Horse Breeding

Zan Parr Bar

December 10, 2010

This performance sire was a three-time world champion halter horse.

Legendary Zan Parr Bar as depicted in Orren Mixer's painting.

From America’s Horse

Because Zan Parr Bar’s descendants shine so brightly as performance horses, many people don’t remember him as the first three-time world champion halter stallion.

Zan Parr Bar was foaled in California on April 30, 1974. Bill Gibford, a professor at California Polytechnic State University, bought him from breeder Bobby Silva when the colt was 4 months old.

A literary relic pulled from the Zan Parr Bar archives says that Bill selected the name because he was partial to the Zantanon line of horses.

However, the story notes: “The ironic thing is that Zan Parr Bar is by Par Three who traces to Three Bars (TB) on top and Annie Echols on bottom. He is out of the mare Terry’s Pal, who goes back three generations to Poco Jim, Music Mount, Star Duster and Chief. There is no Zantanon in his pedigree.”

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Continued proof that you can’t believe everything you read.

Zan Parr Bar’s paternal granddam, Annie Echols, was by Zantanon’s second-most famous son, Ed Echols. On his dam’s side, he traces to Poco Bueno, by Zantanon’s most famous son, King P-234.

His sire, Par Three, didn’t just trace to Three Bars, he was his son.

A lot of compelling love affairs have started at horse shows. Such was the case on September 4, 1976, when Texas trainer Carol Rose saw Zan Parr Bar for the first time.

“I had gone to California … to look at some mares. I was definitely not in the market for a stallion,” says Carol, who has a place near Gainesville, Texas. “I went to a show in Norco, California, and saw this stallion there. He was the prettiest horse I’d ever seen. He was gorgeous. He intrigued me. He looked like a cowboy’s horse. After that, I didn’t want to go home without him.”

Bill refused to even price him right away. He did, however, offer Carol the first right of refusal when he established his asking price.

“A month later, he called me at midnight,” Carol says. “Something told me that if I didn’t hurry, the horse wouldn’t be there long. I flew to California the next day and owned him as soon as I got to that man’s place.”

In 1977, Zan Parr Bar won 85 of 89 shows and 190 points, snagging the title of AQHA high-point halter stallion. He stood grand at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and was world champion 3-year-old at the AQHA World Championship Show. Between those two shows, he earned his first 19 points in western pleasure.

He continued to rack up performance points from 1978-80, ridden by Billy Allen of Scott City, Kansas, and placed well at the World Show in heading and heeling. Flexing muscles fine-tuned under a saddle, he earned his first AQHA Champion title in 1978, and the title of world champion aged stallion in 1979 and 1980. His career point total was: halter, 245; heeling, 168; heading, 118; western pleasure, 38; tie-down roping, 20; and reining, 13.

When it comes to foaling, it pays to be prepared. Know what to look for and what to do to help bring a healthy foal into the world with AQHA’s Guide to Foaling.

Of the 653 foals Zan Parr Bar sired, 62 earned AQHA Superior performance awards, 68 won all-around titles and 21 became AQHA Champions. Zan Parr Bar sired 23 world champions that won a total of 31 titles. Among the best known of his progeny are 1984 AQHA Superhorse Reprise Bar, Zan Parr Express, Zan Parr Jack, Sparkles Rosezana and Sparkles Suzana.

Zan Parr Bar died of colitis X on November 27, 1987. At that time, he was AQHA’s leading sire of performance horses.