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Shue Fly
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Racing
Sire Cowboy P-12
Grandsire Yellow Jacket
Dam Lady Luck
Maternal grandsire Booger Red
Sex Mare
Foaled 1937
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder Lloyd Miller
Owner Hepler Brothers
Racing record
11 starts: 10-1-0
AAA speed rating
Racing awards
1941 & 1942 & 1943 World Champion Quarter Running Horse
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Shue Fly (1937–1963) was a Quarter Horse mare who was one of the dominant racehorses on the racetrack during the 1940s.


Shue Fly was registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) as number 717. She was a chestnut mare, foaled in 1937 and bred by Lloyd Miller of Chamita, New Mexico. She was owned by the Hepler Brothers of Carlsbad, New Mexico at the time she was registered. Her sire was Cowboy P-12, and she was out of Lady Luck by Booger Red by Rancocas, a Thoroughbred. The second dam was an unnamed Thoroughbred mare. Through her sire, she descended from Yellow Jacket and Peter McCue twice. Her dam was a descendant of Iroquois, the first American bred Thoroughbred to win a major race in England. Some early reports had her dam as a mare named Nancy M who was by Jack McCue (a son of Peter McCue) and out of Fanny by Jack McCue. However, the Hepler brothers, who raced and then used Shue Fly as a broodmare, investigated her background and came to the conclusion that she was out of Lady Luck.

Racing career

During Shue Fly's racing career she was named the World Champion Quarter Running Horse for 1941–1942, for 1942–1943, and for 1943–1944. The official AQHA records show her starting six times, with two wins and a top speed rating of AAA. However, the 1946 Yearbook of the American Quarter Racing Association (or AQRA) states that she had won ten of eleven starts. Her very first race was when she was three, and had just been broke to ride, when she went up against Question Mark in a half mile race. She finished second, but it was a good finish for a green-broke mare. Next, in December 1941, she was matched against Clabber at the distance of a quarter mile, and won, setting a track record in the process. In the 1942 Championship race, she went to her knees coming out of the starting gate, but managed to get up and finish first by a nose, beating Clabber, Nobodies Friend and Joe Tom.

Broodmare record

As a broodmare, Shue Fly produced three foals that earned a Race Register of Merit, including Royal Charge.

Death and honors

She died in 1963.

Shue Fly was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2005.


Lock's Rondo
Little Rondo
Minnie Franks
Yellow Jacket
Lock's Rondo
Barbee Dun
Mary Lee
Cowboy P-12
John Wilkens
Roan Lady
John Wilkens
Bonnie Wilkens
Shue Fly
Iroquois (TB)
Rancocas (TB)
Ontario (TB)
Booger Red
Blue Dick
Mittie Stephens
Lady Luck
Thoroughbred mare
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