The late stallion Little Lido, shown with Rick Williams aboard, was a money-winning palomino son of Smart Little Lena. • Photo by Don Shugart, courtesy of Virginia Williams.

In Loving Memory of Little Lido

Quarter Horse News recently learned of the passing of Little Lido, a palomino son of Smart Little Lena who was owned for almost three decades by Jerry & Virginia Williams, of Corydon, Iowa.

At the time of his death, Little Lido had compiled an Equi-Stat sire record of $142,692. 

His leading performers in the Equi-Stat database were cutting earners Lidos Little Leo ($30,884, out of Little Peps War Lady, by Peppy San Badger), Lidos Little Rey ($14,181, out of Tamulenas Doll, by Tamulena) and RE Lidos Trish ($14,014, out of JB Little Peps Lady, by Jae Bar Flinn).

Below is a write-up owner Virginia Williams sent us about Little Lido.

The story of Little Lido, by owner Virginia Williams: 

On April 19, 1992, a palomino stud colt was foaled to breeder Eddie Wilson & owner Stacey Wilson. He was sired by Smart Little Lena and out of the mare Docs Palido (by Doc’s Prescription). He was consigned to the 1994 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer sale by Billy Emerson and was purchased at that time by Jerry & Virginia Williams, of Corydon, Iowa.

Rick Williams, of Corydon, finished Little Lido’s cutting training and showed him as a 3-year-old in three State Cutting Futurities, being an Open go-round winner, an Open finalist, and an Open Reserve Champion, as well as the Iowa Breeders Cutting Futurity Open Champion.  

In 1996, he qualified for the AQHA World Show with 8.5 Points, he was a Quarter Horse Congress Open finalist and the Iowa Breeders Cutting Futurity Non-Pro Champion.  

In 1997, he was the South Dakota Non-Pro Champion & the Iowa Breeders Open and Non-Pro Champion. In 1998, he was a finalist NCHA Eastern Nationals $3,000 Novice and the $10,000 Novice. Rick Williams showed him to win the MCHA Triple Play Open Championship and the use of a new Ford Dually Pickup. At that time, he was also in the NCHA Open Top 50.  

In 1999, he was the Northern Plains Spring Series Open Champion and the ICHA Year End Open Champion, and in 2000, the ICHA Year End Open & Non-Pro Reserve Champion.  In the years, 2001 and 2002, he was the Iowa State Fair Open Champion, Reserve Champion, and Youth Champion, as well as the NCHA Area 12  Open & Non-Pro Champion.  He was shown many times all over the Midwest in Open, Non-Pro, and Youth Cutting competition with approved & unapproved earnings of nearly $50,000.  

Our granddaughter qualified him for the National High School Rodeo Association Girls Cutting in 2004/2005 through 2008 making the Top 9 of the Nation the 2005/2006 year.  He was retired from showing in 2008.

He sired 234 foals with 51 of them being earners. Cutting earners were in the amount of  $116,822, six of his foals had 142 AQHA Points, plus he had earners in ranch & team sorting with overall earnings totaling $175,647.

His foals were great looking with a high percentage of them being palominos. They were enjoyed by everyone that owned one of his offspring.

He made his home at the Williams until he passed away on Feb. 1.  He was a super minded stallion that was enjoyed and loved by our whole family for 27 years.


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