An asking price of $12,000 for a top cutting futurity prospect in today’s performance horse market is virtually unheard of. Forty-three years ago, though, it sounded like a lot of money to non-pro cutter Paul Crumpler, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who, on the advice of legendary trainer Shorty Freeman, flew to California to look at a 3-year-old named Doc Quixote. Leon Harrel, who had the horse in training for owners Neil and Linda Mussallem, of Gilroy, California, helped negotiate the sale.
Forty-five days prior to the 1973 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, the horse was schooled by Freeman and Buster Welch, another legendary cutting trainer. Crumpler’s purchase appeared to be the real deal as he rode the horse to win the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Championship.
The stallion was retired from the show pen in 1977 and became the cutting industry’s first syndicated stallion with each share reportedly valued at $100,000. Four years later, in 1981, the stallion became part of Super Syndicate, which included three other sons of Doc Bar – Doc Tari, Doc’s Hickory and Doc’s Lynx – as well as Doc Athena, a grandson of Doc Bar, and two outcross-bred stallions, Smokin Jose and Leonard Milligan. In 1988, Doc Quixote sold to Heins Investment in Montana, which was represented by Pat Fitzgerald, of Paoli, Oklahoma. The following year, the stallion was purchased by Fitzgerald, who retained ownership of Doc Quixote until the stallion died at the age of 32 in 2002.
According to Equi-Stat, Doc Quixote’s offspring have won $10,502,407. Among his top money-earners are Poco Quixote Rio (out of Poco Lady Liz x Poco Rip Cash), $1,108,885; Docs Okie Quixote (out of Jimmette Too x Johnny Tivio), $637,707; Cash Quixote Rio (out of Poco Lucy Cash x Poco Rip Cash), $604,930; and Jazzote (out of Queen Vicky x Royal King Tony), $586,212.
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