The Tennessee Walking Horse
is an equine breed from the southeastern portion of the United States. It was created when the wealthy plantation owners of the south were in need of hardy horses that would also be comfortable with riding over long distances during daily work tasks.
Black Allan was a descendant of Hamboltonian, a famous Standardbred. He was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1886 and was sold to horse owners in Tennessee after he failed to show enough interest in harness racing. It was there that he sired several of the foundation horses for the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.