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Baby Doll Combs

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Rodeo</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Honors</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame</td></tr><tr style="font-size:80%; font-weight:lighter; text-align:center; color:#555;"><td colspan="2">Horse infobox last updated on: January 10, 2008.</td></tr>
Baby Doll Combs

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Oklahoma Star Jr

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Oklahoma Star P-6</td></tr>

Dam: Miss Boctick

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Bert</td></tr>

Gender: Mare
Foaled: 1947
Country: United States
Color: Brown
Owner: Willard Combs
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Baby Doll Combs was a registered Quarter horse mare and a prominent rodeo horse.[1] She was owned by Willard Combs, a steer wrestler or bulldoger who competed in the rodeo circuit in the 1950's. 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.[2] Between 1953 and her death in 1960 she earned over $400,000 ($ 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."[3]

She was bay mare who weighed about 1030 pounds and stood about 14.1 hands high. She had a blaze and a left hind sock as the only white on her.[3] A short horse is an advantage to a steer wrestler, as it's closer to the steer.[4]

Baby Doll died of a ruptured intestine in 1960.[1][2] 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.[5]

She was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association's (or AQHA) AQHA Hall of Fame in 2004.[6] The PRCA honored her in 1979 by inducting her into their Hall of Fame in the first group of inductees.[2]


Lobos (TB)
Dennis Reed (TB)
Bess Chitman (TB)
Oklahoma Star P-6
Belle K
Oklahoma Star Jr
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
Bosticks Ribbon


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Close Legends p. 116
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Staff "Hall of Fame" Quarter Horse Journal p. 50
  3. 3.0 3.1 Groves "Baby Doll" Quarter Horse Journal p. 18
  4. Lindeman "Quarter Horse in Rodeo" The Quarter Horse Breeder p. 86
  5. Wohlfarth "Last Rites" Quarter Horse Journal p. 14
  6. American Quarter Horse Association "AQHA Hall of Fame"


  • Close, Pat; Simmons, Diane (editors) (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. Wichita Falls, TX: Quarter Horse Breeders Publishing Co.. pp. 85–86. OCLC 1222832. 
  • 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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