A Horse-Breeding Matriarch

Pretty, versatile and talented, Chubby Time could’ve been a poster girl for the American Quarter Horse breed.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Even if she didn’t have one of the best names ever, Chubby Time (by Spot Time and out of Hat Eight Two by Chubby’s Red Bud) would be remembered for her versatility, accomplishment and good nature, in other words, for what makes the American Quarter Horse so beloved today. A 1964 model, she earned her performance Register of Merit at the age of 6 and her AQHA Champion title at the age of 20. In between, Chubby Time earned points in open halter, western pleasure, western riding and tie-down roping, and gently provided an AQHA director with his first show pen experience. She also produced four offspring, including Scotch Bar Time, an inductee in both the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and the National Snaffle Bit Association Hall of Fame.

Chubby Time was bred by Rex Hagemeister of Crawford, Nebraska. Harley Terpstra trained the sorrel mare for several owners and put the points on her, stopping two short of her AQHA Championship. “He stopped her because her feet started to be a little ouchy,” said Jeff Terpstra, Harley’s son and an AQHA director from Oklahoma. “But before she retired, he let me ride her in a pleasure class. I’ll never forget it, because I was 10 years old, and she was the first horse I’d ever shown. The show people loved her, and the ranch people did, too, because her conformation was outstanding, and her disposition was excellent. Chubby Time was a mare you’d be proud to have in your barn today.” The pretty sorrel was bred four times between 1974 and 1977. Her first colt, Scotch Bar Time by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Sonny Dee Bar, was not shown due to injury but more than made up for it in the breeding barn. He is AQHA’s fifth all-time leading sire of performance ROM earners; his offspring have earned more than 43,000 points, garnering world and reserve world championships. He followed his daddy into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Chubby Time’s second colt, also by Sonny Dee Bar, was Sonny Skip Bar, who earned halter and performance points. Chubby Time was then bred twice to AQHA Champion The Continental. In 1981, Jim Dudley and his (now former) wife, Renae, purchased Scotch Bar Time. “Our first ads were, ‘Scotch Bar …. Who?’” said Renae with a chuckle. “No one knew him. We researched and found that his dam, Chubby Time, was just two points shy of her AQHA Championship. We figured that if we could find her and earn those points, we might be able to add luster to her son’s story.” “Some time later, Dale Harper purchased Chubby Time at an auction, heard we were looking for her and called us,” Jim said. ‘She was 18 years old, blind in one eye and barren – but in relatively good shape. At the time, I had a nice halter yearling, so – sight unseen- we traded the colt for Chubby Time.” When the mare arrived in Iowa, the Dudleys were very pleasantly surprised. “You’d never guess her age,” Jim said. “Somewhere along the line, she’d been blinded in her left eye by a rope. She’d torn her cervix with her last colt and couldn’t carry a foal, but other than that, she looked much younger than her years.” “She was sound, changed leads easily and rode quietly,” Renae added.

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In early 1984, Jim and roper Kent Martin met at a show, and the topic turned to a certain 20-year-old-mare. “I told him that Chubby Time needed just two points, and they could be roping points,” Jim said. “When I added that she was blind in one eye, he just shook his head and said, ‘Dudley, you want me to do what?’” But by the end of the conversation they had plans: Chubby Time was going roping. “The first time I backed her into the box, it was obvious that she remembered the drill,” Kent said. “She crouched down and started to tremble with eagerness. I told her, ‘Grandma, you’d better quiet down!’” The gate cracked open, and the old mare took off like a rocket. At the schooling show, the mare won her class despite the wild steer she drew. Then, at a show in Sioux Center, Iowa, Kent and the gallant little mare were fourth out of 31 competitors, garnering three precious points. A month after she’d left, Chubby Time was back in the Dudleys’ barn, an AQHA Champion. “Scotch Bar Time was known for versatile, good-minded offspring,” Renae said. “I credit his mother, Chubby Time.”