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Doc O'Lena

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Cutting</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Other awards</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">1970 NCHA Futurity Champion</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>
Doc O'Lena

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Doc Bar

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Lightning Bar</td></tr>

Dam: Poco Lena

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Poco Bueno</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1967
Country: United States
Color: Bay
Breeder: Dr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Jensen
Owner: Dr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Jensen
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Doc O'Lena was a Quarter horse stallion and an outstanding cutting horse and sire of cutting horses.[1]



Doc O'Lena was foaled in 1967, the offspring of Doc Bar and Poco Lena.[2] He is one of only two horses in the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame with both parents also inductees. He was a bay foal, bred owned by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Jensen of Paicines, California at the time of registration.[3] His markings were just a small star and a small white half pastern on his left hind foot.[4]

The Jensens hoped to sell Doc O'Lena while still a yearling to Don Dodge, who had trained the colt's dam, Poco Lena, but Dodge thought the colt was too small to train as a cutting horse. So instead, the Jensens decided to keep the colt and have Shorty Freeman come look at him to see if Freeman wanted to train the colt. However Freeman did not have an auspicious beginning, as the first time Freeman tried to ride the green broke yearling, Doc O'Lena ran away. However, Freeman decided to take Doc O'Lena on, and said of the horse
I didn't train Doc O'Lena anyway, he trained himself. I knew about 30 days after I got him that he was an exceptional horse... I always had to ride him last in the training program, 'cause if I didn't, I'd be mad at all the other horses in the barn. He was just that good.[4]

Freeman talked one of his clients into going into partnership with him and buying Doc O'Lena from the Jensens in April 1970 for $15,000. That December, Doc O'Lena was National Cutting Horse Association (or NCHA) Futurity Champion, winning $17, 357 for his new owners.[4] In all, Doc O'Lena earned $21,991.93 in NCHA earnings, along with an NCHA Certificate of Ability.[5]

Among his offspring were Doc Athena, Sugar Olena, Lenas Peppy, Smart Little Lena, and Todaysmyluckyday.[6] His son Montana Doc is a member of the NCHA Hall of Fame.[7] Doc O'Lena was the first NCHA Futurity winner to sire a Futurity winner when Lenaette won the Futurity in 1975. His son Smart Little Lena was the first winner of the NCHA triple crown. And in 1978, Doc O'Lena himself was syndicated for $2.1 million, at that time a record for the cutting horse industry.[4]

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


Percentage (TB)
Three Bars (TB)
Myrtle Dee (TB)
Lightning Bar
Doc Horn (TB)
Della P
mare by Old DJ
Doc Bar
My Texas Dandy
Texas Dandy
Dandy Doll
Bartender II
Bar Maid F
Nelly Bly
Doc O'Lena
King P-234
Poco Bueno
Old Poco Bueno
Miss Taylor
mare by Hickory Bill
Poco Lena
Pretty Boy
Little Maud
mare by Blackburn
Waggoner Ranch mare


  1. Thornton, et. al Legends 4 pp. 190–205
  2. Pedigree of Doc O'Lena at All Breed Pedigree retrieved June 26, 2007
  3. American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Vol. 22 p. 341
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Groves "Doc O'Lena" Quarter Horse Journal p. 18
  5. NCHA Earnings for Doc O'Lena retrieved on July 4, 2007
  6. Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 30–33
  7. National Cutting Horse Association "Hall of Fame"
  8. American Quarter Horse Association "Hall of Fame"


  • American Quarter Horse Association (1968). Official Stud Book and Registry. Volume 22. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association. 
  • Larry Thorton; Holmes, Robert L.; Mike Boardman; Diana Ciarloni; Jim Goodhue; Gold, Alan D.; Sally Harrison; Betsy Lynch; AJ Mangum (editors) (2002). Legends 4: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-49-X. 
  • Groves, Lesli Krause (October 1994). "Doc O'Lena". Quarter Horse Journal: 18. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 

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