NFQHA — Collector's Edition Vol. 1
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Two Eyed Jack

Two Eyed Jack, shown here as a mature stallion on the Pitzer Ranch, remains one of the most-accomplished show horse sires in the history of the breed.

Two Eyed Jack, a 1961 sorrel stallion by Two D Two and out of Triangle Tookie, was bred by Herman Mass of McHenry, Illinois.

“Jack” was sold as a 2-year-old to E. C. Coppola of Norwalk, Iowa. Coppola had an older stallion named Coy’s Bonanza who he was featuring at the time. Not really needing two stallions, he re-sold the younger horse to Joe Lindholm of Audubon, Iowa.

Lindholm began showing Jack at halter and by the end of 1964, the 3-year-old stallion had earned an AQHA Championship and a Superior Halter award.

In 1965, Howard Pitzer of Ericson, Nebraska, purchased a onehalf interest in Two Eyed Jack. A year later he traded for the remaining half and, from this point on, the name of the man and horse became as one. Pitzer continued showing Jack and, by the time the stallion’s show career was over, he had amassed 70 grand championships, 217 halter points and 65.5 performance points in western pleasure, hunter under saddle, reining, working cow horse and western riding.

Even prior to his retirement from the show ring, Jack’s performing get were beginning to upstage him. From his first foal crop, which hit the ground in 1964, came Miss Sunbonnet – earner of179 halter points; and Katie Two Eye – AQHA Champion. From his second crop came Two Eyed Scoot and Two Jack, both of whom were AQHA Champions and Superior Halter Horses.

To list just the AQHA World Champions, high-point Horses and AQHA Champions sired by Two Eyed Jack would require the better part of a small book. Fourteen of his get became World Champions, while seven more were AJQHA World Champions.

Twenty-five Two Eyed Jack get were High-Point horses, and 55 were Reserve High-Point. Jack sired Vickie Lee Pine, the first AQHA Superhorse; and nearly 100 of his get placed at the AQHA World Championship Show.

The stallion’s record as an AQHAChampion sire staggers the imagination. All-told, 119 of his sons and daughters were Open AQHA Champions and another 30 qualified as Youth AQHA Champions. By comparison, Poco Pine – the Number 2 All-Time Leading Sire of AQHA Champions – has 37 to his credit.

Numbers alone could never even begin to tell the whole story of Two Eyed Jack and the Quarter Horse dynasty he began. Coming into existence as he did near the end of the true all-around Quarter show horse, his is one of the last great families of horses that could and did excel as halter and performance horses in multiple events.

Although Two Eyed Jack passed away in 1991, and Howard Pitzer died in 1998, the Pitzer Ranch has continued on with the program – utilizing such noted “generation next” stallions as Watch Joe Jack, Two ID Bartender, Mr Baron Red, Mr Joes Song, Joe Jack Honey Bar and Two Eyed Red Buck.

Two Eyed Patti, a 1971 sorrel mare by Two Eyed Jack and out of Patty’s Queen, was the 1976 AQHA World Champion Sr. Heading Horse and High-Point Steer Roping Horse. An AQHA Champion and Superior Steer Roping Horse, she was also the dam of Mr Baron Red.

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