Two Eyed Jack

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Two Eyed Jack
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Halter
Western Pleasure
Sire Two D Two
Grandsire Double Diamond
Dam Triangle Tookie
Maternal grandsire Grey Badger III
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1961
Country United States
Color Sorrel
Breeder H. H. Mass
Owner Howard Pitzer
Other awards
AQHA Performance ROM, AQHA Champion, AQHA Superior Halter Horse
Honors
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
Last updated on: January 12, 2008.

Two Eyed Jack was a Quarter Horse stallion and showhorse, and the leading all time sire of American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) Champions.

Life[edit]

Two Eyed Jack was foaled in 1961, a sorrel stallion bred by H. H. Mass. His sire was Two D Two, a descendant of Old Sorrel. Two D Two's dam was a linebred Little Joe mare, Little Joe being a son of Traveler. Triangle Tookie was a daughter of Grey Badger III, and a granddaughter of Grey Badger II. Tookie's dam traced back to Joe Hancock P-455.[1] Triangle Tookie produced five AQHA Champions in her breeding career, including Two Eyed Jack.[2]

Howard Pitzer bought Two Eyed Jack in 1964 to cross on Pitzer's Pat Star Jr mares, after the horse had already earned many of his lifetime 217 AQHA open halter points. Owned by Pitzer, he earned the rest of those halter points, as well picking up another 46.5 points in Western Pleasure, 7 points in hunt seat, 3 more points in Western Riding, 3 in working cow horse and 6 points in reining.[2] Those points earned Two Eyed Jack an AQHA Superior Halter Horse award along with his AQHA Championship and a Performance Register of Merit.[3]

Pitzer had previously looked at Two Eyed Jack twice before purchasing him, once when he was ten days old, and then again when Jack was two at the Denver Stock Show. The second time, Pitzer told his companions that Jack was a nice horse, and that he'd make an "awful nice gelding."[4]

Two Eyed Jack stood 15.2½ hands high and weighed 1350 pounds.[2] He died on March 2, 1991.[5] He's buried on Pitzer's ranch in Ericson, Nebraska where Pitzer buried all his stallions.[6]

Two Eyed Jack is the all time leading sire of AQHA Champions, having sired 119 Champions. He also sired sixteen AQHA World Show Champions, as well as 242 Performance Register of Merit earners.[7] He also sired three AQHA Supreme Champions.[5] His daughter Vickie Lee Pine was the 1978 AQHA World Show Superhorse. Among his other offspring were Two Eyed Patti, Two Eyed Donna, Watch Joe Jack, Two Eyed Del, Deacon Jack, Two ID Bartender, Jack Eyed, and Two Jack.[3]

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[8] In 2007 Western Horseman magazine chose Two Eyed Jack as number four on their list of top ten ranch horse bloodlines.[9]

Pedigree[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Old Sorrel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silver King
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clegg mare #3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Double Diamond
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bailey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scar Face S
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
mare by Midnight
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two D Two
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joe Moore
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pay Day
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paulita
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Double Life
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Little Joe
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
James Sunset
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chunk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Two Eyed Jack
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Midnight Jr
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grey Badger II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grey Annie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grey Badger III
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Greenock (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Greenock (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That's Mine (TB)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Triangle Tookie
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joe Hancock P-455
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Roan Hancock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Burnett ranch mare
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Hancock
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Redolent (Morgan)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Triangle Lady 10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
unknown mare
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree for Two Eyed Jack retrieved on July 17, 2007
  2. ^ a b c Gaines "Two Eyed Jack is #1" Horseman August 1979 p. 22-30
  3. ^ a b Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Siresp. 149-151
  4. ^ Dixon ""He Would Make An Awful Nice Gelding"" Quarter Horse Journal November 1979 p. 130-137
  5. ^ a b Swan Legends 3 p. 160-167
  6. ^ Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal July 1996 p. 14
  7. ^ Thornton "Two Eyed Jack" Southern Horseman July 1990 p. 64-78
  8. ^ AQHA Hall of Fame
  9. ^ Denison "The Top Ten Ranch Horse Bloodlines" Western Horseman October 2007 p. 34-41

References[edit]

  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree for Two Eyed Jack retrieved on June 20, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on November 11, 2010
  • Denison, Jennifer and Ross Hecox (ed.) "The Top Ten Ranch Horse Bloodlines: Western Horseman ranks the top bloodlines used in today's working ranch remudas" Western Horseman October 2007 p. 34-41
  • Dixon, Cathy ""He Would Make An Awful Nice Gelding":Howard Pitzer Talks About Two Eyed Jack" Quarter Horse Journal November 1979 p. 130-137
  • Gaines, David "Two Eyed Jack is #1" Horseman August 1979 p. 22-30
  • Swan, Kathy ed. Legends 3:Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1997 ISBN 0-911647-40-6
  • Thornton, Larry "The Working Lines: Two Eyed Jack" Southern Horseman July 1990 p. 64-72
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal July 1996 p. 14

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