November 8, 2010
By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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David Bingham, Will Bingham and their matched sibling horses.
Family matters.David Bingham of Somerset, Kentucky, can talk about his American Quarter Horses’ bloodlines in depth for several generations. He knows the importance of a good family foundation, which is why his son, Will, 17, is riding two full siblings that David bred in the senior pole bending finals at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show.Heza Shawnee Bayou, a 6-year-old sorrel gelding, and Sheza Easy Jet Bayou, a 7-year-old sorrel mare, are by Easy Jet Bayou and out of Shawne Sarah by Shawne Bug. “We always liked the Shawne Bugs,” David says. “(These two horses) both run barrels and poles. They’re pretty consistent running – a little bit different in the way they run. They’re similar. Their times (in the preliminaries) were about a tenth apart, so they were pretty close.”Will showed Heza Shawnee Bayou at the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show this year, placing third in pole bending. He’s also currently leading the nation in youth pole bending and was fourth in junior pole bending at the 2009 World Show, so Will and David felt pretty good about bringing their horses to the 2010 World Show.They compete a lot and plan to leave Oklahoma City, drive all night and compete at the North American International Livestock Show in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 9-10. That’s because barrel racing and pole bending are just their speed.“You have to dress up too much (in other classes),” David says with a laugh. “That’s too much work for us. We like speed, running the clock. That way, you know what you’ve got.”To get what the Binghams got, they started with running-bred Quarter Horses.“The daddy to these horses was by Billy Billy Bayou,” David says, continuing his pedigree talk. “He had a 101 speed index, and he produced a lot of barrel hroses in the 1980s. He got out of style and so a lot of people stopped breeding to him. I bought (Easy Jet Bayou) as a baby – probably 2 weeks old – and I raised him and I showed him. He had over 200 barrel and pole points. He got hurt, and I used him for a breeding stallion only. He was a real good-dispositioned horse, 16 hands tall, and – put out some good babies. Not a lot of them, but they were good.“Of course, the Easy Jets are always good.”Back home, David’s program also includes the lines of Jet Of Honor, particularly the Mr Honor Bound line. From the 6-8 broodmares he keeps, he holds back a couple of foals each year to train and promote. But that will be Will’s job, not David’s.“I’ve retired.”“He’s a stall boy now,” Will says helpfully.David: I showed out here years ago. I never did get close enough to see the trophies. Will: He got close enough to see the ground though.David: Fell off out there. Made it back to the finals and got to the last end pole, turned, reached for the horn to hold on, missed it, rolled off the back of my horse, dislocated shoulder. They came got me, hauled me out, took me to an Oklahoma hospital."Another accident left David with six bulged discs.“So I stay on the ground and let him do the riding. But we’ve had fun at it for 25 years or more,” David says. “We’ve got a lot of good bloodline horses and we hope to do good here.”
In the senior pole bending finals, Will finished eighth and ninth on the two siblings. Family matters.