HISTORY

Robert Moore

In October 2013, Bob Moore Farms was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association with a 50 year Legacy Breeder Award. Following is the section dedicated to Bob Moore Farms and Robert W. Moore during the Legacy Breeder Award banquet provided by the AQHA.

Bob Moore Farms LLC is the breeding legacy of late American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Robert W. “Bob” Moore.

Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Bob's involvement in Quarter Horses began as a racing enthusiast in the 1950s; he began his breeding program in the early 1960s. An auto dealer in Oklahoma City, Bob Moore Farms was located initially on the bluffs north of the Canadian River in Norman.

Bob's intention was to raise his own racehorses to compete at the sport's highest levels. Focusing on acquiring mares from proven families, his early purchases included multiple racing champion Vanetta Dee (out of Garrett's Miss Pawhuska) and Dyna Van (a half-sister to racing champion Dynago Miss), both by Vandy. In a breeder's long-term view, Bob's investment paid off relatively quickly with his homebred 1972 Running Quarter Horse World Champion Mr Jet Moore, by Jet Deck and out of Dyna Van, and the winner of the inaugural Champion of Champions. The stallion's career as a sire was cut short by his untimely death, but his one crop of foals earned a combined $579,406, and his daughters went on to influence Bob's broodmare band for years.

One of Bob's best-loved homebreds was Prissy Gold Digger, a 1975 daughter of Easy Jet and out of Broom Straw by Jackstraw (TB). From 1977 through 1979, running from Oklahoma to Ruidoso and Los Alamitos, “Prissy” broke three track records, finished in the money in 19 of 29 races, won five stakes, set a top speed index of 106 and earned $299,589, as well as a Superior race horse award. Prissy went on to produce 18 foals and 17 starters that earned just under $1 million. Prissy's daughters and granddaughters continue to influence the Bob Moore Farms brood are band, in addition to the bands of leading breeders across the country.

As his herd grew, Bob became one of the industry's leading market breeders, primarily selling yearlings through the Heritage Place Inc. sales in Oklahoma City, in which he was a partner. A syndicate member in several leading stallions, Bob also owned the stallions Three Chicks, Coup De Kas (TB) and Shazoom, and he raced and stood racing champion and leading sire Rare Form.

Although Bob continued to add mares from other programs to his band, his overall plan was to retain the daughters and sisters of his best broodmares.

It's no mistake that Bob's second home-bred and raced champion was produced by a tail-female great-granddaughter of Dyna Van. Dashing Perfection (First Down Dash-Perfect Arrangement by Easy Jet) was the 1997 champion 3-year-old and 3-year-old gelding - 25 years and four generations after Mr. Jet Moore's title year.

An avid polo player, when Bob relocated his farm to its current location on the southern banks of the Canadian River, he picked the spot because of its ideal conditions for polo fields. He built Broad Acres Polo Club next door to the farm. In the early '90s, Bob began a polo pony breeding program, and several horses now double-registered with AQHA and the American Polo Horse Association carry Moore-bred blood.

Once asked how he would like to be remembered, Bob replied, "As an honest horseman who enjoyed raising and racing a good horse."

His wife, Lynn, and his children, Vicky, Ted and Mark, remember his stories of watching horses run at the bush tracks of Kansas and Oklahoma, enjoying the competition and the athletes, whether they were in his barn or not. They continue his Bob Moore Farms legacy.