by Jody ReynoldsThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Packaged In Pink and Wayne Bell
When you’re looking to stand out in a stacked halter class, a uniquely colored horse is a good strategy.
Wayne Bell of Burleson, Texas, showed up for the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show 2-year-old fillies finals class with what many would call a pink horse.
Technically registered with AQHA as a “sorrel with white flakes,” Packaged In Pink was aptly named by Wayne’s wife, Jan.
“I bred this mare to a horse in California called The Package,” Wayne explained to the Journal on August 28. “My veterinarian called me the morning she was foaled and said, ‘Well, you’ve got an awful nice filly. I just don’t know what color she is!’
“I said, ‘What do you mean?’
“He said, ‘She looks kinda ... pink!’ "
So, they named her Packaged In Pink, “Pinky” for short. And she’s been a standout for the Bell family. The filly earned third place at the 2012 Adequan Select World and sixth at the 2012 Bank of America Amateur World Championship Show.
“When you walk her in the pen, she has a certain presence,” he said. “When you’re a little bit different ... Besides that, she’s pretty good. I hauled her mother (Impressive Lady Teko by Te Coolest) for the honor roll. Her mother’s this way. Really, really quiet. Anything you want to do suits her fine. This filly’s that way. I’ve got a half sister to her who’s the same way.”
Needless to say, he likes the bloodlines he’s involved with.
“I like her mama a lot,” he stressed.
Wayne owns Western Hauler and has a booth at many major horse shows throughout the year, including the Adequan Select World. So, although he does most of his work with his horses at home, he enlisted the help of AQHA Professional Horseman Ted Turner a few weeks before the show. During the show, he had help from Ted and AQHA Professional Horseman Mike McMillian.
“I really enjoy the Select World,” Wayne said. “It’s a different atmosphere than most horse shows because of the age of the people here. I enjoy horse shows. If I miss a horse show, then I’ve got to go get my horse show fix. The Select World has been really, really good.”
This is Wayne’s second Select world championship. He has picked up several reserves, thirds and other accolades since 2006.
Wayne is a 20-year American Quarter Horse breeder and has recently slimmed down his breeding program.
“We were in the horse business on a big scale at one time in my life,” he said. “We’ve had 40 broodmares and a three-time world champion horse. Later in life, it got to where I didn’t want to do that any more. I have three broodmares, and they’re three pretty good ones. We do this as a pastime and a hobby.
“I tell everybody, a horse show is like a bunch of gypsies,” he continued. “We run over and set our camp up, stay two or three days, tear it down and go someplace else. All of our friends are at the horse shows. When you’re 74 years old, everybody you know is at the horse show.”
Wayne said he’s not obsessed with winning, but “that’s what I’m there for. I definitely like to win.”
He is considering hauling Pinky next year for a high-point award.
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“I might drag her up and down the highway,” he grinned. “This mare is really, really good.”
After all, not everyone gets to own a pink horse.