Show Horse. KoKo "The Miracle Horse of the Movies" was Rex Allen's personal equine. The studio's making westerns always stipulated the performer would furnish their own horse and wardrobe. The chocolate chestnut horse with a white mane and tail was a Morgan purchased at age ten from famed Hollywood trainer Glen Randall who continued to train the equine until his death. KoKo was buried in Malibu Canyon on a small ranch owned by Rex. After Allen rode into the sunset and moved to his ranch near Tucson, he created a little vest pocket park called the "Railroad Park" in Willcox, Arizona, his home town. Featured was a life size bronze statue of himself. He then had his horse KoKo exhumed and re buried at the foot of the statue. The grave has a memorial plaque labeled "KoKo 1940-1967 followed by a tribute. In the summers, Rex Allen along with KoKo would perform in rodeos, theaters and auditorium across the country then return to Hollywood and quickly make a movie which would take about a week of filming. The horse had his own filmography resume..."Colorado Sundown" "The Last Musketeer" "Border Saddlemates" "Old Oklahoma Plains" "South Pacific Trail" "Old Overland Trail" "Iron Mountain Trail" "Down Laredo Way" and "Red River Shore." Some facts and trivia about Allen and "The Wonder Horse"...memorabilia for KoKo and his owner Rex Allen are on display at the Rex Allen Museum on Railroad Avenue in downtown Willcox. The stallion KoKo starred in some thirty films and but appeared in many uncredited movies before animals were given credited status. While appearing in shows, Allen on KoKo would circle the arena, then do a spectacular sliding stop with Rex leaping off picking up his guitar and sing a few western songs followed by a series of tricks. They would bed down together on the area floor side by side while KoKo would reach over and pull a blanket off Rex with his teeth. KoKo as a stud produced many offspring. Only one was kept as a look a like and called KoKo Jr. which appeared with Rex, however the animal never reached the potential of his famous father.
Bio by: Donald Greyfield