2024 Breeder's Guide

Bar T Quarter Horses
Bar T Quarter Horses is an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder that relies heavily Sugar Bars and Colonel Freckles lines to breed horses capable of helping out with the ranch’s cow-calf and yearling operations and excelling in the roping arena.
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Bar T Quarter Horses
Haslet, Texas

There’s no doubt the horse industry is not for the faint of heart, but Bar T Quarter Horses’ owner Jamey Thompkins wouldn’t trade it, current Texas drought conditions notwithstanding.

“It’s a fearless, endless cycle,” he joked. “We’re having to deal with Mother Nature and what cards she deals you, but we’re not going anywhere.”

Thompkins grew up on a Hereford ranch in Texas and always had a dream of breeding quality cattle and horses. After nearly two decades on the rodeo trail as a steer wrestler, then time spent in the oil and gas industry, Thompkins dipped his toe back into horses with the intent of breeding a few mares.

Daughter Faith gets credit for bringing the idea of breeding horses back to Thompkins’ life and, armed with knowledge from working around great breeders, he started the Bar T in Haslet.

Today, the Bar T is an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, relying heavily upon the bloodlines of Sugar Bars and Colonel Freckles to create horses capable of helping out with the ranch’s cow-calf and yearling operations and excelling in the roping arena, Thompkins’ new passion.

“We use them all, every day,” Thompkins said of his Bar-T-raised horses.

The Bar T’s broodmare band began with Doc O’Lena-bred foundation mares brought back from California and today features as many daughters of CJ Sugar as Thompkins can get his hands on.

“I’ve always loved Sugar Bars; that’s why we keep them around,” he said.

With a team of trainers to help out, the Bar T offers about 10 prospects a year, from yearlings to 2- and 3-year-olds—sturdy, working horses that can perform any job offered to them.

“We are planning to branch out more to the horse sales a little more,” Thompkins noted of a shift from previous years in which they offered a production sale.

The Bar T also stands their own stallions, many Royal Crown-nominated: Double Shot of Sugar, Bar T Dry Pine, Bar T Dry Sugar and recently re-acquired T Paddys TNN—a bay son of the Paddys Irish Whiskey stallion TRR Paddys Hickory.

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