Elvis Presley’s Horse Rising Sun

Ive been asked lately if I would post more information about Rising Sun.

Elvis bought Rising Sun from a man by the name of Robert Boyd.
Elvis renamed the Horse “Rising Sun” and it became his personal mount.
The barn soon bore the name “House of the Rising Sun”.

To my understanding Rising Sun was the 2nd horse to be purchased by Elvis, Domino was the first.
Rising Sun was Elvis’ favorite Golden Palomino, and when he came to live at Graceland in the mid-1960s, the stable was named “House of Rising Sun.” Rising Sun enjoyed a full life of roaming Graceland’s pastures for 21 years, until his death in 1986. He was buried facing the rising sun in the east. After the loss of Rising Sun, another Palomino Quarter Horse, Sun’s Reflection, was brought to Graceland in 1988. Both Sun’s Reflection and Rising Sun came from the same bloodlines and were purchased from the same farm. Sun’s Reflection lived for 27 years, but died at Graceland on August 14, 2009, just two days before the anniversary of Elvis’ death, August 16. Sun’s Reflection died of respiratory distress, despite the valiant efforts of a team of veterinarians from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine to save him. Both Rising Sun and Sun’s Reflection represented Elvis’ love for the Palomino Quarter Horse.

Elvis riding Rising Sun in 1969

Today there are still horses at Graceland, and the mansion has been open to the public since 1982.
Rising Sun was born in 1961.

Elvis riding Rising Sun

Elvis and Rising Sun

The Elvis Presley Stable Tour:


Ebony’s Double, a Tennessee Walking Horse and the last of Elvis Presley’s surviving horses, died suddenly on , January 14, 2005. He was 32 years old.

Elvis purchased Ebonys Double in 1975

Ebony's Double Elvis' last horse

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4 Responses to Elvis Presley’s Horse Rising Sun

  1. Caprice Leavitt says:

    Elvis was a good man and he really loved his horses!

  2. Karen Clark says:

    I am looking for Alene Alexander and wish to contact her because I plan on winning the 2012 Reining Horse Championship in Texas with a Palimino horse. The performance will be a tribute to Elvis and the horse’s name Rising Sun and a 2nd performance will be a spiritual something as I am wanting to win with a “Godly” performance and a “Spirit of God” Horse ! LOL ! Even if I don’t win I know it will be special. Email me at Katysailboat@aol.com if you know Alene. Love your website ! May you be blessed….

  3. Carroll B. Merriman says:

    I have seriously enjoyed your website. Elvis is and always will be the King!!! TCB

  4. Ronny McCoy says:

    Hi, I truely love this and all sites regarding Elvis Presely. He is the KING of Rockn’ Roll. I am very dissapointed and depressed that E lost his life at such a young age. I miss him and his music, including his Mom and Dad and the family. The Lady working at Graceland is a wonderful person and she really shows her care for Graceland, God bless her. I had been to Graceland only one time in 2002. I never knew that ” Rising Sun ” was burried on the grounds in the Pasture. Why is it that no grave markers were ever placed on the sites of all the animals passed there? God bless Elvis !

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