TRIGGER JR. (1941-1969)
The original Trigger is said to be a cross between a Walking Horse and a Thoroughbred, but in reality Trigger Jr. was a full-blooded Tennessee Walking Horse named Allen's Gold Zephyr who was bred by C. O. Barker of Readyville, Tennessee. He was registered TWHBEA (#431975) and PHBA (#4055) with records indicating that he was foaled on January 1st, 1941.
Paul K. Fisher of Souderton, Pennsylvania, who claimed to be the world's largest breeder and dealer in yellow horses, sold Trigger Jr. to Roy Rogers in 1948 when he was still registered as Allen's Gold Zephyr. His sire was Barker's Moonbeam (#380497) and his dam was Fisher's Gray Maud (#420776). Fisher often took his horses to the Madison Square Garden Rodeo to show or sell and Roy stated that it took him six years to buy Trigger Jr.-finally succeeding after Fisher was forced into a well publicized dispersal sale in 1947. Trigger Jr. had beautiful conformation and a very stylish way of going. He was perfectly schooled and could accomplish a variety of difficult tricks including high stepping dances - always a crowd pleaser on Roy's national tours and the perfect protege to Trigger.