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Jae Bar Fletch

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United States




American Quarter Horse



The Life and Times of Jae Bar Fletch

Jae Bar Fletch is widely regarded as the greatest cutting horse of all time. Under the care of trainer Kenny Patterson and the ownership of internationally renowned attorney Ernest H. Cannon, this American Quarter Horse stallion first leaped to fame in the late 1980s with a win at the National Cutting Horse Association Open Championships in 1989. Jae Bar Fletch scored another trump by winning the same association’s Non-Pro Word Championship in 1991. The following year, Jae Bar Fletch and Ernest Cannon won the Non-Pro Reserve World Championship.


Ernest Cannon provided a home for Jae Bar Fletch at the attorney’s own ranch property. His offspring Royal Fletch went on to win the NCHA Futurity Championship in 2000. In the last year of Jae Bar Fletch’s life, however, Cannon made the decision to turn the care and handling of his first and greatest champion cutting horse to Tom and Jan Toffell of Millsap TX. The Tofells made the even harder decision to euthanize Jae Bar Fletch, who suffered from sheath cancer, in the horse’s 27th year. His ashes were scattered, not only at the J Bar F Ranch, but also on the grave of his beloved trainer Kenny Patterson.


Jae Bar Fletch’s legend continues to resonate in the minds and hearts of cutting horse enthusiasts throughout the world. Both his impact on the cutting horse world and his impact on the people around him will never be forgotten.

Notable Achievement and Awards





National Cutting Horse Association Non-Pro Reserve World Championship

National Cutting Horse Association Non-Pro World Championship

(See video here)

National Cutting Horse Association Open Championship

Remembrances of Jae Bar Fletch


Ernest H. Cannon

Texas trial lawyer and owner of Jae Bar Fletch

“The thing that always impressed me the most about the horse was his ability to stop and turn around and you were not quite sure that you saw it happen. It was all one fluid motion. It was like he just changed directions and never stopped.”


Tom Toffell

looked after Jae Bar Fletch in his final year

“We were in and out of our barn all day and he just loved it. He kept up with everything that came in and out. And he had an old sand trap that he loved to roll in and get real dirty. Then he’d come in and get a warm bath. That was part of his ritual every day.”

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