Baby Doll Combs facts for kids
|Breed||American Quarter Horse|
|Sire||Oklahoma Star Jr|
|Grandsire||Oklahoma Star P-6|
|Breeder||H. M. Boetick|
|American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
ProRodeo Hall of Fame
Foaled in 1947, Baby Doll Combs, also known as just Baby Doll, was bred by H. M. Boetick of Bloomfield, Iowa, and registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), as registration number 81,497. At the time of registration, Willard Combs owned her, a steer wrestler or bulldogger who competed in the rodeo circuit in the 1950s. Combs purchased her from Bill Oduum of Pryor, Oklahoma, in 1955, paying $3,200 for her. Combs not only rode Baby Doll himself, but also allowed other wrestlers to ride her in return for a cut of the prize money.
Baby Doll competed in the Rodeo Cowboys Association (RCA) which was renamed the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 1975. In 1955, Combs younger brother, Benny, won the World Steer Wrestling Championship with Baby Doll. Then, in 1957, Combs himself won the World Steer Wrestling Championship with her. Her one and only foal was Checotah Star, a result of an accidental breeding in 1957. Between 1953 and her death in 1960 she earned over $400,000 ($2,878,016 in current dollars) in prize money, and in 1957 when she won the title for Combs, she also carried the riders who finished second, third, fourth and fifth in the standings. Bill Linderman, a hall of fame and famous rodeo cowboy, once said that "Baby Doll knew bulldogging better than some of the guys who rode her."
When mature, Baby Doll Combs was a bay mare who weighed about 1,030 pounds and stood about 14.1 hands (57 inches, 145 cm) high. She had a blaze and a left hind sock as her only white markings. A short horse is an advantage to a steer wrestler, as it's closer to the steer.
Death and honors
Baby Doll Combs died of a ruptured intestine in 1960. She died at a Kansas rodeo, but her owner had her returned to Checotah, Oklahoma, where he lived so that she could be buried on his ranch. Many of the cowboys who had earned money off her were present at the ceremony, and a photograph of them at the graveside appeared in Life Magazine.
|Dennis Reed (TB)|
|Bess Chitman (TB)|
|Oklahoma Star P-6|
|Oklahoma Star Jr|
|Little Earl Jr|
|Link Wiley mare|
|Texas quarter mare|
|Baby Doll Combs|
|Beetch's Yellow Jacket|
- American Quarter Horse Association, Pedigree of Baby Doll Combs. American Quarter Horse Association Records Department. November 12, 2010.
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