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Bohemian Actress 10864 (WGC, WC, RWGC, RWC)

Published Date: Aug 10, 2018

Bohemian Actress

The second in Louise Gilliland’s series of newly minted older champions is the bay Bohemian Actress. Foaled in 1913, she was bred by Allen S. Edelsen of Burgin, KY. She was sired by Bohemian King and out of American Lady by Montgomery Chief. Her show career spanned a remarkable 12 years from 1913 to 1925. She started her career as a Reserve World’s Champion Weanling and proved to be a very versatile mare winning championships in the fine harness, three-gaited and five-gaited divisions. Bohemian Actress was shown by Quinn Davis, Trev Anderson, P. J. Donnelly and Janice Liggett. The bulk of her champion qualifying points were won from 1920 through 1925, under the ownership of John P. Crozer. In addition to Crozer, Bohemian Actress had a number of owners that included the great black horseman Tom Bass, Dr. W. C. Gadsby, the partnership of Houchen and Anderson, and Janice Liggett.

The gifted mare earned the Three-Gaited World’s Grand Champion title in 1925 and certainly deserves the title of champion.  Bohemian Actress also won championships at such major shows as Chicago International, New York National, Philadelphia Indoor, South Shore, St. Louis, etc. Louise documented the mare showing in over 100 classes and was able to verify a total of 65 points (though eight of them do not count as she exceeded the limit of earning three points at any one horse show).  She had an additional three wins where class numbers could not be verified. After retiring from the show ring Bohemian Actress produced five foals.

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