Doc's Oak in the cutting pen. • QHN File Photo.

From The Archives: Doc’s Oak

Doc’s Oak is regarded as one of the foundational horses in today’s modern cutting lines. His is one of ‘those names’ that make people take a second look at a pedigree.

The 1973 stallion earned $70,998 in the cutting pen across two decades, including a fourth-place finish at the 1976 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity according to Equi-Stat, but thanks to his progeny his impact on the Western performance horse world is through his performance as a sire.

Doc’s Oak in the Show Pen 

Bred by Dr. and Mrs. Jensen of Los Altos, California, Doc’s Oak was sired by Doc Bar and out of Susie’s Bay (by Poco Tivio).

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Hall of Fame Inductee was nimble on his feet and held his tail straight out behind him as he cut. Doc’s Oak completed solely with Tom Lyons, the only man to win the NCHA Futurity, Derby, Super Stakes, NCHA Open World Championship and National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity. 

Sire Success

In the breeding barn, Doc’s Oak sired 523 performers, according to Equi-Stat and the average earnings for a Doc’s Oak foal stands at more than $20,000. Together the offspring have earned more than $10 million in the cutting, reined cow horse and reining arenas.

The stallion’s leading earners include NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Charoakter Eyes ($298,845, out of Diamond J Playgirl x Freckles Playboy) and NCHA Super Stakes Classic/Challenge Non-Pro Freckles Docs Oak ($271,969, out of Lashawns Freckles x Colonel Freckles). Both horses competed in Open and Non-Pro aged events, and then went on to lengthy weekend cutting careers. Freckles Docs Oak was one of the mounts Joey Milner rode to the NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Championship in 2001.

In the reined cow horse world, Doc’s Oak’s NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion was Docs Baroque (out of Brown Lady Bars x Sugar Bars Flit), who Lyons rode to victory in 1980.

Doc’s Oak’s daughters proved to be excellent producers in their own right, foaling the earners of more than $16.8 million. Their list of accomplishments is led by granddaughter Tap O Lena (Doc O’Lena x Tapeppyoka Peppy x Doc’s Oak), who earned $502,145 in the cutting pen and whose daughter, Tapt Twice, produced the great cutting mare Don’t Look Twice ($850,628, by High Brow Cat).

Doc’s Stylish Oak

Though Doc’s Oak sired the winners of more than $10.5 million in cutting, his major influence in that discipline right now may very well be through his son, Docs Stylish Oak.

One of the most influential of Doc’s Oak’s progeny was the stallion Docs Stylish Oak, who has so far sired the earners of more than $9 million. * Photo by Cam Essick.

A 1984 stallion out of Docs Stylish (by Doc’s Prescription), Docs Stylish Oak sired the winners of more than $9.4 million and is the father of influential broodmare Stylish Play Lena.

Herself the winner of $289,624, Stylish Play Lena is the mother of the late Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire Hottish ($301,200, by Spots Hot) and NCHA Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style ($305,284, by Smooth As A Cat). So far, the great mare has foaled the winners of more than $2 million, a list of progeny that also includes another sire, Halreycious, a son of Dual Rey who has sired the winners of more than $3.3 million. 

Doc’s Oak also sired winners in halter and in barrel racing, where his name also is found in the pedigree of one of the most successful barrel horses of recent times, Lisa Lockhart’s An Oakie With Cash, aka “Louie.”

Doc’s Oak’s lineage continues to be appreciated in the performance horse community for its’ versatility and good nature.