Trigger For Sale

In the somewhat-odd western news department, Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger (or, at least, the stuffed and mounted remains thereof) is going up for auction this week in the wake of the closing of the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri.

Rick Steelhammer’s article in the West Virginia Gazette provides a good overview of Trigger’s career and about the auction in general (also for sale: Roy’s dog Bullet).

The palomino began his show-biz career in 1938 at the age of 6, not in a western, but in a Robin Hood movie, in which his passenger was Maid Marian, portrayed by Olivia de Havilland. Trigger encountered Rogers a few months later on the set of “Under Western Stars.” The two hit it off, got Hollywood name changes (Leonard Slye became Dick Weston and then Roy Rogers, while Golden Cloud became Trigger), and became business partners once Rogers paid off Trigger’s $2,500 purchase price on the installment plan.

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