by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Terry and Phyllis Bewley of Danville, Arkansas, have a hobby of raising halter babies.
“We just like messing with the babies, raise the babies and let someone else go out and show them,” Terry explains.
But then, in 2008, their Obvious Prophet-bred mare, JR Prophets Gal, foaled a little bay colt by Kids Classic Style.
“He was just a little snotty-nosed baby, and all of a sudden he blossomed!” Terry recalls.
Dubbed PTMA Star Kid, the Bewleys sold him to Debra Barth of Missouri Valley, Iowa, as a weanling. Debra took him to the 2009 AQHA World Championship Show where he won both the amateur and open yearling stallions titles.
The Bewleys bought him back and suddenly, the stallion “kind of turned a hobby into a job,” Terry says with a laugh.
At the 2010 World Show, they showed him as a 2-year-old and he finished fourth, and, to be honest, Terry thought his horse needed another shot at a title as an older horse: “I just wanted to bring him back and give him one more chance,” Terry says.
On November 18, the horse got that chance when AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark led him into the 3-year-old stallions class and they walked out with the 2011 world championship.
“He showed tremendous,” Ross says. “I had to set him up quick with just nine head (in the pen). He gave me a little trouble starting out and once he got through that, he stood there and showed. He’s got a pretty head and neck and is good on his legs; he’s a pretty-colored horse. He was a joy to prepare and to show.”
Ross feels like the horse was able to return successfully to the show pen for two reasons – his pedigree and the environment he’s kept in: “It is genetics and taking care of a horse,” he says.
“I’d like to thank Ross, he did a super job,” Terry adds. “(The horse is) the fittest I’ve ever seen him. He is really fit.”
Terry recently retired from the grocery industry. He has “always loved horses,” and had them back in the 70s. He is allergic to them, though, and has to shower immediately after touching them. But that doesn’t stop him from being around them.
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The Bewleys are especially proud of their small crop of foals that hit the ground this year, which included PTMA Star Kid’s first foals. They sold four 2011 foals to people showing at the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza in the Breeders Cup Halter and the World Conformation Horse Association Breeders Championship Futurities; three were by PTMA Star Kid and one was by My Intention.
“(Together) they won a little over $40,000, babies off of our (Misty Acres Ranch),” Terry says. “What makes that so special to us is that I don’t have $40,000 mares. My mares are … just good, solid mares. I don’t have world champion mares. This (stallion’s) mama has never even been shown. … That makes it special.
“You know when you have a mare that won the world, you expect to produce those kind of colts out of (her). He’s producing great colts out of (unproven) mares; that tells me he’s going to be a breeding horse.”PTMA Star Kid is headed to Doug Tallent’s place in North Carolina for the 2012 season, and he is officially retired from the show pen.
Why retire him?
“I can’t handle the pressure!” Terry says with a laugh.
PTMA Star Kid wins the 2011 3-year-old stallions world championship with AQHA Professional Horseman Ross Roark at the lead.