Baby Doll Combs

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Baby Doll Combs
Breed American Quarter Horse
Discipline Rodeo
Sire Oklahoma Star Jr
Grandsire Oklahoma Star P-6
Dam Miss Boctick
Maternal grandsire Bert
Sex Mare
Foaled 1947
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder H. M. Boetick
Owner Willard Combs
Bill Odum
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
ProRodeo Hall of Fame

Baby Doll Combs (1947–1960) was a registered Quarter Horse mare and a prominent rodeo horse.[1]


Foaled in 1947, Baby Doll Combs was bred by H. M. Boetick of Bloomfield, Iowa and registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), as registration number 81,497. At the time of registration, she was owned by Willard Combs,[2] a steer wrestler or bulldoger who competed in the rodeo circuit in the 1950s.[1] Combs had purchased her from Bill Oduum of Pryor, Oklahoma in 1955, paying $3200 for her.[3] Combs not only rode Baby Doll himself, but also allowed other wrestlers to ride her in return for a cut of the prize money.[1] Combs won the Rodeo Cowboy's Association – a precursor organization to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (or PRCA) – World Champion Steer Wrestler title in 1957 with Baby Doll.[1] Her one and only foal was Checotah Star, a result of an accidental breeding in 1957.[4] Between 1953 and her death in 1960 she earned over $400,000 ($3,238,245 in current dollars) in prize money, and in 1957 when she won the title for Combs, she also carried the riders who finished second, third, fourth and fifth in the standings. Bill Linderman, a famous rodeo cowboy, once said that "Baby Doll knew bulldogging better than some of the guys who rode her."[5]

When mature, Baby Doll Combs was bay mare who weighed about 1030 pounds and stood about 14.1 hands (57 inches, 145 cm) high. She had a blaze and a left hind sock as her only white markings.[5] A short horse is an advantage to a steer wrestler, as it's closer to the steer.[6]

Baby Doll Combs died of a ruptured intestine in 1960.[1][4] She died at a Kansas rodeo, but her owner had her returned to Checotah, Oklahoma where he lived so that she could be buried on his ranch. Many of the cowboys who had earned money off her were present at the ceremony, and a photograph of them at the graveside appeared in Life Magazine.[7]

She was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame[8] in 2004.[3] The PRCA honored her in 1979 by inducting her into their ProRodeo Hall of Fame in the first group of inductees.[9]


Lobos (TB)
Dennis Reed (TB)
Bess Chitman (TB)
Oklahoma Star P-6
Belle K
Oklahoma Star Jr[10]
Little Earl
Little Earl Jr
Link Wiley mare
Babe Dawson
Little Earl
Texas quarter mare
Baby Doll Combs
Sam Watkins
Tommy Clegg
Beetch's Yellow Jacket
Lady Coolidge
Miss Boctick[11]
Bosticks Ribbon


  1. ^ a b c d e Close Legends p. 116
  2. ^ American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Volume 12 entry #81,497
  3. ^ a b American Quarter Horse Foundation "Baby Doll Combs Archived November 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine." Hall of Fame Biographies
  4. ^ a b Staff "Hall of Fame" Quarter Horse Journal p. 50
  5. ^ a b Groves "Baby Doll" Quarter Horse Journal p. 18
  6. ^ Lindeman "Quarter Horse in Rodeo" The Quarter Horse Breeder p. 86
  7. ^ Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal p. 14
  8. ^ American Quarter Horse Foundation "Hall of Fame Inductees" American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
  9. ^ "Baby Doll - Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame". Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  10. ^ Mattson Real American Quarter Horse p. 99
  11. ^ American Quarter Horse Association Pedigree of Baby Doll Combs


  • American Quarter Horse Association (1958). Official Stud Book and Registry. 12. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association. OCLC 1480636. 
  • American Quarter Horse Association, Pedigree of Baby Doll Combs. American Quarter Horse Association Records Department. November 12, 2010.
  • American Quarter Horse Foundation. "Hall of Fame Inductees". American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. American Quarter Horse Association. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  • American Quarter Horse Foundation. "Baby Doll Combs" (pdf). Hall of Fame Biographies. American Quarter Horse Foundation. Archived from the original on 14 November 2010. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  • Close, Pat; Simmons, Diane, eds. (1993). Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-26-0. 
  • Groves, Lesli Krause (February 1994). "Baby Doll". Quarter Horse Journal: 18. 
  • Lindeman, M. H. (1959). Lindeman, M. H., ed. The Quarter Horse at Rodeo. The Quarter Horse Breeder: Basic Text and References on the American Quarter Horse. Wichita Falls, TX: Quarter Horse Breeders Publishing Co. pp. 85–86. OCLC 1222832. 
  • Mattson, Paul (1991). The Real American Quarter Horse: Versatile Athletes who proved Supreme. Wamego, KS: Premier Publishing. ISBN 1-879984-77-6. 
  • Staff (March 2004). "Hall of Fame". Quarter Horse Journal: 42–53. 
  • Wohlfarth, Jenny (July 1996). "Last Rites". Quarter Horse Journal: 14. 

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