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Photo courtesy of Dan Alliban.

Classic Stallion Quanah O Lena Passes On

Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Quanah O Lena has left this world for greener pastures. On Thursday, Dec. 26, the stallion was humanely euthanized after suffering a small stroke at the age of 32. 

“He was always friendly, genuine and a pleasure to be around. He was a family member to us,” recounted owner Dan Alliban of Carstairs, AB, Canada. 

Sired by Equi-Stat Elite $15 Million Sire and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Hall of Famer Doc O’Lena and out of Bar Socks Babe (by Bar El Do), Quanah O Lena had textbook cutting blood. And, the stallion was bred by the legendary Shorty Freeman. 

Under the guidance of Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Bill Freeman and Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Russ Miller, the 1987 stallion raked in more than $83,000 in the cutting pen. He earned the most in 1991, winning the Bonanza Derby Open, worth $14,822, with a score of 222 for then-owners Stanley and Lynne Warren of Declo, Idaho.

Quanah O Lena as a Sire

Life in the breeding shed was long and prosperous for Quanah O Lena. According to Alliban, he bred mares late into his life. His last breeding season was 2018. 

“He was just a phenomenal stud and his offspring were always great,” Alliban said proudly.

According to Equi-Stat, Quanah O Lena has 77 money-earning progeny totaling $1.1 million in earnings. His top performers include full siblings out of Peppys Queen Leota (by Little Peppy Three) — 1995 gelding Quanahbob ($227,411) and 1996 mare Lenas Wild ($79,884). The 1997 mare Quanahs Little Star ($79,549, out of Hickory Beauty x Doc’s Hickory) follows them.

Leading earner Quanahbob made his sire proud in 1998 when he won the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Futurity Open with Russ Miller, scoring a 223 and raking in more than $41,000 for owners David and Clare Capps of Millsap, Texas.

Quanah O Lena’s even temperament was often passed along to his offspring, Alliban said, and he will remember the stallion for his easy-going demeanor. 

“His temperament was great. I mean, my daughter — I don’t put her on stallions often — she could ride and exercise him,” he said. 

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