The Ole Man

Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2018

It’s only appropriate that The Ole Man now takes his place in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. The stallion was named for his Hall of Fame breeder, the Ole Man who founded Los Alamitos Race Course, and both his sire and his dam are Hall of Famers. 

Bred by Frank Vessels Sr., The Ole Man was by Three Bars, arguably the most all-around influential Thoroughbred sire in Quarter Horse history. The sorrel colt was foaled by the Chicaro Bill mare Chicado V in 1963, shortly after the death of Vessels. 

In September 1966, The Ole Man was purchased for $100,000 by Roy Browning, who at the time, lived in Fort Worth, Texas, and later stood the stallion on his Browning Ranch. A true all-around horse, The Ole Man sired 1,878 named foals in 28 crops, to be one of the very few sires of Superior champions in racing, performance and halter. 

The Ole Man sired 554 horses that started in official Quarter Horse races, with 250 returning as winners and 15 of those in stakes, for earnings of $1,077,061. In AQHA shows, the stallion is represented by 10 AQHA Champions; 78 horses that earned 1,335.5 points in open halter and 14 that earned 702 points in youth halter; and 106 earners of 1,439.5 points in open performance, 21 earners of 48.5 in amateur performance and 35 earners of 1,029.5 points in youth performance classes, for a total of 4,555 points.

Few horses have ever had as much influence as a sire – or for that matter, a more appropriate name. The last known surviving son of Three Bars, The Ole Man died in February 1995, after breeding 100 mares in both of the previous two years. The stallion was a major factor in owner Browning being the AQHA Champion Breeder in 1987 and 1991.

The Ole Man was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2018.