Joe Kirk Fulton, a leading breeder of Quarter racehorses for 50 years and one of the original Dash For Cash Syndicate members, was a top consignor at the recent Eclipse Sale held at Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, Texas.
“I look for breeding and conformation with my horses because I don’t think either one of them is worth a damn without the other,” said Fulton, who ventured into the Quarter Horse world with halter and cutting horses, before switching to racehorses in the late 1960’s.
Fulton’s first claim to fame with horses came when he donned a black mask and red and black cape, on January 1, 1954 and rode a black Quarter Horse to lead the Texas Tech football team onto the field against Auburn in the Gator Bowl. Thus the famous Texas Tech “Masked Rider” was born.
In 1997, Fulton reenacted that famous first ride during the Texas Tech Family Day game against Kansas State.