Joe Reed II (1936–1964) was a Quarter Horse racehorse from the early days of the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) that became an influential sire with the breed.

Joe Reed II
BreedQuarter Horse
SireJoe Reed P-3
GrandsireJoe Blair (TB)
Maternal grandsireFleeting Time (TB)
CountryUnited States
BreederJ. W. House
  • 1942 Champion Quarter Running Stallion
  • AA speed rating speed rating
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame



Joe Reed II was registered number 985 in the AQHA's stud book. He was registered as a chestnut stallion that foaled in 1936. His breeder was recorded as J. W. House of Cameron, Texas, and his owner when he was registered was Bert H. Wood of Tucson, Arizona.[1] He was the son of Joe Reed P-3 and Nellene, a daughter of Fleeting Time (TB).[2] He was over half Thoroughbred by breeding, as both his sire and his dam were by Thoroughbreds. On his dam's side he traced twice to Traveler.[3] His paternal granddam, Della Moore, was a Louisiana bred mare.[4]

Racing career

In 1942 Joe Reed beat the famous Clabber to be proclaimed Champion Quarter Running Stallion.[2] He raced three times that meet, and won all three races. He had a foot injury and the last race he bled from the foot the whole race, but managed to win the race anyway.[5] After his racing career was cut short by that injury, Joe went on to sire such outstanding horses as Leo P-1335, Little Sister W, Joak, Joe Queen, and Tonta Lad.[6][7]

Death and honors


Joe Reed II died in 1964 at Fort Bridger, Wyoming.[2]

Joe Reed was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 1994.[8]


Faustus (TB)
Bonnie Joe (TB)
Bonnie Rose (TB)
Joe Blair (TB)
Bowling Green (TB)
Miss Blair (TB)
Com-I-Cut (TB)
Joe Reed P-3
Crazy Cue
Old DJ
Della Moore
Joe Reed II
Ultimus (TB)
High Time (TB)
Noonday (TB)
Fleeting Time (TB)
Great Britain (TB)
British Fleet (TB)
Belle Nutter (TB)
Brown Billy
mare by Traveler
Little Red Nell
Texas Chief by Traveler
Red Nell


  1. ^ AQHA Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 1–5 p. 110
  2. ^ a b c Close and Simmons (ed.), Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares pp. 152-154
  3. ^ Pedigree of Joe Reed II at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 22, 2007
  4. ^ LeBlanc Cajun-Bred Running Horses pp. 32-34
  5. ^ Nye "A Dash of Greatness" The Quarter Horse November 1946
  6. ^ Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 62-63
  7. ^ Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition p. 316
  8. ^ American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "Joe Reed II". AQHA Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Retrieved September 1, 2017.


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Joe Reed II retrieved on June 22, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on September 1, 2017
  • American Quarter Horse Association (1961). Official Stud Book and Registry Combined Books 1-2-3-4-5. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association.
  • Close, Pat; Simmons, Diane, eds. (1993). Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-26-0.
  • LeBlanc, Francis S. (1978). Cajun-Bred Running Horses: Notes on Horse Racing in Southwest Louisiana. Lafayette, LA: The Acadiana Press.
  • Nye, Nelson C. (November 1946). "A Dash of Greatness: Some Interesting Facts about Joe Reed II". The Quarter Horse.
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees.
  • Wagoner, Dan (1974). Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research.

Further reading

  • Wohlfarth, Jenny (December 1996). "Just One of the Joes". Quarter Horse Journal: 14.