The chestnut stallion was foaled in 1956 on Tom Finley’s Arizona ranch. Doc Bar was by Lightning Bar by Three Bars (TB) and out of Dandy Doll by Texas Dandy. The chestnut colt was bred to run, but failed miserably.
Earning a total of $95 in four outs, Doc Bar was given to Charley Araujo of California to show at halter. With Araujo at the lead, and the stallion’s unique conformation, the guidelines for halter horse champions were altered almost overnight. Out of 15 shows, Doc Bar won nine grand champion titles and one reserve champion title.
Over the following years, Doc Bar sired National Cutting Horse Association Futurity winners, world champions and top-10 horses. A few progeny include Doc O’Lena, Dry Doc, Fizzabar and Doc’s Kitty. He was the grandsire of Smart Little Lena, Tenino San, Docs Sangria and Don N Willy.
Doc Bar died in 1992 at 36. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1993. Doc Bar was the sole horse inducted into the inaugural Arizona Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2013.