Trigger (1932–3 July 1965) was a 15.3 hands (63 in; 1.60 m) golden palomino, made famous in American Western films with his owner/rider, cowboy star Roy Rogers. He was originally named Golden Cloud. Many people mistakenly think Trigger was a Tennessee Walking Horse, but his sire was a Thoroughbred and his dam a grade (unregistered) mare who, like Trigger, was a palomino. Movie director William Witney, who directed Roy and Trigger in many of their movies, claimed a slightly different lineage, that his sire was a “registered” Palomino stallion (though neither Palomino registry existed at the time of Trigger’s birth), and his dam was by a Thoroughbred and out of a “cold-blood” mare. Trigger, Jr, who was actually no relation to Trigger, was in fact, a registered Tennessee Walking Horse. Though Trigger remained a stallion his entire life, he was never bred and has no descendants.
Golden Cloud made his movie debut as the mount of Maid Marian, played by Olivia de Havilland in The Adventures… read more