Looking Back In Time: Learning About Some Foundation Stallions
By Erika Druker, Makena Lawrence and Rachel Beerbower, January issue Show Horse Today
In today’s show world, the best of the best have the nicest bloodlines money can buy. Looking at the tangled webs that make up their “family and relatives” we sometimes wonder, “What horse started all of this?” Often people forget about the foundation stallions that created all of their talented offspring. For years people have bred to these stallions in order to create that “perfect horse,” but rarely people think of the horses that made breeding worth it.
In this article, we will give you a taste of just some of the great foundation stallions that have influence our industry and the horse world in general. All of theses sires have made a profound mark on their babies, and likely will hold places of honor in all of our hearts.
Three Bars is just one of the greats, a thoroughbred stallion by Percentage (TB) and out of Myrtle Dee (TB) born in 1940. He was not only a race champion himself, even recovering from injury as a six-year-old, but produced Hall of Fame Offspring such as Zippo Pat Bars (2002 inductee), Sugar Bars, Lightning Bars, Rocket Bars (TB) and several others. Zippo Pat Bars is even featured later in this issue! Three Bars also produced National Cutting Horse Association and Racing money-earners. His grandson Doc Bar went on to be one of the most influential sire on cutting horses to this day! He is discussed later in this series. Three Bars was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.
Three Bars was owned by James N. Parrish of Kentucky and later leased to Walter Merrick of Oklahoma because of previous injuries on the track. He was later bred to Quarter Horse mares and produced offspring such as, Lena’s Bar (TB), Lucky Bar (sire of Impressive), and Rocket Bar. He passed away right before his 28th birthday on Mr. Merrick’s ranch. He was the sire of 29 AQHA Champions, 4 AQHA Supreme Champions, 317 Racing Register of Merit earners, and his foals earned more than $3 million on the racetrack. Among his famous offspring were Mr. Bar None, Gay Bar King, Sugar Bars, Lightning Bar, Tonto Bars Gill, St. Bar, Steel Bars, and Bar Money. Others include Triple Chick, Alamitos Bar, Bar Depth, Royal Bar, Josie’s Bar, and Galobar.
To read more about these great foundation stallions such as Doc Bar, Zippo Pat Bars, Leo, Mr Gun Smoke, and Poco Bueno, check out the rest of the story here!
Republished from the 2013 January Issue of Show Horse Today