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Genuine Doc Dies

Noted performance sire euthanized at age 34.

The American Quarter Horse Journal
November 14, 2011

Genuine Doc in 2009

Genuine Doc is euthanized at age 34. (Photo by Cam Essick courtesy of Carol Rose Quarter Horses)

Genuine Doc was euthanized November 14, 2011.

Sired by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Doc Bar and out of Gay Bar’s Gen by Gay Bar King, the little sorrel foaled in March 1977 would go on to greatness of his own.

For owner and breeder Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas, he was the start of a legacy as a sire, a sire of sires and a maternal grandsire. His daughters have produced the earners of more than $3.1 million.

“He had a really good life – a great life,” Carol told the Journal. “He was a great sire. I just wasn’t ready.”

Genuine Doc’s performance career was in cutting, where he was third in the National Cutting Horse Association’s non-pro division at the 1981 Super Stakes. He went on to become AQHA reserve world champion in senior cutting in 1985. He earned $23,922.38 in NCHA competition before moving to the breeding shed.

In retirement, Genuine Doc had still been feisty and felt good, Carol says, but in the last month, he had gotten progressively thinner and the decision was made to euthanize him before winter could claim him.

“He didn’t suffer,” she says. “He wasn’t sick. He was as happy as he could be. Every morning, he’d go out and roll and eat grass. When he was ready to come in, he’d lie down on the grass by the water trough. We could never catch him without opening a gate and putting him in a pen.”

Carol was watching the junior working cow horse competition at the AQHA World Championship Show, watching a grandson of Genuine Doc, A Shiner Named Sioux, tie for the second highest score in the preliminaries. She says she felt emotional watching one of Genuine Doc’s offspring do so well on the old stallion’s last day.

Genuine Doc’s offspring have earned 14,315 points in all divisions in AQHA competition and have been money-earners across the board in performance competition.

In the NCHA, his offspring earned $1.24 million; in National Reining Horse Association competition, his foals earned $98,225; in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition, they earned $13,955.

At the AQHA World Championship Show, Genuine Doc foals have earned $106,294, and in Ranch Horse Association of America competition, they’ve earned $63,390. In all, his foals have earned more than $2.2 million.

Perhaps his most famous son is the 1989 palomino stallion Shining Spark, a son of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame mare Diamonds Sparkle. Shining Spark is sire of A Shiner Named Sioux, the 2010 AQHA world champion in junior reining, and Genuine Masterpiece, the 2010 world champion in junior working cow horse.

Genuine Doc will be buried on a riverbank, Carol says.

“He’ll rest in peace.”