Orren Mixer painting of Music Mount, 1955
Blue Yahooty Hancock's maternal great-grandsire was Music Mount. As I've been hearing
from people with Music Mount horses, I have begun to realize that he is an
unsung hero of the horse world. Never have I had people contact me about a
single horse on any of my horses' pedigrees like I've been experiencing with
So, I'm dedicating a page to all of us who are enjoying his legacy in their
own horses. This page is definitely a work in progress, because I
am glad to add info as people share it with me. For many years, after we
lost "Hootie," I let this page sit idle. I wish now that I had shared
the stories that were shared with me instead of letting them go by the
wayside due to our loss of our stallion!
|Music Mount was bred by J.W. Shoemaker in Watrous, New Mexico |
|Born 1944, died 1970|
|Bought by Helen and Herman Snyder in 1946 |
|Stayed on the Ranch in Pendelton, Oregon from 1946 to his death in
1970, except for periods of cutting horse training in Ellensburg, Washington |
|He died in his corral of heart attack, moments after breeding his
final mare |
|He earned the performance register of merit in Cutting|
|Grand Champion in every halter class he ever entered (unverified...from a
|406 registered foals |
|Superior Halter Sire|
|Superior Performance Sire|
|AQHA Champion Sire|
|Race Get Money-earners|
|ROM Performance Sire|
|Race ROM Sire|
|Click here for his Pedigree|
|Click here to view his Foals'
|Music Mount was bred to some mares from someone's bucking string at
one time, and their offspring (though few in number) created a
perception with some people that the MM line is "broncy." While that may
be true of some of those offspring, such as the foals he sired out of
Music Maiden, it is definitely not true of all MM horses. |
Music's Grandsire, Brush Mount (by Chimney Sweep)
For years, we have received e-mails from people that knew Music Mount and/or
his owners. Lacking the foresight to save those notes, we deleted the e-mails
after thanking the senders and talking about Music Mount. Now, we wish we'd
saved those. So, beginning now, we will open this page up to serve as a memory
book for this great stallion! E-mail us
if you have experience with Music Mount or his direct offspring that would be of
value for people to know. Thanks!
Thanks to all who have sent pictures and information about this fantastic
|Hello Music Mount memory keepers,
My brother, Herb, sent me an email saying he had contacted you with
Herman and Helen Snyder memories. I remember them having a small
bedroom sized room in their home that was chuck-ablock full of purple
and blue ribbons, trophies, awards, and championship cups from showing
Music Mount. Our Dad built a steel pipe breeding framework to prevent
mares from kicking and damaging Music Mount. Herb was helping Herman
during wheat harvest when Herman stopped the machines to meet with
some people who had driven in from the Mid-West with a mare to breed
to Music Mount. Helen brought lunch out to the crew. Later, Herman
returned with a case of cold beer saying he'd made more money with
Music Mount than he could possible make harvesting that day. So they
all celebrated that afternoon.
Our family was close to Herman and Helen. There are a zillion stories.
It always warms me when I come across a Music Mount references. Music
Mount progeny appeared for decades all over the Northwest Horse Race
circuit. Thank you for keeping these special memories alive.
Yours, Tony Cargill
Way back in 1955 or 1956 my family was headed from Gearhart, OR
to Yellowstone park on vacation. My friend, also a young horse
owner/rider accompanied us. We begged my parents to stop at
Snyder's ranch in Pendleton so we could see Music Mount. They
As we got out of the car at the ranch, a man rode a buckskin
horse on the dirt road toward us. He stopped as we approached
him. "We came to see Music Mount," we said. He grinned at us,
slapped his horse on its neck and said, "Well, here he is, old
Buck himself! We're just going to do some cutting with him.
Climb up on that fence and watch." We watched from the fence in
awe as that horse worked the Hereford cattle. It was a scene I
remember vividly how, some 60 years later--the blue sky, the
colorful cattle, that magnificent golden horse--what a sight!
Later Mr. Snyder showed us Cookie Mount and Snyder's Champ and
we asked him how much it cost to buy a Music Mount offspring.
He said they were always cheaper for young girls!
When we returned to the car we suddenly realized that the new
movie camera that had been purchased for this trip was lying on
the back seat--forgotten in the excitement -- never recording
that once-in-a-lifetime experience.