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Joe Reed (horse)

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Racing</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Honors</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">AQHA 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 12, 2008.</td></tr>
Joe Reed P-3

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Joe Blair (TB)

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Bonnie Joe (TB)</td></tr>

Dam: Della Moore

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Old DJ</td></tr>

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1921
Country: United States
Color: Chestnut
Breeder: Henry Lindsey
Owner: John Wesley House, Joe Slankard
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Joe Reed P-3 was a Quarter Horse racehorse from the early days of the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA) that became an influential sire with the breed.



Joe Reed P-3 was registered with number 3 in the American Quarter Horse Association. He was foaled in 1921, the offspring of two famous short track racehorses.[1] He was a chestnut stallion, bred by Henry Lindsey of Granger, Texas. When he was registered with the AQHA he was owned by J. J. Slankard, of Elk City, Oklahoma.[2] He died on May 19, 1947.[1] His sire was a Thoroughbred that mainly raced on the short tracks who once famously lost to Pan Zareta.[3] Joe Reed's dam was a Louisiana bred quarter mare whose breeding has always been somewhat controversial.[4][5]

The actual decision to breed Della Moore to Joe Blair has always been attributed to the desire of the racetrack grooms to quiet the two horses during a backside craps game. According to this story, Della Moore was in heat and both she and Joe Blair were making such a racket that it was disturbing the gambling, so the horses were bred to shut them up, without any knowledge of Della Moore's owner Henry Lindsey. Several months later, it became obvious that Della Moore was pregnant and Lindsey tracked down what exactly had happened. Joe Reed later turned into a decent match racer himself, although all of his racing took place before the organization of the AQHA.[6]

He was the sire of several outstanding horses, including Joe Reed II, Red Joe of Arizona, Joe Sunday, Joe's Last, and Catechu. He was the double grandsire of Leo.[7] Joe Reed P-3 sired six horses that earned a Race Register of Merit. Many of his daughters became the dams of Race Register of Merit earners. His son Joe Reed II was the Champion Quarter Running Stallion for 1942-1943.[8] His grandson Jose Uno was inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association (or NCHA) Hall of Fame.[9] More distant descendants include Zippo Pat Bars, Colonel Freckles, Goetta, Peppy San, Rugged Lark, Sonny Dee Bar, The Invester, and Zippo Pine Bar – all members of the AQHA Hall of Fame.[10]

He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame.[10]


Enquirer (TB)
Faustus (TB)
Lizzie G (TB)
Bonnie Joe (TB)
*Bonnie Scotland (TB)
Bonnie Rose (TB)
Melrose (TB)
Joe Blair (TB)
*King Galop (TB)
Bowling Green (TB)
*Playing Fields (TB)
Miss Blair (TB)
*Pursebearer (TB)
Com-I-Cut (TB)
Isbell (TB)
Joe Reed P-3
*Queue (TB)
Crazy Cue
Old DJ
Della Moore
Blakemore (TB)
Dewey (TB)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Short The First Twenty Quarter Horses:Their Lives and Legacies p. 34
  2. AQHA Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 1-5 p. 79
  3. Denhardt "Foundation Sire Joe Reed P-3" Quarter Horse Journal July 1963 p. 18-20, 110
  4. LeBlanc Cajun-Bred Running Horses p. 32-34
  5. Joe Reed P-3 Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on July 4, 2007
  6. Beckman "Joe Reed" Quarter Horse Journal April 1992 p. 36, 308
  7. Simmons, Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares p. 148
  8. Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 556
  9. NCHA Hall of Fame retrieved on July 4, 2007
  10. 10.0 10.1 AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008


  • American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Combined Books 1-2-3-4-5 Amarillo, Texas:American Quarter Horse Association 1961
  • Beckman, Bruce "Joe Reed" Quarter Horse Journal April 1992 p. 36, 308
  • LeBlanc, Francis S. Cajun-Bred Running Horses: Notes on Horse Racing in Southwest Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana: The Acadiana Press 1978
  • Short, Victoria The First Twenty Quarter Horses:Their Lives and Legacies Wamego, KS:Premier Publishing 1996
  • Simmons, Diance C. Legends: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares Colorado Springs:Western Horseman 1993

Further reading

  • Nye, Nelson C. "The Story of Joe Reed" The Quarter Horse October 1947
  • Reynolds, Franklin "The History of Joe Reed" three part series Quarter Horse Journal December 1959, January 1960, February 1960

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