2014 APHF Hall of Fame Inductees
1966 sorrel overo stallion | Painted Breeze Bar x Yellow Flame | Bred by Joe Coy, Torrington, Wyoming | Owned by Earl Jones, Ogden, Utah
When Earl Jones decided he needed a Paint stallion at the helm of his fledgling Utah breeding program, he relied on pillars of proven quality. It was in A.J. “Jack” Campbell’s pasture that he found exactly what he needed: a well-built coming 3-year-old named Cupid Bar with an impressive pedigree.
Sired by halter winner and future Hall of Famer Painted Breeze Bar, Cupid Bar was more of a performer than a pretty face. Raced lightly on the flat track, Cupid Bar became one of the first Paints to excel in the West’s chariot racing scene.
As a sire, Cupid Bar proved his prowess. Sixty of his 182 registered foals hit the show pen, earning more than 10,000 points, 34 APHA Champion titles and 10 national and reserve national titles. His get includes Cupid’s Cody Bar, a 1975 national champion at halter and Supreme Champion No. 36. Cupid Bar still leads APHA’s Lifetime Leading Sires category for Superior All-Around earners with seven; he is also ranked eighth on the Lifetime Leading Sires of APHA Champion Earners list. Cupid Bar was euthanized in fall 1990 at age 24.
It was quality horses and friendly people at the 1967 National Show that cemented Colin Beals’ involvement with Paints and, in turn, gave the industry one of its greatest promoters in the Southwest. A Paint owner and breeder since the early 1950s, Colin formally registered his first horses with the association soon after attending the show: Beal’s Jody, the family’s 1953 sorrel tobiano broodmare, and her 1962 filly Poco Jody.
Soon after moving to the Phoenix, Arizona, suburb of Laveen, Colin put his L-7 Ranch on the map with the purchase of My Painted Robin, a young Paint stallion who would leave his own legendary mark on the industry. Colin’s listed as the breeder of nearly 275 Paints, including a number of national champions.
An APHA director since 1968, Colin served as APHA president in 1973 and 1974, during which time he promoted family togetherness, accessibility and the development of multiple-judge shows. He’s served on multiple APHA committees, including several terms as vice chairman, and also helped found the Arizona Paint Horse Club, serving as its first president. Colin and his wife, Jean, reside in Laveen, where they still own a handful of Paints.
Leo San Man
1963 dun tobiano stallion | Leo San Siemon (QH) x Lady King Bailey | Bred by Dick Barrett, Ryan, Oklahoma | Owned by Double B Ranch, Berrien Springs, Michigan
While some horses gain notoriety for their own escapades in the show ring, the infamy of others comes through their get—the latter of which was the case for Leo San Man.
Shown lightly and standing grand champion at halter a handful of times, the competitive arena’s not where the dun tobiano left his impact on the Paint Horse breed. Rather, his legacy was built in the breeding barn, a foundation started by former owner Dale Lukens and finished by the Bilton family. The sire of 138, Leo San Man’s foals included 48 performers, the earners of more than 6,700 APHA points, 21 APHA Champion titles, eight national championships and 16 reserve national championship titles.
Worth mentioning is the dominant cross of the time: nine foals sired by Leo San Man and out of reserve national champion halter mare Poco Snowflake. Eight performers racked up in excess of 4,300 points and 15 national and reserve national championships, along with three reserve national champion Get of Sire titles for Leo San Man himself. Founding a legacy of performers, especially in the Youth and Amateur ranks, Leo San Man was a staple on the leading sires lists of the day. He died in 1976 at age 14.
William Quention Foster
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
When a stock contractor hauled a flashy tobiano filly past a humble Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, grocery store in 1954, the filly did more than just catch William Quention Foster’s eye—she launched the casual horseman into position as a serious player in the budding Paint Horse industry. A short pursuit and $200 later, the 4-year-old greenbroke filly—later registered as Q-Ton Dixie Alpha—was his.
Quention soon found his true calling as a Paint Horse breeder. Bred to a variety of Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred stallions, “Dixie” produced 12 foals, including the legendary Q Ton Eagle, who would launch Quention into Paint Horse notoriety. Shown by the Foster family with much success, Q Ton Eagle was sold as a 4-year-old to J.D. Hooter, who campaigned the stallion to multiple national championship titles and his position as a top sire.
Quention is listed as the breeder of more than 20 Paints; among his credits are national champion Coppertone and reserve national champion Q-Ton San Catt. Though he scaled back his operation after selling Q Ton Eagle, the breeder’s impact is noted through the myriad of Paints carrying the “Q Ton” epithet—an abbreviation of Quention’s name. The horseman died in 1993 at his home in Broken Arrow.
My Painted Robin
1966 sorrel overo stallion | Painted Robin x Miss Revenue | Bred by A.J. “Jack” Campbell, Jay, Oklahoma | Owned by Vernon & Sharon Parker, Madrid, Nebraska
From snow-filled pastures of the Midwest to sunny Arizona and back again, My Painted Robin left an impact across the country and on the Paint Horse breed as a top performer and leading sire.
Purchased in 1971 by Colin Beals, My Painted Robin was reportedly one of the first top Paint stallions to stand in the Southwest. A son of one of the breed’s first great patriarchs—fellow Hall of Famer Painted Robin—My Painted Robin earned points in halter, roping and cutting events. The 1973 national champion in Heading, the stallion later added a trio of reserve national champion Get of Sire honors to his résumé, thanks to his offspring.
Nearly half of My Painted Robin’s 244 foals became performers themselves, capturing in excess of 5,700 points, 25 Champion titles and two Versatilities. Among his offspring was Peace Pipe, APHA Supreme Champion No. 34, and 16 get who earned a combined 24 national and reserve national championships. Purchased by the Parkers in 1982 for a reported $127,000 sum, My Painted Robin continued his influence in Nebraska. He died in March 1984 at age 18.
Harvey & Linda Jones
Married in 1973, Harvey and Linda Jones dreamed about creating a small-but-successful Paint Horse operation. With Harvey as the veteran showman and Linda preparing the horses, the duo from Turlock, California, created a rock-solid partnership that has resulted in many honors on the West Coast and throughout the Paint Horse industry.
As a showman, Harvey trained and showed the West Coast’s first Supreme Champion, Cherokee War Chief, to the premier award in 1972, along with a 1971 reserve national championship in Pole Bending. Harvey also exhibited Lady Bar Flit, J Bar’s Lady Bug and Silly Filly en route to their Supreme Champion honors.
A former APHA judge and Executive Committee member, Harvey was a national director for 26 years. The couple helped found several Paint Horse clubs, and both have served as officers at the regional and state level. Linda remains active as an officer in the San Joaquin Paint Horse Club.
With a primary interest in halter futurity horses, Harvey and Linda have bred a number of successful Paints. The couple continues to fit and show Paints at their ranch.
1964 chestnut tobiano stallion | Bang Up (TB) x Josy Bar | Bred by Paul & Carolyn Crabb, Winfield, Kansas | Owned by Mott Headley Jr., Port Gibson, Mississippi
When Joechief Bar’s breeders made the tough decision to disperse their band of top tobianos, the Headley family took the opportunity to bring a promising young stallion to the Gulf Coast.
After placing third in halter at the 1966 National Show and a couple starts on the track, Joechief Bar was put under the tutelage of Mott Headley Jr.—just a teenager at the time—who molded the stallion into one of the top show horses of the era. With points in halter, barrels, poles, reining, working cow horse and Western pleasure, “Joechief” logged his APHA Champion title in 1968 and clinched Supreme Champion No. 3 in 1971—all done with Mott in the saddle.
His get proved just as versatile, with 98 of his 272 foals earning more than 3,500 APHA points, 12 Champion titles, and five national and reserve national titles ranging from halter to calf roping to working hunter and equitation. Joechief’s most lasting influence, perhaps, was Olympia Joe, a standout stallion on the track with an equally impressive career as a stallion. Joechief died in 1989.
The appeal of Paints knows no bounds, but dedicated Paint promoters like Hardy Oelke have helped the breed gain a foothold outside North America.
Riding since 1960 and training Western horses for the public since 1975, Hardy’s love of the Western lifestyle started even earlier. An artist and author, Hardy’s work has appeared in the Paint Horse Journal and numerous other publications; he wrote the first book in German on Western riding in 1976, launched the German magazine Western Horse in 1988 and published Paint Horse: An American Treasure in 1992. Importing Clarke Kent in 1987, Hardy went on to make the stallion the first to earn APHA Champion honors in Germany. He’s owned, shown and bred a number of Paints over the years.
Instrumental in establishing the Paint Horse Club of Germany in 1983, Hardy served as its first secretary and, later, as president and vice president. The first national director from Germany, Hardy has served on several standing committees, including the International Committee. He was honored in 2011 with the APHA Distinguished Service Award.
Hardy and his wife, Rose, live in Halver, Germany. Hardy is the first international member of the APHA Hall of Fame.
Involved with APHA for little more than a decade, Jim Smoot left a big impact in a relatively short time. A banker from Gainesville, Texas, Jim had a natural eye for good horseflesh, and he recognized the growing opportunity Paints presented in the early 1960s.
With a handful of broodmares and a sensational halter horse named Nylon, Jim soon found himself in the APHA spotlight; Jim showed Nylon to a number of honors, including a 1965 Aged Mares national championship. He later purchased C-Note, whom he showed to a 1966 national championship in Yearling Stallions. In 1966, Jim formed the Robertson–Smoot Partnership with Oklahoma Paint breeder Junior Robertson. Jim is listed as the breeder of 16 Paints, along with 26 more under the partnership; among them are Supreme Champion J Bar’s Lady Bug and national champions C Note’s Memory and C-Note’s Rosalita.
A Paint promoter from the beginning, Jim was a national director from 1965 to 1974, served on a number of standing committees and was APHA president in 1967. Following his death in February 1975, APHA established the Jim Smoot Memorial Award, which was presented annually at the APHA National Show to the Yearling Geldings class winner.