The Passing of a Legend
MT. PLEASANT, TX - Goliath, the 2005 Guinness Book of World
Record holder for Tallest Living Horse, passed away peacefully July 3, 2014 on the Priefert Ranch in
Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Goliath
was an awe striking black Percheron gelding who stood 19.1 hands high and
weighed over 2500lbs. He was superstar and legend in his own right.
Bill Priefert purchased Goliath, along with five other
Percherons, that made up Priefert's "Texas Thunder" Hitch. Goliath and the team
traveled 40,000- 60,000 miles a year, exhibiting at over 100 rodeos, parades,
fairs, and equine events each year.
After becoming a Gunniess World Record title holder, Goliath traveled
solo, making countless stops at Priefert Dealers and Priefert-sponsored events across the country.
Goliath will no doubt be remembered by countless admirers
and equine enthusiasts who experienced the thrill of meeting him. For
those who knew him best and had the privilege of working with him, he will hold
a special place in their hearts always. Owner Bill Priefert notes that
"Goliath will be missed by our family and our company. It was a privilege
to have owned such an amazing animal. Goliath will remain on the Priefert
Ranch and he will be honored with a special memorial so that he may be
remembered for generations to come."
Jeff Rash, Priefert's Vice President of Sales and Marketing,
oversaw Goliath's scheduling and promotion. He commented that "Horses have
always been a symbol of freedom, power, beauty and grace. Goliath
embodied all of those characteristics in a ‘larger than life' way. He was
more than a gentle giant, more than a world record holder and certainly more
than just a horse. His heart was kind, humble and pure and it showed in
his unique and wonderful disposition. Goliath was not only a member of
the Priefert family but a big part of the fabric of America. It was a
pleasure to share him with the rest of the world. I'm sure I'll always
smile as I drive past his grave on Priefert Ranch and think ‘I once rode the
world's tallest horse'."
Jason and Rose Goodman, operators of the Priefert Texas
Thunder Hitch, traveled with Goliath as part of their team for many years. The
Goodman's not only helped train Goliath, but also reflected that "Goliath
served Priefert Manufacturing as a very noble horse for many years." Charles Woods, and wife Guilda who
traveled with Goliath on his solo tour had this to say about him, "As we say
our goodbyes to Goliath we want to pause to reflect back on his life. A ‘Southern Gentleman' in the world of
horses. He had a character all his
own. He was a crowd pleaser and a
flirt with the people. Women looked at him as tall dark and handsome, men looked at him
as a big work horse. He did his
share of work for many years as a wheel horse in a six horse hitch. After becoming the Guinness World
Record holder as The Tallest Living Horse, his life style changed from a work
horse to a celebrity. He brought
smiles to the young and old alike.
After seeing Goliath, folk never seem to forget him. Goliath will
truly be missed by all who knew him and especially by Guilda and myself.
It is clear that Goliath was more than just a record holder,
he was loved and admired by so many. The Priefert's were honored to have him as
part of the family and that is why he will forever remain on the Priefert Ranch
where he was interned. There will be a special monument placed on the ranch to
observe his final resting place.