Historic S.W. Beech Stables

 

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S. W. Beech, Jr.

Born in 1917 on his father’s farm near the community of Belfast, Tennessee, S. W. Beech, Jr. grew up helping with the daily farm chores. He took an early interest in the livestock produced on the farm, which included high quality mules, Percherons, and plantation horses. After graduating from high school, he added a few more stalls to his father’s mule barn and began training horses. In 1941, he married Margaret Moore and shortly thereafter took a training job in Arkansas. While in Arkansas, the couple greeted two sons, Bobby and Steve. In 1945, the family returned to Middle Tennessee. Following his father’s death in 1946, Beech took over the family farm. He continued training and began a breeding operation. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ Association of America in 1947 and his third son, Ray, arrived in 1949.

In 1954, the year Merry Go Boy arrived at S. W. Beech & Sons Stables to stand at stud, Beech stopped training and decided to devote himself full time to breeding top-quality Tennessee Walking Horses. From that time until his death in 1985, S. W. Beech & Sons Stables stood some of the most influential stallions in the industry, stallions such as Go Boy’s Shadow, Ebony Masterpiece, Another Masterpiece, Go Boy’s Chatterbox, Handshaker’s Delight, Delight Bumin Around, and Go Boy’s Sundust. The list of noteable horses bred and raised on the Beech farm is almost endless.

At the beginning of 1983, Claude and Linda Crowley selected Generator to be Linda’s amateur show horse. However, there was already a demand for him as a sire and it continued to grow. The Crowley’s decided to place Generator at S.W. Beech Stables in Belfast, TN, to begin his career as a breeding stallion. Little did anyone know how influential this beautiful horse would become to this young industry.

Keep in mind that this was in the years before shipped semen transformed the breeding marketplace. Mares were brought directly to S.W. Breech Stables and bred at the farm. Due to that volume alone, the decision was made not to add a shipped semen program to Generator’s books when the technology became available. That decision remained in effect until his death.

Below is a short clip of the historical breeding operation today.  I don’t have much knowledge about the historical society but this looks like a place that deserves to be restored for historical purposes.  It is a landmark in the industry of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

 

 

2 Responses to Historic S.W. Beech Stables

  1. About four years ago, trainer Carl Johnson took me to see Mr. Beech’s stables and the grave sites of Ebony and Merry Go Boy. I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled to discover that Ebony and I have the same birthday. I will be breeding my Ebony granddaughter and RPM mare to W T Charlie soon and am very eager to see what comes of these breedings.
    Laura Thompson