ROY AND DALE
GOLDEN CLOUD - TRIGGER
THERE THE AUTHORS EITHER ARE UNEDUCATED OR BLINDLY GO ALONG WITH THE STRANGE AND ODD IDEA OF ROY AND DALE, MAKING TWO HORSES INTO ONE "TRIGGER." IT WOULD SEEM THAT IN THE 1940s AND UP TO THE MOVIE "SON OF PALEFACE" IN 1952, EVEN ALL THE REPORTERS AND WHOEVER, ALSO WENT ALONG WITH THE TWO HORSES MADE INTO ONE HORSE IDEA. ANYONE TAKING A CLOSE LOOK AND NOTING THE MARKINGS ON THE TWO HORSES COULD EASILY TELL THEY WERE INDEED TWO HORSES MADE AS IF ONLY ONE. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THE HORSE USED AT RODEOS AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE SHOWS [WHERE "TRIGGER" WAS PRESENTED] AND IN THE MOVIE SONS OF PALEFACE IN 1952, AND WAS MASTER OF 100 TRICKS OR SO, WAS NOT THE TRIGGER THAT APPEARED IN ROY'S 90 OR SO MOVIES AND TV SERIES OF THE 1950s. IT WAS AS IF THE WHOLE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WAS QUITE WILLING TO GO ALONG WITH THE "SANTA CLAUS" TYPE MYTH. WHAT WAS EVEN MORE STRANGE AND PECULIAR WAS THAT YOU NEVER QUITE KNEW WHICH TRIGGER ROY AND DALE WERE REFERRING TO; EVEN MOVING FROM ONE "TRIGGER" TO THE OTHER "TRIGGER" IN THE SAME SENTENCE. PHOTOS IN BOOKS AND MAGAZINES WOULD JUST SAY "TRIGGER" - BUT THE BUILD AND MARKINGS [4 WHITE STOCKINGS; NOT AS LONG A MANE; BLAZE ON THE HEAD BEING DIFFERENT WITH THE GREAT "TRICK" HORSE] WOULD TELL YOU WHICH "TRIGGER" IT WAS. WHEN ROY TALKED ABOUT THE SPEED, THE "SPIN ON A DIME AND GIVE YOU 9 CENTS CHANGE" AND THE BEST "COWPONY" YOU KNEW HE WAS REFERRING TO THE "ORIGINAL TRIGGER" AS I NAME IT; THE ONE IN HIS FIRST MOVIE "UNDER WESTERN STARS" AND WHICH HE EVENTUALLY BOUGHT.
Trigger was gentle and kind . . . he had a great rein
on him as a cowpony. He was a fabulous horse.
Roy Rogers, 1990
ROY IS HERE REFERRING TO THE ORIGINAL TRIGGER - Keith Hunt
A giant full moon shines down on a sleepy Mexican village somewhere in southern Texas. In the shadows of a second-story balcony, Roy Rogers sneaks a peek through one of the windows. Some of the territory's most ruthless desperadoes have gathered and are making plans for a bank robbery. Roy will go to great lengths to put an end to their criminal behavior and bring them to justice. He'll need all the help he can to get the job done, but for now it's just him and his reliable four-legged partner.
After Roy learns what the bad guys are going to do, he inches himself to the edge of the balcony and gives a soft whistle. Out of the darkness, trotting into the beams of the moonlight, is a chestnut-brown palomino. He waits patiently under the porch. After a few moments Roy leaps over the railing and down onto the back of the stallion. The pair ride off into the night, confident right will win out in the end.
There wasn't a desperado who came up against Roy Rogers and his cohort Trigger who could escape the law. Trigger—or Golden Cloud, as he was originally named—began his movie career in 1938, appearing in the film The Adventures of Robin Hood as Olivia de Havilland's faithful steed. He appeared in a few other small-budget pictures before teaming up with the King of the Cowboys in Under Western Stars.
Trigger was the third horse Roy auditioned, and after giving the gold-colored pony a test ride, he knew he'd found the horse for him. The duo made eighty-six feature films and a hundred television shows together.
Billed as the "Smartest Horse in the Movies," Trigger could perform numerous tricks for the camera with no problem. He could count up twenty-five by stomping his foot, do simple subtraction and multiplication problems, drink milk from a bottle, and cover himself with a blanket.
THE AUTHORS NOW MIX UP THE TWO HORSES AS ONE…..THEIR LAST SENTENCE WAS THE "TRICK HORSE" TRIGGER….THE ONE IN THE 1952 MOVIE "SON OF PALEFACE" STARING BOB HOPE AND JANE RUSSELL; THE "TRIGGER" THAT WENT INTO HOTELS, SIGNED HIS NAME WITH A CROSS ON THE HOTEL REGISTRATION, AND….WELL THEY SAY LEARNT ABOUT 100 TRICKS - Keith Hunt
Roy and another trainer taught the horse self-restraint so he could enter hotel lobbies and hospitals to visit fans and patients. Trigger occasionally upstaged Roy during personal appearances, yawning or breaking into a dance step at the very moment Roy was talking or singing. Roy would often joke about "the ham in the horse."
YA THIS WAS THE "TRICK" HORSE TRIGGER, NOT THE "ORIGINAL" TRIGGER OF 1938 WITH ROY IN HIS FIRST MOVIE "UNDER WESTERN SATRS" - Keith Hunt
Trigger paid a price for his fame. Whenever he made public appearances, some overzealous fans would pull hairs from his tail for souvenirs. At times Trigger's tail hairs were nearly all gone. While waiting for them to grow back, he wore a "tail toupee."
AGAIN THIS WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL TRIGGER OF 1938 - Keith Hunt
"No one sits a horse better than Roy Rogers," Dale Evans once said, "and no horse is as competent as Trigger."
ONCE MORE THE SECOND PART OF DALE'S SENTENCE HAS A HUGE QUESTION MARK OVER IT….. WHICH "TRIGGER" WAS SHE REFERRING TO….. ONLY THE CONTEXT BEFORE WOULD TELL YOU THE ANSWER. ONLY THE CONTEXT OF "COMPETENT" WOULD TELL YOU - YES VERY STRANGE MIND-SET ROY AND DALE OFTEN USED….. BLENDING TWO HORSES INTO ONE - Keith Hunt
Indeed, Roy Rogers was the only cowboy star to make all his pictures with the same horse. He was a superior animal who became one with his longtime rider, anticipating his every move and direction. Among the equestrian stars of the 1940s, Trigger was the best known, followed closely behind by the Lone Ranger's horse, Silver.
THE "ORIGINAL TRIGGER" WAS IN ALL OF ROY'S MOVIES [EXCEPT "SON OF PALEFACE" - 1952, BUT THAT WAS NOT REALLY ROY'S MOVIE ANYWAY] AND TV SERIES - TRUE THE TWO TRIGGERS WERE THE MOST FAMOUS "ONE HORSE" OF THE 1940s AND 1950s - Keith Hunt
Images of Trigger graced innumerable lunchboxes, bedspreads, boots, and shirts. Boys and girls across the world treasured their precious memorabilia while pretending they were the King of the Cowboys galloping across the plains atop the golden steed. The highlight for fans lucky enough to see the pair in person was when Roy and Trigger would hurry to the center of the arena at the end of the show, and Trigger would take a bow.
NOT LONG AFTER ROY ROGERS BECAME FAMOUS, THE SECOND "TRIGGER" WAS PART OF ROY'S RODEO AND HORSE SHOWS; IT WAS THE "ON THE ROAD TRIGGER" - AS ROY WOULD ADMIT LATER, TO HAVE THE MOVIE "TRIGGER" BE ALSO THE RODEO AND ON THE ROAD "TRIGGER" WOULD BE PHYSICALLY ASKING WAY TOO MUCH FOR THAT HORSE….. BUT THE STRANGE MIND-SET OF BLENDING TWO HORSES INTO ONE HORSE, CONTINUED WITH ROY AND DALE AND IT SEEMS WITH ALL THE MEDIA AS WELL - Keith Hunt
Trigger was boarded at a ranch miles away from the Rogers home in Apple Valley. All of the family's show horses were boarded there. Trigger Jr., Trigger's successor, was born at that location as well. When Trigger was getting along in years, Roy rode the colt. Trigger Jr. wasn't as tall as Trigger, but he was just as smart.
THE AUTHORS REALLY GET IT ALL WRONG HERE!! TRIGGER JR. WAS NOT BORN AT SOME RANCH NEAR APPLE VALLEY. ROY COULD NOT BUY HIM UNTIL THE HORSE WAS 9 YEARS OLD; THE OWNERS FOR SOME YEARS WOULD NOT SELL HIM TO ROY. TRIGGER JR. WAS ALWAYS TRIGGER JR. IT REPLACED THE "SECOND TRIGGER" FOR RODEOS AND HORSE SHOWS. SOMETIMES DALE WOULD SAY THINGS TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE TRIGGER JR. WAS FROM "TRIGGER" - LIKE FATHER AND SON. ALL EXPLAINED IN OTHER ARTICLES UNDER THIS SECTION - Keith Hunt
By the time Trigger was thirty-three years old, his golden locks had faded to gray, and age was showing around his eyes and ears.
MORE HUGE MISTAKES BY THE AUTHORS; THE ORIGINAL TRIGGER NEVER LIVED TO BE 33 BUT ONE DAY SHY OF 31. NEITHER OF THE TWO TRIGGERS HAD "GOLDEN LOCKS" FADING TO GRAY; GOLDEN PALOMINOS DO NOT TURN GRAY - IF THE HAIR HAD, ROY COULD NEVER HAVE MOUNTED HIS ORIGINAL TRIGGER'S SKIN AND PLACED THE MOUNTED HORSE IN HIS MUSIUM - Keith Hunt
He died in the summer of 1965. He had lived a long life and brought joy to the hearts of children everywhere. Roy was quietly despondent over Trigger's passing—so much so that he couldn't bring himself to tell his family. It was more than a year after Trigger's death before Roy broke the news to his children and the public.
YES THIS WAS TRUE - WITH THE ORIGINAL TRIGGER. THE "SECOND" TRIGGER, WHO DID ALL THOSE TRICKS, WAS THE "ON THE ROAD TRIGGER" FOR YEARS, NEVER GOT PRESERVED OR MENTIONED IN ANY NOTABLE WAY BY ROY OR DALE. THE TWO HORSES AS ONE, WAS NOT TO BE MENTIONED IN ANY LARGE PUBLIC WAY….. THE GREAT DECEPTION WAS LARGELY TO REMAIN AS JUST THAT….. A GREAT DECEPTION - Keith Hunt
Variety Magazine wrote on April 6,1966:
"Trigger, Roy Rogers' famed Palomino, and his equine costar for many years, died of old age at thirty-three on July 3,1965. It has just been disclosed by the film and television star that he is having the horse stuffed and mounted…."
AGAIN THEY GOT IT WRONG…. THE HORSE WAS ONE DAY SHY OF 31. THE HORSE WAS NOT "STUFFED" - THE SKIN WAS PLACED OVER A MAN-MADE FRAME. THE REST OF THE HORSE….WENT….. YOU KNOW WHERE. THIS WAS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE ROY EVER MADE. I WAS AT THE ROY ROGERS MUSEUM TWO MONTHS BEFORE IT CLOSED; THE MOUNTED "TRIGGER" WAS A THIRD CLASS POOREST SHOWING OF A ONCE BEAUTIFUL LOOKING HORSE. THE DISPLAYED TRIGGER WAS NO COMPARISON TO THE ORIGINAL TRIGGER - THE DISPLAYED TRIGGER WAS A POOR SHADOW OF A ONCE UPON A TIME MAGNIFICENT STALLION - Keith Hunt
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