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Doc Bar (1956–1992) was a Quarter Horse stallion that was bred to be a racehorse, became an outstanding halter horse, and in his sire career revolutionized the cutting horse industry.

Doc Bar
BreedQuarter Horse
Cutting sire
SireLightning Bar
GrandsireThree Bars
DamDandy Doll
Maternal grandsireTexas Dandy
CountryUnited States
BreederFinley Ranches
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Last updated on: January 11, 2008.


Doc Bar was foaled in 1956,[1] and his sire was Lightning Bar, a son of Three Bars (TB). His dam was Dandy Doll, a daughter of Texas Dandy. Dandy Doll's dam was a descendant of Joe Reed P-3.[2]


Among Doc Bar's famous offspring are Doc O'Lena, Doc's Oak, Dry Doc, Doc's Marmoset, Doc's Dandy Doll, Doc's Haida, Doc's Starlight, Handle Bar Doc, Doc's Prescription, and Doc's Play Mate.[3] Among his grandget are Smart Little Lena, Lenas Peppy, Royal Mahogany, and Lynx Melody.[1]

Death and honorsEdit

Doc Bar died on July 20, 1992,[1] and was buried on the Jensen/Ward Doc Bar Ranch in Paicines, California.[4]

Doc Bar was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) AQHA Hall of Fame in 1993.[5] In 2007 Western Horseman magazine chose Doc as number two on their list of top ten ranch horse bloodlines.[6]


Midway (TB)
Percentage (TB)
Gossip Avenue (TB)
Three Bars (TB)
Luke McLuke (TB)
Myrtle Dee (TB)
Civil Maid (TB)
Lightning Bar
Flying Squirrel (TB)
Doc Horn (TB)
Debutante (TB)
Della P
Old DJ
mare by Old DJ
Doc Bar
*Porte Drapeau (TB)
My Texas Dandy
Sadie M
Texas Dandy
Lone Star
mare by Cap
Dandy Doll
Lawyer (TB)
Bartender II
Bar Maid F
Red Joe of Arizona
Nelly Bly
Topsy by Gringo


  1. ^ a b c Close and Simmons, Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares pp. 68–69
  2. ^ Pedigree of Doc Bar at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 22, 2007
  3. ^ Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 27–30
  4. ^ Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal p. 14
  5. ^ American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Doc Bar". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  6. ^ Denison and Hecox "The Top Ten Ranch Horse Bloodlines" Western Horseman pp. 34–41


  • All Breed Database Pedigree of Doc Bar retrieved on June 22, 2007
  • American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Doc Bar". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  • Close, Pat; Simmons, Diane, eds. (1993). Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-26-0.
  • Denison, Jennifer; Hecox, Ross, eds. (October 2007). "The Top Ten Ranch Horse Bloodlines: Western Horseman ranks the top bloodlines used in today's working ranch remudas". Western Horseman: 34–41.
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees.
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny (July 1996). "Last Rites". Quarter Horse Journal: 14.

Further readingEdit

  • Close, Pat "Doc Bar: The Story Behind the Legend" Western Horseman July 1977
  • Dixon, Cathy "The Doc Bar Heritage" Quarter Horse Journal June 1979
  • Nettles, Gayla "Doc Bar: The Failed Racehorse who Became the King of Cutting" Quarter Horse Journal February 2002
  • Robertson, Anna "The Doc Bar Influence in Cutting ... Will it Last?" Quarter Horse Journal January 1973

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