The Invester

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The Invester
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Western Pleasure
Sire Zippo Pat Bars
Grandsire Three Bars (TB)
Dam Hank's Peppy Lou
Maternal grandsire Dinky Reed
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1969
Country United States
Color Sorrel
Breeder Eldon R. England
Other awards
AQHA Performance Register of Merit
AQHA Champion
AQHA Superior Halter Horse
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame

The Invester (1969–2002) was a Quarter Horse stallion who excelled at halter and at western pleasure, as well as being a famous sire of western pleasure horses.[1]


The Invester was a 1969 sorrel son of Zippo Pat Bars and out of a linebred daughter of Dinky Reed named Hank's Peppy Lou. Hank's Peppy's Lou's dam Logan's Miss Lue, and she was out of a daughter of Dinky Reed.[2]

Jerry Wells bought The Invester as a weanling at the Oklahoma State Fair in 1969. Later, he described the horse as "He was a cherry-red sorrel with stockinged legs, a real pretty head and neck, and lots of body and muscle. He was also straight and correct and a good-minded colt."[3] Wells, however, felt that the original registered name of Hank Lou Bars wasn't a good fit for the colt, and renamed him with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) as The Invester.[4]

During his show career, The Invester earned an AQHA Superior Halter Horse award as well as an AQHA Championship and an AQHA Performance Register of Merit.[5] He earned points in Halter, Cutting, English Pleasure, Western Pleasure, and Reining. Although known for being a halter horse, in 1972 The Invester missed making the finals of the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity semi-finals by just one point.[3]

The Invester was the second Quarter horse stallion to be syndicated.[1][6] In 1994 he was inducted into the National Snaffle Bit Association (or NSBA) Hall of Fame.[4][7] He was humanely put down on February 28, 2002 due to old age.[1]

Among The Invester's offspring are The Appraiser, Double Vested, El Cicatriz, Bonafid, Investers Skip, The Stockbroker, The Big Investment, Vested Pine, Assets, and Impulsions.[1][5] His offspring The Big Investment and Impulsions were inducted into the NSBA Hall of Fame, along with his grandget January Investment.[7] In 1980, his offspring placed first through fourth in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Two-Year-Old Western Pleasure Futurity.[3]

The Invester was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[8]


Midway (TB)
Percentage (TB)
Gossip Avenue (TB)
Three Bars (TB)
Luke McLuke (TB)
Myrtle Dee (TB)
Civil Maid (TB)
Zippo Pat Bars
Joe Reed II
Little Fanny
Leo Pat
Little Chuck
Dunny Girl
Thoroughbred mare
The Invester
Joe Reed P-3
Reed McCue
Patsy Reed
Dinky Reed
Chief P-5
Dinky Rainbow
Black Dixie
Hank's Peppy Lou
Hank H
Last Hank
Preview W
Logan's Miss Lue
Dinky Reed
Logan's Betty
Logan's Ruby


  1. ^ a b c d Holmes Legends 6 pp. 170–183
  2. ^ Pedigree of The Invester at All Breed Pedigree
  3. ^ a b c Meyer "Living Legends: The Invester" Horse & Rider pp. 56–59, 96
  4. ^ a b Campbell "Chairman of the Board" Quarter Horse Journal" p. 12
  5. ^ a b PItzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 134
  6. ^ "There's Fixin to be an Invester Revival" Southern Horseman pp. 20–21
  7. ^ a b NSBA Hall of Fame
  8. ^ AQHA Hall of Fame


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree for The Invester accessed on June 26, 2007
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on October 31, 2011
  • Campbell, Jim Bret (April 2000). "Chairman of the Board". Quarter Horse Journal: 12. 
  • Holmes, Frank (editor) (2004). Legends 6: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-73-2. 
  • Meyer, Jennifer Forsberg (March 1997). "Living Legends: The Invester". Horse & Rider: 56–59, 96. 
  • NSBA Hall of Fame accessed on July 5, 2007
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Staff (February 1991). "There's Fixin to be an Invester Revival... The Invester". Southern Horseman: 20–21. 

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