The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Quarter Horse has helped set new records in rodeos, and quarter
racing has come back in popularity, with the Labor Day race at
Ruidoso Downs offering an even bigger purse than the Kentucky
Derby. Today the United States has more registered Quarter Horses
than registered horses of any other breed, and Texas has more than
twice as many Quarter Horses as any other state.
In this concise book, Denhardt, who knows more about Quarter
Horses than does anyone else, traces the history of the breed from
its European origins through the colonial and frontier periods and
on to the present. He shows the importance of those Texas stallions
of more than a century ago, Steel Dust and Shiloh, in fixing the breed;
and he gives credit to the King Ranch for its scientific breeding in
recent decades.
The scholarship of Denhardt and his close acquaintance with horse
breeders of the present generation add much value to his book. He
gives here the only comprehensive history of the Quarter Horse, which
he regards primarily as a cow horse and only secondarily as a race
horse. He deplores the trend in which breeders of race horses pour
Thoroughbred blood into the Quarter Horse, producing mounts of a
more leggy type.
Denhardt writes with gusto and has included thirty-five fine illus-
trations. His book will help any reader to derive more enjoyment from
his next Quarter Horse show, cutting contest, rodeo, or one of those
short races in which the winner goes "like a rush telegram over a
downhill wire."
Dallas, Texas WAYNE GARD
The South Since Appomattox: A Century of Regional Change. By
Thomas D. Clark and Albert D. Kirwan. New York (Oxford
University Press), 1967. Pp. vii+438. Map, illustrations, notes,
bibliography, and index. $7.50.
In 1965 Herman Talmadge, an expert race-baiter and an advocate
of defiance and nullification, announced to a Negro audience that he
would represent "all the people of Georgia." Governor Orville Faubus
of Arkansas, chastened by his state's economic stagnation and loss of
population resulting from the 1957 Little Rock decision, asserted that
federal regulations "must be lived with." In Birmingham public
officials integrated the public schools against the mild protests of

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117145/. Accessed January 30, 2015.