My Favorite Horse: Doc's Oak

My Favorite Horse: Doc's Oak

Legendary trainer Tom Lyons remembers Doc's Oak, the only horse to ever make the finals at both the NRCHA and NCHA futurities.

Tom Lyons riding Doc's Oak (Credit: Louise Serpa)

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AQHA Professional Horseman Al Dunning featured legendary trainer Tom Lyons in his column in the June-July issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal. Tom, who has won approximately $2.7 million in National Cutting Horse Association competition, rode a number of Doc Bar-bred horses.

“My favorite horse was and still is Doc’s Oak!” Tom says. “He was so kind and easy to train, so athletic and so natural that from the beginning, he did things that the other horses could not do. I always said, ‘Wow,’ when I finished working him because he was so athletic and kind. His heart was big, and he never gave up trying for his rider.”

At age 5, Doc’s Oak was the youngest horse to go in the NCHA Hall of Fame, the youngest horse since the great Poco Lena to win Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association horse of the year (also at age 5), the only horse to ever make the finals at both the National Reined Cow Horse Association and the NCHA futurities, the sire of NRCHA and NRHA futurity champions, and was listed among the top 50 AQHA sires as of 1992.

“My favorite moments of my career would be the NCHA and NRCHA futurity championships,” Tom says. “It does not get any better than that for me!”

AQHA pedigree for Doc's Oak

Doc's Oak: Top 10 Offspring

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  1. Charoakter Eyes (out of Diamond J Playgirl by Freckles Playboy), LTE $298,845
  2. Freckles Docs Oak (out of Lashawns Freckles by Colonel Freckles), LTE $271,967
  3. Docs Lone Oak (out of Peppys Solitar by Mr San Peppy), LTE $252,317
  4. Cassies Oak (out of Nance B Chex by Bueno Chex), LTE $217,000
  5. Rambo Oak (out of Oh San Peppy by Mr Peppy San), LTE $200,582
  6. Tapeppyoka Peppy (out of Senorita Peppy by Mr San Peppy), LTE $181,533
  7. Oak Doll (out of Bueno Dottie by Gay Bar King), LTE $166,611
  8. Mac Leoak (out of River Bars Mist by McLeo Bars), LTE $157,140
  9. Royal Reo Oak (out of Cassel Frosty by Royal Reo Bars), LTE $154,155
  10. Doc Sugar Oak Rascal (out of Bette San Bar by Sugar Bars), LTE $152,308