In Memory of Matlock Rose 1924-2008

January 6th, 2008

In the fall of 1981, a small crowd gathered at Matlock Rose’s ranch in Gainesville, Texas to see two old partners reunited in the cutting arena. Seventeen years earlier, Peppy San and Matlock Rose had earned the NCHA World Championship. Since then, Rose had won three more world titles, with a Peppy San son and a Peppy San daughter. Now, the famous stallion was 22 and Rose was 57, but the years had only enhanced their luster.

“Matlock worked a few cows and after a really good cut, he stepped down and pulled Peppy San’s bridle off and hung it on his saddle horn,” remembered the late auctioneer Ike Hamilton, who was there to conduct a sale. “Sonny Rice was standing next to me and we were both crying like babies.”

Although Rose’s admirers were legion, it was the respect of his colleagues that set him apart from other horsemen and inspired his legend. As a trainer, breeder, teacher, and judge, Rose helped make the American Quarter Horse.

Matlock passed away Saturday evening, January 5 at his home in Van, Texas with his wife LaVerne at his side. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9 at Covenant Church-Crossroads, 8690 Liberty Drive, Aubrey, Texas.

Visitation will be from Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at DeBerry Funeral Home, 2025 W. University, Denton, Texas – phone 940-383-4200. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation (PO Box 32111 Amarillo, TX 79120-9971 or on line at www.aqha.com), the American Heart Association or Cutters in Action (www.nchacutting.com).







 

Raven On the Wind - Wylie & The Wild West

#1s...and Then Some
Brooks & Dunn

The Best of Don Edwards

Rockets Of The Racetrack: True Stories Of American Quarter Horse Racing
At the Track: A Treasury of Horse Racing Stories
Kelso: The Horse of Gold
America's Castles - Cattle Barons
Bob & Helen Kleberg of King Ranch
Equine Massage for Performance Horses DVD
6666: Portrait Of A Texas Ranch

Sally's Store

Make Money With Horses
Melbourne Cup 1930: How Phar Lap Won Australia's Greatest Race
The Performance Horse: A Photographic Tribute
The Idaho Cowboy: A Photographic Portrayal
The American Cowboy: A Photographic History
Cowboy Values: Recapturing What America Once Stood For
Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology
Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century
Cowboy Gear: A Photographic Portrayal of the Early Cowboys and Their Equipment
Waiting for Daylight: King Ranch: Images from the Past