Barbara L was foaled in 1947, a bay daughter of a Thoroughbred stallion named Patriotic and a Quarter Horse mare named Big Bess. Her sire was a grandson of Man O’ War, while her damn was a descendant of the AQHA Hall of Fame member Peter McCue.
In 1948, Barbara L was sold to W.D. Lumpkin of San Angelo, Texas for $140, which would equal $1,300 in 2013. He changed the fillies name to Barbara L, after his daughter, who broke her to ride.
Barbara L’s first race was in 1949, and didn’t have her first win until her third start, at which time she ran the 440 yards in 23.4 seconds.
In 1951, A.B. Green bought the mare for $3,500 and continued racing her for four more years. She was retired in 1955 after a distinguished career. From 81 starts, she had 21 firsts, 23 seconds and 9 thirds which earned a AAA rating. Her lifetime winnings were $32,836.
As a broodmare at Green Pastures, the bay mare produced 14 foals from different stallions.
Miss Olene by O.Q.H.A and A.Q.H.A. Hall of Fame member Leo, Cuter Yet by O.Q.H.A. and A.Q.H.A Hall of Fame member Jet Deck, Barbara 3 by A.Q.H.A Hall of Fame member Top Deck and Mr. Walt by Vandy. Nine of the foals earned AAAT/AAA ratings; four were stakes winners and one stake placed.
Barbara L died in 1977 and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2007.