Mighty Awesome in 2001. © Ross Hecox
Mighty Awesome died unexpectedly on May 5 of liver cancer. The sorrel overo stallion was 17.
Mighty Awesome, owned by Keith and Cherrye Tittle of Bullard, Texas, had championship breeding. The stallion was sired by two-time APHA national halter champion Barlink Macho Man. His dam was an AQHA mare, Son Sweet Dreams, a great-granddaughter of AQHA Hall of Fame stallion, Two Eyed Jack.
The stallion is the APHA lifetime leading sire of halter horses, both in point earners and points earned. In addition, he is prominent in several other lifetime leading sires lists, including Register of Merit earners (#6), Superior earners (#6), Reserve World Championship earners (#6), Reserve World Championships earned (#11), Superiors earned (#18) and Registers of Merit earned (#25).
Jeannie Putney, editor of the American Paint Horse Association's Paint Horse Journal, put her staff in high gear to get the special tribute to one of the industry's most influential stallions into the August issue of the magazine.
"It's hard to say how often a horse like Mighty Awesome comes along," said Putney. "His impact is literally felt and seen around the globe, which is why the Journal is honored to pay tribute to this truly magnificent creature and all that he has done for our breed."
Mighty Awesome © Ross Hecox
The Tittles have been touched by the outpouring of tributes from around the world for their stallion, aptly nicknamed "Awesome."
"Awesome was a joy to have," said Cherrye Tittle. "I knew he had an impact [on the Paint industry], but I've really been amazed at how much. I always knew he was an amazing horse, but I've been amazed at how many other people know it too."
"The loss of this stallion hit hard," said Kath Peterson of Coronation Park Stud in New South Wales, Australia. "Those who met Mighty Awesome loved him. His sweet nature, his commanding presence and the love he showed to Keith and Cherrye will stay forever in my memory."
Don and Gail Fox of Van, Texas, currently own three of Mighty Awesome's get.
"The Paint Horse industry has been enhanced many times over by the Mighty Awesome influence," said Don Fox.