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.