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Super Sweaters

The Sweater is that winning breed that brawls its opponents into submission.

Our Dragon Warrior Super Sweaters came from the bloodlines of our 5 Years old DRAGON WARRIOR five (5) times Winner DWGF Sweater broodcock.  He won four (4) derby wins at the World Slashers Cup competitions and 1 win in the International Derby in Pasay. We bred this bloodline with another five times (5X) winner family of old line imported Sweaters that we got for our yard many years ago, together with two other dominant Sweater families that we had acquired from our gamefowl breeding friends in the Philippines.

There are many stories about the history of the SWEATER Bloodline.  According to the one of the greatest American breeder who had lived on Earth and who had shared his best winning bloodlines to the likes of Carol Nesmith, Eugene Brown (Oakgrove Farm), Dink Fair and Bruce Barnette, among many others--this is the history of the Sweater Bloodline as posted in the Johnnie Jumper Legacy write-up:

"Sweater McGinnis gave Water Kelso a yellow legged hatch cock whose bloodlines are thought to trace back to Harold Browns McLean Hatch. Mr Kelso bred this cock to his Kelso hens and the offspring from the mating where outstanding pit cocks.  Cecil Davis, who was a friend of Mr Kelso, walked cocks for him and had access to Mr Kelso's best fowl. Cecil got one of the cocks which Mr Kelso raised from the Sweater McGinnis Hatch cock and his own hens. Cecil got this cock from Doc Robinson, who also walked cocks for Mr Kelso. The cock was yellow legged and pea-combed.  Cecil bred him to five of his out and out Kelso hens. The offspring from this mating were the foundation of the Sweaters. They were called Sweaters because the Hatch cock from Sweater McGinnis was their grandfather.   As the above indicates, in breeding, they would be 3/4 Kelso; 1/4 Yellow-Legged Hatch. The original sweaters were bred by Ira Parks, who was Johnnie Jumper's brother in law, a very fine man and an excellent breeder of gamefowl.  Ira, Johnnie, and Cecil were at the hub of a group cockers in the northern Mississippi and Tennessee who were friends and cocking partners.  Several of this group got sweaters from the original mating. Some of these friends have bred the Sweaters without addition of outside blood and have them in their purity today. Other breeders have added infusions of other blood in their Sweaters. The line of Sweaters which is bringing the breed such popularity today came from Roy Brady, who got some of the first mating of Sweaters, to Sonny Ware, to Odis Chappell, to Carol Nesmith and the Browns of Mississippi (Eugene and Gene). Odis Chapel let a number of his friends in addition to Carol, to have his Sweaters, so the blood has been distributed rather widely in central Alabama in recent years.  It has been excellent blood for all who got it.  This line of Sweaters produces occasional green legged offspring, usually pullets.  When asked about this Roy Brady said that at one time some hatch was bred into this line.  This line is also said to carry a small amount of Radio blood. The Sweaters described in this article are typically orange-red to light red in color, with yellow legs and pea-combs. Of interest however, Dolan Owens of Booneville, Mississipi, acquired some of the early sweaters and has bred them to come uniformly dark, wine red in color, straight comb and white legged.  In looks these two lines of Sweaters show almost no resemblance.  This is an example of how a family of fowl can be bred toward different standards by different breeders, and in a few generations, the tow lines will be like two different breeds!  Sonny Ware bred some Radio into the Sweaters making them pumpkin in color. Most people like this color better and breed to that end.

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