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Chilla - A Larrakin and a Legend

This article is supplied courtesy of Karen Thrun, author of "Australian Legends, Our History of Outstanding Quarter Horses". Please take the time to visit her website - www.quarterhorselegends.com.aumr_jj

On Saturday 3rd January 2009, the body of Australia's legendary horseman, Chilla Seeney, was carried by horse-drawn hearse to his family's grave site in the little town of Monto, Queensland. Chilla (Charles Alfred) Seeney was laid to rest after losing his long battle with Parkinson's disease and passing away on Christmas day. He was 80 years of age. Chilla was "seen off" by more than 300 of his friends and relatives, a testament to the kind of mateship and respect this charismatic character commanded throughout his colourful, and often controversial, life.

Chilla Seeney was a well-recognised "mover and shaker" in the Australian performance horse industry during its heyday - first throughout the early years of rodeo and roughriding, then in campdrafting, and later with the formative years of the cutting horse industry. He was a man of action, driven by what he called "the three Ds" - desire, devotion and discipline, and coupled with this, a fearless competitive spirit. For Chilla winning was everything and with that fierce determination he excelled at every sporting event he set his mind to.

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About Quarter Horses

Quarter Horse History

Melville H. Haskell was a racehorse man and breeder from Arizona.

He was a key player in the formation of the American Quarter Horse Association in 1940, and was there when it was all happening. His concise and comprehensive explanation of the development of the Quarter Horse from 1607 when the English settled in Jamestown, Virginia until the formation of the AQHA in 1940 can hardly be improved upon.

The following extract is taken from an article he wrote which appeared in the Quarter Horse Breeder (edited and published by M.H. Lindeman 1959).


The Oldest American Breed

The American Quarter Horse is reputed to be the oldest all-American breed.

The origins of this breed started as early as the 1600s, soon after settlement of the Americas by the British. In order to produce a horse suitable for both work and sport, thoroughbreds and other English types of horses which descended from English, Arabian and Spanish breeds were crossed to American horses of Spanish origin already in America. Read more...