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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Historical horse to placed outside Joe Cooper Ford

  • A new horse, this one painted like Navajo Britches of the Appaloosa Hall of Fame, will be placed outside of Joe Cooper Ford.
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    A new horse, this one painted like Navajo Britches of the Appaloosa Hall of Fame, will be placed outside of Joe Cooper Ford.
     
    Brothers Dean and Bill Hudlow worked to place this world-famous horse outside of the car dealership.
     
    Bill Hudlow owned Navajo Britches, who was born in 1953. Hudlow purchased the horse in 1958 in Abilene, Texas, and began showing him in competitions.
     
    Throughout his career, Navajo Britches won more than 100 First Place Halter titles. The horse was not a racehorse, but many of the 367 foals he sired became renowned racehorses, including Boogie Britches, Navajo’s famous son.
     
    Bill Hudlow traveled across American with Navajo Britches showing him “coast-to-coast” in addition to raising, selling and showing Navajo’s foals.
     
    “He [Navajo] was a Shawnee miracle,” Hudlow said.
     
    In addition to raising Navajo’s foals, Hudlow sold many of them as well. Some were purchased by famous clientele, including Kenny Rogers and Dale Robertson.
     
    Navajo Britches continued winning competitions until his death in 1978. He died of a blocked intestine after a surgery. Hudlow said he traveled to the veterinary hospital to say his good-byes, having difficulty maintaining his composure.
     
    After his death, Navajo Britches was inducted into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame in 2002. Since, Hudlow has been trying to find a way to honor Navajo.
     
    Amy Clymer, who is also a calf roper, painted the horse to look like Navajo, and the Hudlow brothers are working with the city and Joe Cooper Ford to have the statue placed outside the car dealership.
     
    However, an installation date has not yet been set.
     

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