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was one of the greatest Saddlebred show horses of the 20th century. In 1948, the chestnut American Saddlebred stallion
A Stallion is a male horse.Stallion may also refer to:* Stallion , an American pop rock group* Stallion , a figure in the Gobot toyline* Stallion , a character in the console role-playing game series...
won his first Five-Gaited World Grand Championship, a title he kept for five years. In total he won 6 Five-Gaited World Grand Championships, the first of only two horses to accomplish this. In 1950 Life magazine featured Wing Commander as an example of a fine athlete and an American Idol. He was owned by Dodge Stables, trained and ridden by Earl Teater. Wing Commander stood at stud at Castleton Farms in Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 63rd largest in the US. Known as the "Thoroughbred City" and the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region...
. He became one of the greatest influences on the modern American Saddlebred
The American Saddlebred, formerly known as the American Saddle Horse, is a breed of horse that was developed in Kentucky by plantation owners. Today, in the horse show world, they are most commonly seen under saddle in Saddle seat style riding, and in various types of driving, including pleasure...
. He died at the age of 29.