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Target - Frontier horse on the western adventure ANNIE OAKLEY/SYN/1954-57.

Gail Davis as Annie Oakley on Target the Horse

Appropriately named, Target was owned by female sharpshooter and rancher, Annie Oakley (Gail Davis) who lived in the western town of Diablo. She later owned a horse named Daisy. The two horses used to play the role of Target were rental horses from the Ace Hudkins Stables.

Annie's younger brother Tagg (Jimmy Hawkins) rode an Amigo colt called Pixie and Deputy Lofty Craig (Brad Johnson) rode a steed named Forest.

Tagg Oakley on Pixie the Horss - ANNIE OAKLEY

Jimmy Hawkins, who actually owned Pixie the horse, went on tour with cowboy star Gene Autry and made frequent appearances at state and county fairs in the late 1950s. Pixie and Jimmy even got to be grand marshals in the 1960 Rose Parade. The talented Pixie could shake his head yes and no, smile, bow, say his prayers and jump through a hoop of fire. Pixie died at the age of 28.

TRIVIA NOTE: The series was filmed in Gene Autry's Melody Ranch in Newhall, California as well as at Pioneer Town outside Palm Springs, Corriganville, and Vasquez Rock outside of Los Angeles.

The real Annie Oakley, a.k.a. Phoebe Ann Moses (1860-1926). was born in Greenville, Ohio. Nicknamed Watanya Cicilia ("Little Sure Shot") by Chief Sitting Bull, Annie became the star attraction for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show (1885-1902).


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