Famous Paint Horses: What Made Cherokee Maiden Special?

A 2012 inductee into the American Paint Horse Association’s (APHA) Hall of Fame, Cherokee Maiden was bred by H.W. Harbour of Ringling, Oklahoma. Her sire was the quarter horse Osage Dan while her dam was an unregistered horse called Maggie. Rebecca Lockhart brought the horse, and she was this legendary horsewoman’s first American paint horse. 
 
Cherokee Maiden was the 23rd horse registered by the American Paint Horse Association. This organization was not founded until 1962. As a two-year-old, Cherokee Maiden won grand champion mare honors the very first time that the prestigious Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show in Fort Worth allowed paint horses to be shown that same year. A year later, she became the American Paint Show Horse Association’s High-Point Senior Halter Mare and Reserve High-Point Horse. 
 
After her illustrative career for Rebecca, Cherokee Maiden went on to be a highly successful dam. Her offspring include Hank-A-Chief and Cherokee Siemon, She also shows up on many prestigious quarter horse pedigrees, including Strait From Texas, as the only paint horse. 
 
Cherokee Maiden passed away in the mid-1980s, but her legacy can still be found on many pedigrees of American paint horses being shown today.