Jul 04


The original Trigger, The Old Man, The Old Horse, would be turning 83 today. He was truly a very special horse. He was all spirit and fire when Dad rode him and the most gentle of giants when I rode him across the Van Nuys Wash (as a nine-year-old) to the Mom and Pop grocery store on Woodman Avenue.

My friend, and author of the upcoming definitive book on Trigger, Leo Pando, just sent me this photo of a very young Trigger and said that I can share it with you.

Happy a wonderful 4TH of JULY!

From both of us, Cheryl and Larry Barnett


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  1. Ron Becton

    Happy Born Day old man. You were some kind of horse

  2. Lula

    Happy Birthday

  3. Tiffany

    A book just on Trigger? When will that come out?

    1. Cheryl

      Shouldn’t be too long but I will let everyone know. I will post the notice on both my websites and the YouTube channels.

  4. patsy

    Happy Birthday trigger you still a beatiful hores

  5. patsy

    Happy Birthday trigger you still a beatiful hores *

  6. Diana Thorson

    Hello Cheryl,
    I am 75 years old. When we finally got our black and white TV (age 6 in NH) I was glued to it all day Saturday watching westerns. My heroine was Dale Evans for years. My horse was the railing and newel post padded with bath towels for a saddle. Once I left that stage of life, I read Angel Unaware while in (junior?) high school and grew to know my heroine and favorite cowboy for who they really were. I was fortunate several years ago to visit the Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO, and thought then that I needed to contact someone about a 78 rpm album I have of Roy and the Sons of the Pioneers, which I nearly wore out. I would like to donate it to the Museum but I think the one in Branson has closed. If you are interested, I would be happy to send it to you. At this point in my life, I’m not sure what else to do with it as I need to start downsizing.

    My husband’s aunties living in Apple Valley went to church with Dale and Roy.

    You may email me to advise me what I should to. I am now living in Flagstaff, AZ, cowboy country!

    1. Cheryl

      Hi, thank you so much for your great comment! Yes, the museum in Branson closed but you might want to look under RFDTV on the web and see about a new museum I understand that they are going to open in the Ft. Worth Stockyards. That might be a good home for your album.
      I am just about the same age you are and I am trying to downsize also.
      Again, thanks for your comment. Cheryl

  7. R. Fred Cope

    Hello Cheryl,

    I love your parents. Had the privilege of meeting your Mom at the Museum in 1999. She was in a wheelchair, alert and friendly and so welcoming to a lifetime fan. I shared a story with her that I share now with you. Obviously, your Dad was my childhood hero [still is, but for higher reasons]. When in the 3rd Grade, I had a new classmate named Petie Perrucci: moved back to the USA after his Dad completed a tour of Duty in the Philippines. Remember “Show and Tell” in school? Petie brought his Dad, two other Marines, and a Python skin that was about 30 feet long. The Marines had killed the snake with a 50 Caliber Machine Gun. Cool huh?

    That night, I had the most vivid dream of my life. I dreamed that the snake was coiled around me, and I was screaming for help, when a Golden Palomino galloped to my rescue. The rider was my two gun hero: Roy Rogers, and he shot that python dead. As I grew, I learned how your Dad took time to visit children in hospitals as he toured and did shows; and to this day I have enjoyed good health; so I take pride that an actor was in real life a REAL MAN who REALLY CARED, and who strove to live an exemplary life — not just for his children, but for all of us. I was blessed to have a Dad much like yours: good, honest, caring, strong but gentle, and whose greatest pride was his children. I have shared my memories of Roy Rogers to my children, their friends, and others as I had opportunity. I tell children to choose their heroes carefully, and understand that even the greatest are not perfect. Perfection may not be attainable, but reaching for perfection builds character. That character has always worth the effort.

    I think your Dad had a leg up on many: Your Mom. Singing “Happy Trails” with your Dad, your Mom and my Mother was a regular part of my childhood. I recently purchased a hardback copy of “Angels Unaware”. I had a paperback version that I read back in the 70’s. I shared it with young people, and someone failed to return it. My grandchildren are coming to that age where they need to know Robyn’s story, so I bought a copy for sharing with them.

    Cheryl, my Family is filled with Love and Blessings, and years ago my Sister-in-law gave me an official Roy Rogers pocket knife; and every Christmas there is a chorus of “Fred, take your Roy Rogers pocket knife and help me open my gift.” Yes, your Dad adds to our Christmas get togethers, and your Mom is honored by my daughters and daughter-in-law as they too love their children with such JOY and Fullness.

    Today Trigger reigns in men’s hearts, and gallops through our memories; but My Pal Trigger rides to the rescue on many a day for little boys from nine to ninety. One of my all time favorite quotes:

    “Good bye, good luck, and may the Good Lord take a likin’ to ya.”

    R. Fred Cope,
    Nashville, TN

    1. Cheryl

      Hello Fred,

      Thank you so much for your beautiful letter. We were very fortunate to have parents who touched so many lives in a positive and loving way.

      Mom and Dad were very talented people who knew that their talents were gifts and they tried to give back to the children and adults with whom they met along the way.

      God bless and thanks again for your comments. Cheryl

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