<P>Q-RACING JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2013 79 champion Special Leader. Fulton is racings No. 3 all-time lead- ing breeder by money earned, behind only Dr. Ed Allred and Vessels Stallion Farm. Fulton is also the breeder of Grade 1 winner and top sire Mr Eye Opener. Other Grade 1 winners he bred include The Informant, Daring Difference, Jess Destined, Illusioneiress and Victory Defined, and he bred and raced standout horses Reckless Dash (who sired the earners of more than $3 million), Flaming Jet (who finished second to Timeto Thinkrich in the 1973 All American Futurity) and Fashionisanattitude (second to champion Eyesa Special in the 2000 All American). I never did it for the trophies, the ribbons, the points or even the money, Fulton said. The thing that I like most is to raise a colt and race it. Ill buy a broodmare but I wont buy a yearling. My kick is being able to figure out what mare to cross on what stud, raise that colt and have success – however you might define ‘success. Even with the ranch horses on my Quien Sabe Ranch, I found out a long time ago that its much easier to keep good cowboys on the ranch if you give them good horses to ride. Exceptional horses always were the hallmark of the Quien Sabe, in whatever area and arena they were in. Joe Kirk always had a keen eye for a horse, said AQHA Executive Committee Member Dr. Glenn Blodgett, general manager of the Burnett Ranches horse division at the Four Sixes Ranch. He wanted performance, but he wanted his horses to look good, too. Thats different from a lot of people, who dont pay a lot of attention to conformation as long as the horse performs well. He really cared for his horses, and always saw to it that his horses were well cared-for, he continued. They looked good all year round, no matter what they were doing. Joe Kirk always had a vision, was always looking ahead to what it would take to be a better breeder, Dr. Blodgett added. He had good horses, and he always wanted to improve on what he had. And thats the mark of a good horse- man. I respected his judgment on horses and his decisions as a breeder. We lost a leader. Joe Kirk is a role model for anyone in the Quarter Horse business. That assessment is not limited to breeders alone. Joe Kirks impact on the horse industry as a whole is sec- ond to none, said Mike Robbins, who trained Dashs Dream and Special Leader. He started with halter horses, then went into cutting and then into racing, where he really hit a home run. We butted heads a few times back early, but I have been training exclusively for him these past couple years and its been really great. The horse industry has lost a great horse- man and a great leader. Theres an old saying that if you want to be a leader, its a good idea to turn around now and then to make sure you are being followed. I didnt do it on my own, Fulton said at his 2011 induc- tion into the Hall of Fame. I have to recognize those people who smoothed the trail on my way here. Its not just a matter of breeding and raising horses. To reach any kind of peak, you have to have the team. And thats the most crucial thing. There are so many people who over the years guided me and mentored me, and helped put my program on top. Those people and those horses have been such a huge part of my life, he continued. The people guided me on my path. The horses gave me passage over the path. My horses soothe my soul. They feed my spirit. Its not like going to the office and scoring a financial windfall on this or that big deal. My horses keep me going. They keep me alive. I still ride my horses, I still check on my mares and babies every day. And I wouldnt have it any other way. Buried on his ranch at Stonewall, Fulton was preceded in death by his parents, R.H. and Evelyn Fulton and son Kirk. He is survived by Merle, his wife of 32 years; son Tim and Kendra Fulton; Larry Woolverton and Danielle Woolverton; Kyle Fulton; and nine grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to the American Quarter Horse Foundation and/or the Masked Rider Scholarship Fund at Texas Tech University. Online condolences may be left at www.fredericksburg-funerals.com. Joe Kirk was a fine gentleman and a fine horseman, said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. No mat- ter where he chose to focus his efforts – ranching, halter, performance, racing – the American Quarter Horse benefited immeasurably from his expertise. The hallmark of Joe Kirk Fultons Quien Sabe program were good-looking, athletic horses that stayed sound and performed at the highest levels. Were going to miss him. Joe Kirk Fulton certainly is missed. But never forgotten. Hes been my hero all my life, said Tim Fulton, 33. He was the biggest blessing I could ever ask for. He taught me so much. He was a great man, for my mom and me, personally, and for what he meant to the industry is beyond words. Richard Chamberlain is senior writer for AQHA Publications. To comment, write to richc@aqha.org. AQHA FILE PHOTO JIM PERSINGER Joe Kirk Fulton stands as Mike Robbins saddles his homebred world champion Dashes Dream. 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