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Trigger and Roy Rogers

Trigger - The smartest horse in the movies -was born on a ranch in San diego and named Golden Cloud. At the age of three, the stallion was sold to Hudkins Stables of Hollywood, who provided horses for the movie industry. Golden Clouds first job was as a mount for Olivia de Havilland in the 1938 film 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'. Meanwhile a young singing cowboy had been cast in his first film and needed a horse. He considered several but as soon as he was paired with Trigger it was love at first sight. One day whilst Roy practised his quick draw, someone commented that the horse was as "quick as a trigger" and from then on Roy called him Trigger. The film was a great success and as Roy toured the country promoting the film many fans asked after the horse. Even though he was only making $75 dollars a week Roy was determined to own Trigger for himself. He shook hands on the price of $2,500 and paid in installments until Trigger was his. Roy and Trigger starred in 88 movies and soared to superstardom. Roy insisted Trigger got top billing along with himself. The horse could untie knots, shoot a gun and perform over 60 tricks. He could rear up and walk 150 steps on his back legs. Trigger and Roy also starred in The Roy Rogers Television Show , 100 episodes in all, which aired from 1951 - 1957. Countless personal appearances at hospitals and shelters visiting children made them a household name. Trigger retired in 1957 and enjoyed a happy retirement at Roys ranch until he died in 1965. Trigger is currently preserved and on display at The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum in Branson Missouri.


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