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Doc Tom Tucker, pictured with owner Skip Brown, was an influential reined cow horse sire -- especially on the West Coast. * QHN File Photo.

From The Archives: Doc Tom Tucker

Sired by the famed Doc Bar, the stallion Doc Tom Tucker was the working cow horse and cutting sire of his era on the West Coast.

The stout bay stallion bred by Chas Zuger of Waitsburg, Washington, was foaled in 1972 and owned for many years by National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Famer Skip Brown’s Bar Eleven Quarter Horses, of Eagle Point, Oregon.

Out of Tonette Tivo (by Poco Tivo), Doc Tom Tucker was a ¾ sibling to Docs Lynx and Docs Prescription (both out of Jameen Tivo by Poco Tivo), who were both productive sires in their own right.

Stud Career

Doc Tom Tucker sired 784 foals, according to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Over the course of his stud career, he sired more than $1.6 million in progeny earnings, according to Equi-Stat

The stallion influenced both the cutting and reined cow horse disciplines, with roughly $500,000 of his progeny earnings coming from cow horse and $971,000 from cutting.

His leading earner is cutter Take A Tuck, a 1981 gelding out of Sheza Van Bar (by Morris Van Bar) who earned $71,460. Take A Tuck’s biggest payout came in 1985 at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Stakes in the Non-Pro Derby, where the Reserve Championship paid $14,155.

Following Take A Tuck is another cutter, Smugglers Only, a 1978 mare out of Dinera Smuggler (by Toy Smuggler) who earned $67,643. 1984 was Smugglers Only’s biggest year, with more than $25,000 won at weekend shows across the Western United States. 

AQHA Superhorses

Doc Tom Tucker crossed association lines with his progeny, two of them finding their way to AQHA’s most-coveted title: Superhorse. In 1994, his son Tuckers Vaquero became the youngest AQHA Superhorse at the time. The 1989 gelding out of Bueno Chex Be (by Bueno Chex) was a five years old and competed in Senior Working Cow Horse, Senior Heading, Senior Reining and Senior Heeling.

His second AQHA Superhorse was in 1997, when son Tostada Tucker (out of Janie Chex by Bueno Chex) earned the honor. A 1983 bay gelding, Tostada Tucker competed in Senior Team Penning, Senior Working Cow Horse and Senior Reining to bring home the Superhorse title. 

Doc Tom Tucker is one of the few stallions to sire two AQHA Superhorses. 

Broodmare Sire

As a broodmare sire, Doc Tom Tucker excelled. To date his daughters have produced more than $3 million in earnings. Most notably is Smoke Time Tuck (Doc Tom Tucker x Ima Smoke x Mr Fools Smoke). Foaled in 1985, Smoke Time Tuck produced more than $580,000 in progeny  – including Tuckers Smart Cat ($183,276, by WR This Cats Smart) and Smart Time Tuck ($152,035, by Senors Lil Brudder) – and was inducted into the NRCHA Hall of Fame in 2015. 

One of the great stallion’s daughters also was responsible for the birth of another significant reined cow horse sire, Smokums Prize, who went on to have an oversized influence on reined cow horse breeding on the West Coast. Sired by Smokum Oak and out of the Doc Tom Tucker daughter, Tommie Tivio Tucker, the Walter and Sharon Wright-bred Smokums Prize won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship and the Non-Pro Reserve title. He then embarked on a stud career, siring the earners of $789,000 and perpetuating his maternal grandsire’s bloodline in modern cow horse pedigrees in California and beyond. 

Part of the Doc Bar legacy, Doc Tom Tucker contributed to the Western Performance horse industry in his own way. His name is found in many a Western performance horse pedigree, especially on the West Coast, and his progeny competed in diverse arenas.