Zan Parr Jack Dies

The multiple AQHA world champion and prolific sire owned by Lazy E Ranch was euthanized December 3 at age 35.

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Zan Parr Jack was a 1979 sorrel stallion by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Zan Parr Bar and out of Miss Goldie Jack by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Two Eyed Jack. (Credit: Lazy E Ranch)

With great sadness the Lazy E family announced today the passing of longtime friend and legendary performance stallion Zan Parr Jack. The 35-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion was euthanized this morning following a decline in quality of life attributed to infirmities of old age.

“Jack,” as he was affectionately called by all who knew him, had lived at the Lazy E Ranch for more than 30 years, following a stellar career in the show ring. 

By American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Zan Parr Bar and out of Miss Goldie Jack by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Two Eyed Jack, Zan Parr Jack was bred by Jerald Reimann of Dighton, Kansas and purchased as a 2-year-old by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee Carol Rose, who owned his sire.

Billy Allen, who trained and showed sire Zan Parr Bar to three AQHA halter championship titles and multiple top-10 finishes in roping, heading and heeling, also started his sorrel son.

Allen showed Zan Parr Jack to the 1983 AQHA junior working cow horse world championship, a top-10 placing in junior reining and AQHA high-point awards in roping.

Early in 1984, Ed Gaylord purchased Zan Parr Jack and brought him home to the Lazy E Ranch and to AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates for training and competition. Yates has described Jack as “phenomenally talented, gentle and athletic.”  

The duo claimed the AQHA senior heeling world championship in 1984 and repeated the feat in 1985. In 1987, owner Gaylord rode Zan Parr Jack to the AQHA amateur heeling world championship.  

In a show career that lasted through 1989 and included multiple high-point awards, AQHA World Championship Show top-10 finishes, Superior awards in both heading and heeling, and open and amateur Registers of Merit, Zan Parr Jack earned 628 AQHA performance points.

As accomplished as he was in the show pen, Zan Parr Jack excelled in the breeding shed as well, consistently siring horses known for their athletic ability, willingness and try. More than a few of them retired from their show careers and went on to produce champions themselves.

One such horse was Jack’s daughter Bar J Jackie. Foaled in 1986, the talented mare won two AQHA world championships – the 1994 senior heeling and the 1995 senior heading – and the open all-around high-point title. She went on to produce AQHA Superhorse Popular Resortfigure.

Another Zan Parr Jack daughter, Jack E Eleven, was a 1991 mare who earned four AQHA world championships in open and amateur heading and heeling, then retired to a broodmare career, producing AQHA Superhorse With All Probability.

Zan Parr Jack’s influence continues on through generations of top Quarter Horses the world over. He sired 347 foals with 115 performers that have earned 19,577.5 AQHA points in all divisions combined.

His offspring have earned 18 AQHA world championships and 18 reserve world titles; almost $200,000 at the AQHA World Show and $377,522 in AQHA Incentive Fund earnings.

When the Gaylord family sold the Lazy E Ranch, there was mutual agreement to leave their longtime resident in place for the rest of his life.

Butch Wise, the Lazy E manager, says, “Zan Parr was a wonderful stallion that excelled in the show ring and continued that excellence in the breeding shed.

“He was truly ‘one in a million,’ the likes of which rarely come along,” Wise said.

“He will be missed by everyone here. His accomplishments and Mr. Gaylord’s desire to share his genetics with others is the reason we have Lazy E Ranch today. It was because of a talented sorrel horse that could do it all.”