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10 Famous AQHA Stallions and What Made Them Big

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 Quarter Horse news and have made such a huge impact on their breed that they are known almost as household names. These hugely significant horses are found in every breed, every registry and every bloodline in the history of breeding horses, but here we’ll talk about 10 of the most influential Quarter Horses from throughout history. 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 Quarter Horse Association’s books as influential and leading in their disciplines. Not only are their strong bloodlines present in American bred horses, but they have become the founding sires for many successful Australian bred studs as well. 

  1. Wimpy P-1 – The AQHA was founded in 1940. Its founders had decided that the first stallion recorded in their studbook would be the horse who took home the title of Grand Champion Stallion at the 1941 Fort Worth Fat Stock Show. That horse was King Ranch’s Wimpy.
  2. Poco Bueno – The first Quarter Horse in history to be insured for $100,000, Poco Bueno started his success by taking home championships as a yearling, and again as a Grand Champion Stallion in 1940. He began a highly successful cutting career in 1948.
  3. Old Sorrel – Known as the foundation sire for the King Ranch in the early 1900s, has been deemed by many to be one of the greatest working cow horses in history.
  4. Doc Bar – Bred for a career in Quarter Horse racing, Doc Bar failed from the very beginning. It wasn’t until his offspring were put to the test as cutting horses that he became forever known as a performance sire. His name is found in successful pedigrees worldwide.
  5. Impressive – An Appendix American Quarter horse, Impressive did not receive his full registration with the AQHA until 1971. 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.
  6. Jessie’s Koolibah – Reining Australia’s 2010 Hall of Fame horse Jessie’s Koolibah is an amazing example of versatility and excellence. With multiple awards next to his name, he became well known for his accomplishments from Halter to Cutting. He is renown as a performance sire due to his get being proficient at a variety of different disciplines.
  7. Mr. Jessie James– This Australian-bred Quarter Horse gained a foothold by excelling in the cutting arena. Inducted into the Cutting Horse Hall of Fame in 1997, his fame carried on as a quality performance sire, not only by siring multiple successful stallions, but is known as a successful dam sire as well.
  8. Hollywood Dun It – An NRHA Hall of Fame and American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame horse, Hollywood Dun It excelled in the reining ring. He was the first sire to produce offspring that earned over $3,000,000, and later $4,000,000.
  9. Vaquero Q1 – The first stallion registered to the Australian Quarter Horse Stud Book, Vaquero was the first of four stallions brought to Australia by King Ranch. In 1971 he was awarded the AQHA Award of Honour for his contributions to the breed, and is seen as one of the founding sires for Australian Quarter Horse Breeding.
  10. Mescal Q35 – A son of Wimpy, Mescal was imported to Australia by King Ranch to start quality Quarter Horse breeding in the land down under. Originally crossed on Thoroughbred bloodstock, his get immediately started excelling in a variety of disciplines.

When looking into AQHA pedigrees, you’ll find some names that frequently jump out. Not to be forgotten are significant sires like Three Bars, a Thoroughbred stallion who is considered one of the more influential founding sires of the breed. If you’re looking to pave the way to the AQHA World Show, starting with a solid pedigree will certainly help. The American and Australian Quarter horse breeders have produced an amazing horse capable of all round work and versatility. Through meticulous breeding programs, careful stallion and mare management and great knowledge of what makes a great Quarter Horse, the Quarter Horse has excelled across the board. Find out how Equilume can help manage your Quarter Horse mares by using light therapy for a successful breeding and foaling season.