Funeral Services Set Monday for Longtime Horseman Jack McReynolds

PURCELL, OK—NOVEMBER 4, 2017—Funeral services are set Monday for longtime Oklahoma horseman Jack McReynolds, 86, who died Thursday (Nov. 2). 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Purcell. Rosary services will be conducted at 6:30 pm Sunday at the Wilson-Little Funeral Home Chapel in Purcell. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Purcell. 

Jack McReynolds was born on the Horse Camp Ranch, one of the Scharbauer Ranches near Midland, Texas. His father worked for Clarence Scharbauer, Sr for 17 years, handling both cattle and horses, so horses have an integral part of his life since birth. 

Jack married his wife Marilyn in 1952. During their early life, Jack was on the rodeo circuit as a roper for a time. He worked at La Mesa Park, at Raton, NM, on the starting gates and as a trainer from 1963 to1966. 

He was instrumental in starting the Kansas and Texas HBPA to protect the horsemen’s interest in the industry. He served on the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Board of Directors. He is a lifetime member of AQHA, and has served on many other boards of directors over the years. 

Jack and Marilyn moved to the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, TX, in 1966, where Jack ran the Quarter Horse breeding program for two years. While there, Jack worked on and improved the extender solution which preserved a stallion’s sperm for use in artificial insemination. Also, while at the 6666, Jack was one of the original “Marlboro Men” in a TV commercial that was shot on the ranch. 

He was a student of pedigrees, researching and becoming a master of genetics. In 1974, the McReynolds and a group of some of the greatest horsemen of the era built Oklahoma Stud in Purcell. That group included Dr. John Beall, World Champion Cowboy Louis Brooks, Oklahoma racing insiders Joe L. and Joe F. Gary, highly regarded race horse breeder Clarence Scharbauer, Jr from Midland, TX. 

Oklahoma Stud was the first of its kind to bring together a group of owners and breeders to stand a group of outstanding stallions in one place. They purchased almost a section of raw land in the soft, rolling hills southwest of Purcell. Managing partner McReynolds built what is still considered one of the most beautiful breeding facilities in the country. 

Oklahoma Stud looked more like a country club than a breeding farm. Most of the plans for its layout and efficiency were ideas that Jack had carefully worked out in his mind during his many years in the horse business. The farm opened in 1975 and was immediately recognized as the elite of breeding operations in the Quarter Horse industry. It was widely publicized, and race fans and industry insiders both came from all over the country to see this state-of-the-art facility. 

The stallions that stood at Oklahoma Stud were some of the most famous and important in the history of AQHA. With stud fees starting at $1,500 and ranging upward to $10,000 for the 1976 season, Oklahoma Stud broke new ground in the racing world. Over the years the roster included the likes of Victory Stride (TB), Double Bid, Tiny Charger, Alamitos Bar, Fleet Kirsch (TB), Hy Lucky Jay (TB), Bolductive (TB), Nativo (TB), Go For Two, Twin Jet, Fols Native (TB), Flaring Dancer, Gold Seeker Bars, Jet Charger, and Decka Center. 

Some horses buried at Oklahoma Stud include Alamitos Bar, Double Bid and Go Josie Go. 

AQHA presented the McReynolds’ and Oklahoma Stud a historical marker for their role in creating some of the best crosses in AQHA history. 

Jack and Marilyn sold Oklahoma Stud in 1990 and built another farm close by where he raised, trained and raced Thoroughbreds until he retired. He and Marilyn were inducted into the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2014.