• The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Mu auction at Christies

    Sale 2332

    The Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum Collection

    14 - 15 July 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 230

    BUTTERMILK (1941-1972)

    Price Realised  


    BUTTERMILK (1941-1972)
    Buttermilk was a young colt when he was rescued by a cattle farmer on his way to the slaughter house. The farmer bought him from a horse trader and he had been severely abused which resulted in a very unkind demeanor. The new owners quickly began to work with him, and through lots of dedication and care he eventually came around to become a friendly, affectionate and playful horse. His rescuers decided to nam

    After renaming the bubbly Quarter Horse Soda, Randall introduced Soda to Dale Evans because her movie horse Koko was too much to handle and also resembled Trigger too much. Dale fell in love with Soda and bought him immediately. He was renamed Buttermilk after Dale saw a cloud pattern in the sky that reminded her of the Hoagy Carmichael's song, "Ole Buttermilk Sky." Dale rode Buttermilk in almost all of Roy's movies and in all but six of The Roy Rogers Show television episodes that aired from 1951-57. A true Quarter Horse, Buttermilk displayed bursts of speed and could out run Trigger. On the set, Roy asked Dale to please hold Buttermilk back when riding along side of him since Trigger, always had to lead.en riding along side of him since Trigger always had to lead.

    Buttermilk died at age 31 and was given the same treatment as his counterpart Trigger. His immortality now guaranteed for future generations, Buttermilk was put on display at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Victorville, eventually joining Bullet, Trigger, and Trigger Jr. at the museum's last home in Branson. MO

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