stead by a horse known as “The Cir­cus Horse” who had leop­ar­dap­paloosa col­or­ing. She also goes back in one line to Stan­dard­bred, and prob­a­bly also blends in both Cayuse and draft ances­try.

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