One of the most prolific sires of the cutting horse industry. 

DocBarThis picture of Doc Bar was taken in March 1977 when he was 21 years old. Photo by David Brown of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
By Bob Denhardt, written July 1986

This writer feels that Doc Bar’s conformation, cow sense, and cutting horse ability came from his dam.

Anyone with even a remote interest in the Quarter Horse world will recognize the name Doc Bar, for never has there been such a prolific sire of cutting horses. His influence is also felt in the world of cow horses and reining horses, but it is in cutting where he reigned supreme–and still does through his many sons that have become great sires.

Now 30 years old, Doc Bar still lives on the Double J Ranch of his owners, Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Jensen. The ranch is in California, near the town of Paicines, about 45 miles south of Hollister. The ranch is managed by Charlie Ward and his wife Stephenie, a daughter of the Jensens.

As the accompanying pedigree shows, Doc Bar was sired by Lightning Bar a son of Three Bars (TB), one of the’ great sires of racing Quarter Horses. Doc Bar was out of Dandy Doll, by Texas Dandy, and the aim of this article is to explain why I feel that so much of Doc Bar’s cow sense and agility came from the distaff side of his pedigree. 

DB pedigree

My first view of Doc Bar was all it took to sell me on him, as he was physically everything I like in a Quarter Horse. Anyone who has roped a calf would admire his height–14.3 hands. On such a horse you can step off to tie without wrecking a knee. His 1,000- pound weight was adequate to trip most any steer on which you have dropped a rope. Early in his life, he showed that he had enough speed to catch a calf or steer without using up the whole arena. He was deep through the heart, clean in the throatlatch, had little fox ears, and a beautiful head that he probably inherited from his dam’s sire, Texas Dandy. Look at Texas Dandy’s picture accompanying this article and see what you think. Doc’s britches were impressive, well-muscled inside and out down to the hocks. His action was true and straight, and he had two of the best hind legs you ever saw on a horse.

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9 Comments

  1. Debora Brock Reply

    Hi! I used to own a Doc Bar line quarter horse 24 years ago. He was bred for cutten horse but He was my pleasure riding horse. He had the best disposition and nature. He was laid back in nature and loving horse. Great blood line going back to Doc Bar. His papered name was Scripture’s Dream. He was built beautiful proptiate. Pretty head and built all around. Beautiful red sorrel with one white sock. And and star, strip and snip on his front face.

  2. I was honered to have owned Candy Bar who was a Doc Bar decedent and the best horse I ever owned. Her colts were very intelligent and had such loving dispositions. Lot of pics with my children on them. Candy was an amazing cutting horse!

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  4. Anthony Lewis Reply

    I own a great great great grandson of Doc Bar here in Australia. I was also fortunate to own his dad by the name of Cracker Jack Morn and won many shows under halter when he was younger. Sadly we lost him when he was about 17 years old to what we think was a snake bite. His son we called Whispering Jack and is just such a beautiful horse……..

  5. so i have a horse called Flyaway Jessie he is Sunfrost great great grandson

    • Renee L Maine Reply

      40 years ago, I purchased Dee Bar Centivio in 1978 , 2 year s old. He was Doc Dee Bar ‘s first son, Dr. Jensen came to our small ranch in the Bay Area for a visit and to see a grandson of Doc Bar. It was a honor.

    • Hello, I live in germany and I own a doc bar granddaughter out of a little peppy mare. her name is candy dandy doll and i am so happy that she is pregnant for 2021 . i breed her to an metallic cat son and can not wait to see her foal next year.
      i love her . she is very good minded and she is a great cowhorse.

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