CH Harlem Town was humanely put to rest on February 25 after months of declining health at Fred Sarver's Cornerstone Farm in Carlisle, Kentucky.
The result of the breeding of the multi-World’s Champion Five-Gaited stallion, Harlem Globetrotter and multi-World’s Champion Three-Gaited mare, CH Town Dance, Harlem Town was royally bred. Erin Rudder rode CH Town Dance to the 1985 Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited 15-17 World’s Champions of Championship, while the mare was in foal to what turned out to be a legendary stallion, Harlem Town. Before being purchased by the Rudder family, Town Dance won three Ladies Three-Gaited World’s Championships with Jean McLean Davis, including the 1983 Ladies Three-Gaited World’s Champions of Championship.
Harlem Town began his show career by winning the 2-Year-Old Three-Gaited World’s Championship under the ownership of Neal Rudder with Larry Hodge riding. The beautiful black stallion returned to Freedom Hall the next year to claim the 3-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship. Harlem Town capped off his 3-year-old year by winning the UPHA Fine Harness Classic at the American Royal. Larry Hodge was at the lines for both titles.
David Rudder took over showing privileges at the Kentucky Fall Classic during the stud’s junior year, where the won the Junior Walk-Trot Stake. The pair ended the season by winning the Amateur Three-Gaited National Championship, as well as the Amateur Stallion/Gelding Stake at the Royal.
The next year, Harlem Town and David Rudder claimed the Amateur Three-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions title. The pair continued their winning ways in the Amateur Gentlemen’s Three-Gaited World’s Championship in 1992 and 1993.
In 1995, Mr. and Mrs. Tim O’Brien purchased Harlem Town, and his success in the show ring continued. Tim O’Brien debuted with the black stud in the Fine Harness division, winning the open qualifier and stake at ASHAV. The team closed out the season winning the Amateur Fine Harness National Championship at the Royal. The following year, Rob Tanner showed Harlem Town to the American Royal Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding blue.
Harlem Town led the O’Brien family to purchase a farm in Kentucky, and Mr. O’Brien truly enjoyed being an integral part of the stallion’s breeding career. With just a small group of mares, the stallion had huge success. Harlem Town provided all of his owners with pride and pleasure in his performance, as well as the offspring he produced.
Among his many successful offspring are CH Brookhill’s King Of Kool, Harlem’s Friendly Conversation, CH Harlem’s Santa Fe, CH Harlem’s Town Scandal, Major Buck, CH Kool Time BH, Mirror Me, CH Ninety-Eight Degrees, Samantha Jones, CH She’s My Desire BH, and many more.
CH Harlem Town was buried next to his Cornerstone stablemate, I’m A New Yorker. CH Harlem Town lives on through his son, the O’Brien Family’s young stallion, Brookhill’s Apollon.