Trigger, the faithful steed to film and TV cowboy Roy Rogers for nearly three decades, will be put up for auction next month. The horse, who was stuffed and mounted by Rogers after its death 45 years ago this July 3rd, is one of 300 items up for bid that were once part of the collection at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, which closed its doors last year. Trigger is expected to go for somewhere between $100,00 and $200,000.
Trigger, a golden palomino, made its movie debut as Olivia de Havilland’s mount in the 1938 swashbuckler The Adventures Of Robin Hood. Later that year, Rogers picked the horse out of several potential steeds for his first lead film role, Under Western Stars. Rogers was so impressed with the horse, that he bought it and renamed it Trigger. Reportedly, Rogers had Trigger trained to respond to 150 trick cues and to walk up to 50 feet on its hind legs.