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February 12, 2009

Not an ordinary horse trader

McNair inducted to Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

A friend to Orren Mixer, Jim Thorpe and D. Wayne Lukas, Nick McNair has owned horses that changed the face of the Quarter Horse world.

Born in Mayes County near Strang, McNair was always around horses. His father was a horse breeder.

“We always had the best looking horses around,” brother Jake McNair said.

On Saturday, McNair will be inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of fame at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. Nominees for induction are chosen by their peers. The rules for nomination state the person “must be or have been, over a period of years, significant in the growth of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse industry, or have been outstanding in his/her area of activity involving the American Quarter Horse in Oklahoma.”

McNair doesn’t see himself fitting that criteria. “I’m just a horse trader, and I’ve been lucky enough to come up with some good ones,” he said. “I wish I knew who put me in for this.”

Unassuming as he is, horses McNair has owned made a lasting mark in the American Quarter Horse Association. Probably first on that list is Impressive. Impressive is one of the most recognizable halter horses in the world, second as a sire of point-earning halter horses only to Two Eyed Jack.

“I always tell people Perry Cotton was the breeder of that horse,” McNair said. Cotton was a California horseman living in Missouri when McNair bought Glamour Bars, Impressive’s mother, in foal. The foal was bred to run all the way. Glamour Bars was a daughter of Lightning Bar by Three Bars out of a Sugar Bars mare. Impressive’s sire was Lucky Bar by Three Bars.

When the colt was born, “I knew he was the best sucker I’d ever seen,” McNair said.

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