February 26, 2012
Jerry Allred, the last of the famous Allred Bros., died February 25 at age 84. Jerry’s brothers Harvey and Dale preceded him in death. The Allred Bros. were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2000.
The brothers were raised with sisters Emma and Viola at Safford, Arizona, where their father farmed cotton and they grew up around horses and cattle. Jerry and Nancy, his wife of 62 years, have one daughter, Sherry. With husband Richard Ellsworth, Sherry has one daughter, Jolyn, who with her husband, Brian Ellsworth (Richard’s son and Jolyn’s stepbrother), have sons Blake, 17, and Connor, 15, and daughter Brilyn, 13.
Among the most prominent horsemen in the American Quarter Horse racing industry, the Allred Bros. first came to national prominence when they owned and raced Mark T Bars, who holds the record for most number of wins. A gelding by their stallion Saint Mark, Mark T Bars from April 1967 through September 1978 won 64 of 115 races, with 23 seconds and 10 thirds, including eight stakes wins and nine track records.
In addition to Saint Mark, the brothers stood other prominent stallions such as Hempaces (TB) and Barjo. In the name of the Allred Bros., they bred their first two American Quarter Horses in 1959 and have been represented as breeders every year since. From their ranch in Mesa, Arizona, the brothers in their own name have bred 372 starters and 275 winners from 435 foals, including champion and All American Futurity (G1) winner AB What A Runner, 49 other stakes winners and the earners of more than $8 million.
Among the most well-known Allred Bros.-bred sprinters are Grade 1 winners One Sweet Jess ($953,592), A Streak Of Cash ($181,346) and One Slick One ($157,937); other stakes winners Streakin Jewel ($185,545), Lots Of Flare ($168,675) and A Dash Of Beduino ($103,934); sprinters such as track record-setter This Jet Is Royal; and blue hen broodmares such as Sweet Beduino (dam of five stakes winners, including Walk Thru Fire, A Dash Of Beduino and This Jet Is Royal) and One Famous Lady (dam of champion One Famous Eagle). The brothers also bred other Quarter Horses in partnerships with some of the leading breeders in the industry.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the LDS Stake Center in Mesa, Arizona.
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