Best Quarter Horse Racing Stallions

Daniel Brown
• Friday, 06 November, 2020
• 8 min read

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In every breeding industry there are a number of incredibly influential bloodstock that make their mark on the stud book. These are the stallions and dams that dominate QuarterHorse news and have made such a huge impact on their breed that they are known almost as household names. From the Halter Horse show ring to the fastest quarter mile at the track, in addition to cutting, reining, and working cow horse events, these stallions cut out their place in the American QuarterHorse Association’s books as influential and leading in their disciplines.

In 1974, he earned the first ever World Champion Open Aged Halter Stallion title. He sired 2,250 horses in total, and made a name for his bloodline in halter after his world championship.

Originally crossed on Thoroughbred bloodstock, his get immediately started excelling in a variety of disciplines. The American and Australian Quarter horse breeders have produced an amazing horse capable of all round work and versatility.

Find out how Equine can help manage your QuarterHorse mares by using light therapy for a successful breeding and foaling season. Keep in mind that sometimes horses from a racing bloodline may actually excel as other events, like cutting or rodeo, and vice versa.

The Driftwood bloodline began all the way back in 1932 with a stunning bay stallion named Speedy. True to his name, Speedy became a successful match race winner at a young age.

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Years later, when he was purchased by a new owner and registered with the American QuarterHorse Association (Aqua), Speedy’s name was changed to the now famous Driftwood. He became known as a tried and true sire to produce quick, even-tempered Quarter Horses that excelled in the rodeo world.

From barrel racing to roping, the Driftwood bloodline continues to produce quality, successful horses that dominate the competition. Originally registered as Appendix based on his lineage, Go Man Go was bred to be a racehorse.

A cross between a Thoroughbred stallion and a mare registered as Appendix, the colt was not considered a true QuarterHorse at the time he was born. After years of fighting and determination by his owners, this gorgeous roan horse was added to the main Aqua registry largely thanks to the stunning features of his first offspring.

He was finally officially considered an American QuarterHorse, and he would go on to sire countless race champions including Duplicate Copy and Hustling Man. He is well-known in the racing world and to obtain a horse that possesses this lineage certainly increases the likelihood of succeed on the racetrack.

Born in 1961, Two Eyed Jacks was a stocky sorrel stallion whose lineage can be traced back to Joe Hancock, another popular QuarterHorse bloodline. Today, Two Eyed Jacks holds the top position in the all-time leading sires of Aqua Champion horses.

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A dominating force in the cutting horse industry, the Peppy San Badger line is arguably the bestQuarterhorse bloodline in the discipline. In his lifetime, Little Peppy sired an impressive 2,325 American Quarter horse foals who combined would earn over $25 million.

A chestnut QuarterHorse stallion born in 1956, Doc Bar was originally meant to be racehorse, but his true potential lay in halter events. While he struggled on the racetrack, Doc Bar excelled in halter events, winning an astonishing 9 grand championships in only 15 shows.

Beyond that, Quarter Horses today with the Doc Bar bloodline tend to be calm, easily trainable and full of potential in a variety of sports and uses. There is no question, one of the bestQuarterHorse bloodlines for ranch work and cattle wrangling is Doc Bar.

Born from a half-Percheron mare, Joe Hancock, the horse, did not fit the ‘desired’ Quarter horse standards of 1923. He would go on to sire numerous well-built Quarter Horses with calm demeanor as well as marked abilities inside and outside the arena.

His offspring include many successful roping horses such as Red Man and Roan Hancock, the latter of which was a favorite of famous ropers Shoat Webster and Everett Shaw. If you are looking for a successful roping horse, look no further than a lineage that includes Joe Hancock and his infamous bloodline.

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Proper training and adequate riders can often deter a Hancock horse that displays a penchant for bucking if you happen to come across one. One of the bestQuarterhorse bloodlines in the roping horse industry is the Joe Hancock bloodstock.

While not every single horse will have an exceptional downline, there are many that continue to impress and dominate their competition. The truth is, there are a lot of excellent bloodlines in the QuarterHorse breed, but Driftwood, Doc Bar, Go Man Go, Peppy San Badger, Joe Hancock and Two Eyed Jack rank at the top of their respective fields.

These bloodlines withstand the test of time and their descendants continue to represent them as the best of the American QuarterHorse breed. A steady stream of champion performance, race and ranch horses bred and produced by the Four Sixes TM and our clients are often featured in the news.

The Four Sixes is known worldwide, not only as a historic Texas cattle operation but also for producing top quality American Quarter Horses for racing and ranch work and are consistently ranked among the best in the breed. The ranch’s resident veterinarian and Horse Division Manager, Dr. Glenn Bridgett, directs the award-winning equine breeding program.

Dr Bridgett has cultivated a steady stream of champion performance, race and ranch horses produced by the Four Sixes and our clients. “The horse here is the vital component of our everyday operation of the ranch from gathering the cows to sorting the calves and calf branding time.

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The ranch stands some of the most popular stallions in the QuarterHorse industry, and modern technology allows for semen to be cooled, frozen and shipped almost anywhere in the world. Fourteen pastures make up approximately 10,000 acres of annual grain crops, improved grasses, and native rang eland, which are managed primarily for horse production.

“Back when the ranch was established, four Wheeler didn’t exist, so necessity transcended over the years into having these wonderful cow horses to do the work. “This is the best broke, big remedy of 75-100 saddle horses that I have ever seen as far as every one of them,” said longtime Four Sixes Ranch Employee Boots O’Neal.

Over the past 100 years or so, certain “mare families” have proven to deliver desirable traits in their offspring. The predominant 6666 mare families are identified by number, the most important of which include: 99 (our most dominant line), 96, 59, 4, 23 and Triangle 29 (V29).

The ranch’s foundation stallions included Joe Hancock, Hollywood Gold, Grey Badger II and CEE Bars. Left Shoulder The “L” brand, recognizing ancestor M. B. Loyd, is placed on Four Sixes Ranch horses.

With over 40 years of experience in the racing Quarter Horse industry, Blazinfire.com will help you find your next racehorse or producer. Call or text Lisa McMahon at 901-603-4050or email me at Lisamcadv@aol.com.

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THE BOON (LTE $76,156) (Peptoboonsmal-Boon San Kitty, by High Brow Cat) is an eight-generation descendant of OLD SORREL. Rites SWEET BADGER was utilized to make a more trainable all around foal out of some hotter bred cutting mares.

Sire of 14 Aqua point-earners, including MS Mary MERCEDES ($9,553: Abilene Western Non-Pro Cutting Futurity Reserve Champion). MARSALA RED was born, bred, and broke on King Ranch.

Rolando Singer, who used to serve as King Ranch’s Readers (wrangler) for the horse operation, would demonstrate MARSALA RED’s polite demeanor by saddling MARSALA gathering the stallion’s own mare band. MARSALA is almost a mirror image of HIRED HAND, a top son of OLD SORREL.

MARSALA is utilized to put more size and substance on thin boned, fashionable bloodlines of today. MARSALA RED is the sire of PLAY ADA MARSALA (Aqua point-earner: 9th Congress Pole Bending Junior Youth), A Oil BIT O FLASH (6th Aqua Cow town Showdown Ranch Horse Open).

MARSALA RED is a son of PLAY RED, $136,088: split 4th NCAA Super Stakes Open Classic; 5th Polo Ranch Cutting 4-Year-Old Open Derby; Abilene Spectacular Non-Pro Classic Co-Reserve Champion; finalist in the NCAA Non-Pro Derby; El Cid Cutting 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champion. Sire of 45 RGP money-earners, 14 Aqua point-earners, including PLAY RED SALLY ($5,184 and 16 Aqua points: and 14 novice points: Aqua World Level 2 Amateur Barrel Racing Reserve Champion), ROYAL RED PLAY ($90,820: NCAA Western Nationals Non-Pro Champion).

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EL REY Hides is an eighth-generation descendant of our foundation sire, OLD SORREL. This horse is the last son of proven King Ranch sire Aquino SUGAR (CJ SUGAR x Pepys Aquino, PEPPY SAN BADGER).

“El Rey” is a great cross of a daughter of a top son of Little Peppy (HAIDAS LITTLE PEP), a top son of CJ SUGAR (Aquino) and foundation King Ranch blood. El Rey is descent of the King Ranch running horses DEPTH CHARGE and BOLD VENTURE (Kentucky Derby Winner and producer of ASSAULT, 1946 Triple Crown winner).

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