by Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
BRTSendingmyregards and Dr. Bob Story win performance halter stallions at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
When a horse is built well, he can do great things. Brtsendingmyregards is proof of that.
Bred for speed, the 2009 gray stallion has 10 starts on the track, finishing on the board eight times. Although he sports an AQHA Racing Register of Merit, Brtsendingmyregards now has a show-pen accolade to his name, too.
On August 23, Brtsendingmyregards clinched the performance halter stallions world title with Dr. Bob G. Story of Sunland Park, New Mexico, at the shank at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.
Brtsendingmyregards was bred by Bob’s daughter, Ryan Story Chesley of Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The gray stallion is by Chicks Regard and out of Aleisha Elaine. Chicks Regard, a son of Chicks Beduino, is out of the First Down Dash daughter First Regard. Aleisha Ease is by the First Down Dash son Holland Ease and traces back to Top Moon on her bottomside.
With a best speed index of 96, Brtsendingmyregards’ last race was in October 2012.
“He raced last fall, and I went and picked up him at the racetrack and took him to (AQHA Professional Horseman) Wayne Halvorson’s place and Wayne conditioned him for me,” Bob said during his Journal interview. “So he went directly from racing to showing; no rest at all.”
And when Brtsendingmyregards stepped foot in the halter pen last fall, his success was instant.
“He was circuit champion (at the Tulsa Holiday Circuit), and he hasn’t been beaten yet in performance halter stallions.”
Bob’s involvement with the halter industry goes back to when he was a kid, but his life became intertwined with horse racing when he became a racetrack veterinarian. It’s only fitting that his breeding program has evolved to incorporate both interests. An AQHA 30-year breeder, the foals Bob has raised have earned $271,776 in race earnings and six stakes wins. But that’s just what they’ve done on the track. He has raised 37 point earners, who have earned a combined 932.5 points, with the majority of those having been earned in halter events.
“This is our third world champion, and we own the stallion BRT Limited Edition, who was the world champion (weanling stallion) here five years ago,” Bob said. Be it a halter horse or a racehorse, Bob always tries to incorporate BRT into the name, which stands for Bob, of course, as well as his two children, Ryan and Tyler.
It was with Ryan in mind that Bob set his eye on Brtsendingmyregard’s dam, who was up for bid at the 2001 All American Sale.
“His dam was a nice mare. She was by Holland Ease, and she was out of a mare (Mango Moon) that produced an On A High filly (Moons High) that ran second in the All American Futurity,” Bob said of Aleisha Elaine. “We liked her conformation and her balance at the All American Sale, so we purchased her.
“I bought (Aleisha Elaine) for my daughter when she was in high school so she would have something to watch race.”
Even from the start, the Storys knew they had something special in Brtsendingmyregards.
“From the very beginning, he had the conformation,” Bob said. “We had him at the breeding farm (when he was younger), and he was there with our halter horses – nobody could tell the difference.”
In fact, several owners of halter-type mares have shown interest in breeding to Brtsendingmyregards, who has yet to be taken to the breeding shed. While Bob thinks that will change next spring, he says the gray stallion has some other things on the agenda, too, for the 2014 show season.
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“We are wanting to go for the AQHA Supreme Champion title,” Bob said with a grin. “He has his racing points, we’re going after his halter points, then we’ll probably try roping, and then we’re going to do a little different twist: He’s such a nice mover that we’re going to try hunter under saddle.”
Conformation is paramount, Bob said, no matter the sport.
“Balance is important, no matter what you do. Balance is important in the performance arena, and it’s also important in the racing industry. When you go and look at the finalists in the All American Futurity, you don’t see horses with bad conformation,” he said. “And that tells you that to get to the top of anything, you have to have balance and conformation.”