Without a shadow of a doubt, Three Bars has had the greatest impact on the Quarter Horse breed of any horse in history. Some might dispute this statement, but not very many. Just take a look at Three Bars' record as a sire. Whereas most great stallions dominate just one phase of the industry, Three Bars forever left his mark in racing, halter, cutting, and other arena performance events.
Just a very few of his superstar offspring include: Goldseeker Bars, Mr. Bar None, Rocket Bar, Three Chicks, The Ole Man, Pokey Bar, Josie's Bar, Mr. Bruce, Sugar Bars, Kid Meyers, St. Bar, Lightning Bar, Barred, Bob's Folly, Galobar, Breeze Bar, and Little Lena's Bar.
Will there ever be another sire to equal the record of Impressive? Imressive was by Lucky Bar (TB) by Three Bars. Impressive was out of a Three Bars granddaughter. Before Impressive came along, there was Steel Bars, who sired many fine halter horses, including Aledo Bar, the 1959 AQHA High-Point Halter Stallion.
Doc Bar revolutionized the industry. Doc Bar was a grandson of Three Bars and his record as a sire of cutters may also never be equaled.
IN REINING, ROPING AND OTHER ARENA EVENTS
A host of Three Bars get and grandget excelled as sires and producers. Sugar Bars, for example, sired 30 AQHA Champions! Another son, Parr Three, earnred a Superior at halter and then sired the great Zan Parr Bar.
THREE BARS HIMSELF
Foaled in 1940, Three Bars was by Percentage, a stakes winner. Percentage's dam, Gossip Avenue, produced 8 foals and 7 of them were winners on the track, 2 stakes winners.
The Dam of Three Bars, Myrtle Dee, was a speedburner who once set a record for 5 1/2 furlongs. She came by her speed honestly as her sire, Luke McLuke, won the Belmont Stakes in 1914, and her dam, Civil Maid, was a granddaughter of Ben Brush, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1896.
When Myrtle Dee was 16 and in foal to Percentage, she was purchased at a sale by three men: Jack Goode, Ned Brent, an Bill Talbot. She foaled Three Bars on Ned Brent's farm in Kentucky.
HOW HE GOT HIS NAME
Because the chestnut colt was such a good-looking fellow, and was bred to run, the owners thought they had hit the jackpot, thus the name THREE BARS, after the three bars in slot machines!
THREE BARS MISFORTUNE
When Three Bars was 2, he could break from the gate and cover 440 yards like a speeding bullet. In the spring of his 2 year old year, he was coming off the track one morning when his hind leg turned ice cold, just like you had suddenly turned off the blood. He never got over it. Until that happened, he was the fastest thing I had put a bridle on. He was too rapid. You had to ease him off slow or he'd get out of hand and you couldn't handle him well.
WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF THREE BARS?
Ten Percent of Three Bars in performance prospects is necessary for these individuals to possess above average performance characteristics.
However, the percentage of blood needed to give an individual a major significant advantage over it's competition would be 20% Three Bars.