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Zippo Pat Bars

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Racing</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Racing record</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">18-5-4-0, AAA speed rating</td></tr><tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Race earnings</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">$1856.00</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 12, 2008.</td></tr>
Zippo Pat Bars

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Breed: Quarter Horse
Sire: Three Bars (TB)

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Percentage (TB)</td></tr>

Dam: Leo Pat

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

Gender: Stallion
Foaled: 1964
Country: United States
Color: Sorrel
Breeder: Paul Curtner
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Zippo Pat Bars was a Quarter horse racehorse and showhorse who became an influential sire in the breed.



Zippo Pat Bars was a son of Three Bars (TB) 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 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 vertabrae in a stall accident. The injury kept the horse out of the 1966 All American Futurity.[4]

After the end of his 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]

He 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 retrieved on June 27, 2007
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wagoner Quarter Racing Digest p. 1345
  3. Groves "Where'd We Get That Zip?" Quarter Horse Journal March 1996 p. 18
  4. 4.0 4.1 Beckman "Zippo Pat Bars" Quarter Horse Journal December 1988 p. 82-85
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires p. 159-160
  6. Thornton "The Working Lines: Zippo Pat Bars" Southern Horseman November 1993 p. 28-40
  7. 7.0 7.1 AQHA Hall of Fame accessed on February 3, 2008
  8. 8.0 8.1 NSBA Hall of Fame retrieved on July 5, 2007
  9. American Quarter Horse Foundation - Zippo Pat Bars accessed on February 3, 2008


  • Beckman, Bruce "Zippo Pat Bars: Close to Ideal?" Quarter Horse Journal December 1988 p. 82-85
  • Groves, Lesli Krause "Where'd We Get That Zip?" Quarter Horse Journal March 1996 p. 18
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires Tacoma, Washington: Premier Pedigrees 1987
  • Thornton, Larry "The Working Lines: Zippo Pat Bars" Southern Horseman November 1993 p. 28-40
  • Wagoner, Dan Quarter Racing Digest: 1940 to 1976 Grapevine, Texas:Equine Research 1976

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