Poco Bueno was a legendary champion cutting horse out of the Waggoner Ranch. Kinda funny that his name is Spanish for “pretty good.”
Poco Bueno was foaled in 1944 by King P-234 and out of Miss Taylor. E. Paul Waggoner of the Waggoner Ranch bought the brown yearling in Stamford, Texas for $5,700. Cowboy Pine Johnson broke the brown stallion, and the pair found themselves in cutting fame. They won prize after prize until Pokey, as he was known on the Waggoner, was sent back to the arena in 1953 to earn his AQHA championship title.
Poco Bueno sired 405 registered foals: 36 AQHA Champions and 3 that are in the National Cutting Horse Association’s Hall of Fame (Poco Mona, Poco Stampede and the renowned Poco Lena). His bloodline is still seen throughout the United States.
Burial Fit for a Champion
The brown stallion died in 1969. Per E. Paul Waggoner’s will, Poco Bueno was buried standing up across from the Waggoner ranch entrance at Zacaweista. A four-ton granite marker marks the special spot to this day.
For more unfiltered images of the Waggoner Ranch check out the book “Cowboys of the Waggoner Ranch” by photographer Jeremy Enlow.