When collegiate basketball player Larry Jeffries moved from Illinois to Houston, Texas, in the 1970s, he not only established a successful office cleaning business, he also caught the “cutting horse bug.”
Jeffries loved the Texas Western lifestyle, and he couldn’t wait to own a horse of his own. He eventually became not only a horse owner, but a noted breeder. He established an equine business that included top foundation-bred broodmares and a 1981 cutting stallion named Doctor Wood.
Jeffries found Doctor Wood through trainer Polly Hollar, who had taught Jeffries the ins and outs of cutting and became a close friend. Having watched multiple Doc O’Lena offspring succeed in the show pen and determined to one day own a son of Doc O’Lena, Jeffries set money aside to purchase his Doc O’Lena-bred cutter. Jeffries’ good fortune to be able to purchase Doctor Wood was due to another man’s misfortune when a divorce forced him to sell the stallion.
Trained initially by Pat Earnheart, Doctor Wood (out of Guthrie Red Ann x Hollywood Gold) made the semifinals at many of the National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) major events, including the 1984 NCHA Futurity, 1985 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Breeders Cutting. His first victory was at the 1985 East Texas Cutting Futurity and Maturity, where Bill Glass showed him to a winning 220 score. After earning NCHA Bronze, Silver and Gold awards, and banking nearly $110,000, the stallion retired from competition in 1990.
Doctor Wood sired 62 money-earners with total earnings of $421,165. His No. 1 money-earner was Miss Echo Wood, a 1988 mare out of Gay Echo (by Gay Bar King) who won $59,801 during her show career and was the dam to earners of more than $360,000. A few more of Doctor Wood’s successful offspring include Freckles O Wood, a 1984 gelding out of Bee Freckles (by Bob Bueno Bar) with earnings of $50,858; Woods Image, a 1990 stallion out of Breeze Jos (by Jose Uno) with $49,802; It Bee Wood Too, a 1989 gelding out of Freckles It Bee (by Colonel Freckles) with $47,118; and Miss Blue Wood, a 1994 mare out of Freckles Gay Echo (by Colonel Freckles) with $35,733.
Doctor Wood continued to breed until 2006, when extensive arthritis forced Jeffries to make the decision to have his best friend put down.
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