By Justin Lofton
Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee and Adan Marvin Barnes turned 90 on March 26. When Barnes’ horse, Mr Master Bug, won first and second place in the All-American Futurity horse race in Ruidosa, N.M. in 1982, Barnes was 62 years old and had owned and bred an esteemed line of race horses. The line began with the broodmare, FL Lady Bug, to whom Mr. Master Bug was a grandson.
Barnes and his wife, Lela Barnes, started the Lady Bug Stallion Station in Madill, where they bred a formidable line of race horses. His niece, Almeda Harrel, said he continues to be active despite his age.
“He doesn’t really look 90,” she said. “He’s very active.”
Although he has retired, she said, he still keeps and sometimes races horses.
Marvin Barnes, Lela Barnes and FL Lady Bug were officially inducted into the OQHRA Hall of Fame in February 2009.
“He raced in Ruidosa, Remington Park, Salisaw and wherever he could go,” Harrel said.
Lady Bug Stallion Station is currently run by Lela Barnes’ brother’s family, Stan Stanley, Steve Stanley and Fred Stanley in Madill.