Contact Us

Roy Rogers’ Trigger Follows ‘Happy Trails’ to New Home

Roy Rogers‘ beloved horse Trigger has more ‘Happy Trails‘ ahead of him in Omaha, Neb.

The horse that Roy rode into the sunset in many western-themed movies has been sold for $266,500 to a business man who owns a rural-themed cable network, according to CBS News. The sale was made as part of a two-day auction of items held by Roy Rogers, Jr. It was what a spokesperson for Christie’s auction house says was the “most colorful, emotional and sentimental” sale she’s experienced in her 20 years with the firm.

As fans know, Roy Sr. had the palomino — that was never bred and left no heirs — stuffed and displayed after it died at age 33 in 1965. Trigger, who some call the most famous horse ever to appear in films, could perform countless tricks on cue and many claimed it could walk 50 feet on its hind legs.

Youngsters who watched Roy and Trigger in the movies and later on ‘The Roy Rogers TV Show,’ which aired from 1951 to 1957, knew Trigger as well as the signature song of Roy and his wife Dale Evans, ‘Happy Trails.’

Among the more than 1000 items Roy Jr. put up for auction included the following, according to Christie’s:

– a 1964 Bonneville convertible fitted with silver dollars (high bid: $254,500)
– Buttermilk, Dales’ former horse (also stuffed; high bid: $25,000)
– Bullet, Roy’s former dog (again, stuffed; high bid: $35,000)
– Photos of Roy Sr. and friends (high bid: $8,125),
– Photos of Roy and his leading ladies (high bid: $1,375)

Roy, known as “King of the Cowboys,” is the only person ever inducted twice into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was inducted in 1980 as a member of the original Sons of the Pioneers group. In 1988, he was again inducted as a solo artist.

Roy died in 1998, and Dale passed away in 2001.

The couple’s eldest son, Roy (Dusty) Jr., is a singer who often performs in Branson, Mo.

Download Roy Rogers Sr. Songs

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboot.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boot quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on The Boot quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!