Zippo Pat Bars

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Zippo Pat Bars
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Racing
Sire Three Bars (TB)
Grandsire Percentage (TB)
Dam Leo Pat
Maternal grandsire Leo
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1964
Country United States
Color Sorrel
Breeder Paul Curtner
18 starts: 5-4-0
AAA speed rating
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Zippo Pat Bars (1964–1988) was a Quarter horse racehorse and showhorse who became an influential sire in the breed.


Zippo Pat Bars was a son of the Thoroughbred stallion Three Bars out of a daughter of Leo named Leo Pat.[1] He was a 1964 sorrel stallion[2] bred by Paul Curtner. As a weanling, Curtner was offered $20,000.00 for the colt, which he turned down.[3]

Zippo Pat Bars raced for two years, starting eighteen times. He won five races and placed second four times. He earned a Race Register of Merit with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) in 1966 with an AAA speed rating. He earned $1855.00 on the racetrack.[2] He injured himself as a two-year-old, fracturing two vertebrae in a stall accident. The injury kept the horse out of the 1966 All American Futurity.[4]

After the end of Zippo Pat Bars's racing career, he retired to the breeding shed. He sired, among others, Zippo Pine Bar, Scarborough Fair, The Invester, and Mr Pondie Zip.[5][6] His sons Zippo Pine Bar and The Invester were inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame as well as the National Snaffle Bit Association (or NSBA) Hall of Fame.[7][8] Zippo Pat Bars sired nine AQHA Champions, as well as sixteen Superior Western Pleasure Horses and four Superior Halter Horses.[5] In 1996, Zippo Pat Bars was inducted into the NSBA Hall of Fame.[8]

Zippo Pat Bars died May 1, 1988 due to heart problems.[4] He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame[7] in 2002.[9]


Ballot (TB)
Midway (TB)
Thirty-third (TB)
Percentage (TB)
Bulse (TB)
Gossip Avenue (TB)
Rosewood (TB)
Three Bars (TB)
Ultimus (TB)
Luke McLuke (TB)
Midge (TB)
Myrtle Dee (TB)
Patriot (TB)
Civil Maid (TB)
Civil Rule (TB)
Zippo Pat Bars
Joe Reed P-3
Joe Reed II
Joe Reed P-3
Little Fanny
Fanny Ashwell
Leo Pat
Golden Chief
Little Chuck
Dunny Girl
Thoroughbred mare


  1. ^ Zippo Pat Bars Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree
  2. ^ a b Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 1345
  3. ^ Groves "Where'd We Get That Zip?" Quarter Horse Journal p. 18
  4. ^ a b Beckman "Zippo Pat Bars" Quarter Horse Journal pp. 82–85
  5. ^ a b Pitzer Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 159–160
  6. ^ Thornton "Working Lines: Zippo Pat Bars" Southern Horseman pp. 28–40
  7. ^ a b AQHA Hall of Fame
  8. ^ a b NSBA Hall of Fame
  9. ^ American Quarter Horse Foundation – Zippo Pat Bars


  • All Breed Pedigree Database Pedigree of Zippo Pat Bars accessed on June 27, 2007
  • American Quarter Horse Foundation – Zippo Pat Bars accessed on November 11, 2010
  • AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on November 11, 2010
  • Beckman, Bruce (December 1988). "Zippo Pat Bars: Close to Ideal?". Quarter Horse Journal: 82–85. 
  • Groves, Lesli Krause (March 1996). "Where'd We Get That Zip?". Quarter Horse Journal: 18. 
  • NSBA Hall of Fame accessed on July 5, 2007
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Thornton, Larry (November 1993). "The Working Lines: Zippo Pat Bars". Southern Horseman: 28–40. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1976). Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 

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