Two Eyed Jack and Howard Pitzer are so closely connected in Quarter Horse fame that you can not really talk about one without mentioning the other.
Two Eyed Jack was Quarter Horse stock from his cannons to his crest, and every inch of muscle in between. He was foaled in 1961 and was by Two D Two out of Triangle Tookie by Grey Badger III.
As a yearling, Two Eyed Jack was undefeated at halter throughout the Midwest, winning all 13 of his classes and taking seven grand champion titles. He won seven more grands as a 2-year-old, taking 16 of the 17 halter classes in which he was entered. On top of that, he earned four western pleasure points. In 1964, Two Eyed Jack wrapped up an AQHA Champion title and Superior honors in halter, in addition to earning points in western pleasure.
Eventually, Two Eyed Jack earned 217 halter points and 70 grand champions. He also earned performance points in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, reining, working cow horse and western riding.
Jack was in and out of the show ring until 1979. By then, his career as a halter and performance horse – impressive as it was – was already being upstaged by the achievements of his get.
Two Eyed Jack sired 1,416 horses, which accounted for 17,029 points in AQHA showing. Of them, 14 became AQHA World Champions, while seven became AJQHA World Champions. He sired the very first AQHA Superhorse, Vickie Lee Pine, and nearly 100 of his foals placed at the AQHA World Championship Show. Twenty-five became open high-point winners, while 55 were reserve high-point horses; eight were youth high-point winners and 29 finished reserve in those ranks. They account for 242 open Registers of Merit, 66 youth ROMs and six amateur ROMs. Sixty-nine became Superior performance horses. But perhaps the most staggering number is 119 – the number of open AQHA Champions sired by Two Eyed Jack.
On May 2, 1991, Two Eyed Jack was put down due to old age. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1996.
Biography updated as of March 1996.