Woody Bartlett, pictured at the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes, was a successful owner, breeder and competitor. • QHN file photo.

Memorial Service Planned for Owner-Breeder Haywood “Woody” Bartlett

A memorial service is scheduled for later this month for successful cutting horse owner and breeder Dr. Haywood “Woody” Bartlett, DVM.

Bartlett, who died last month in Montgomery, Alabama, bred the winners of nearly $3.4 million during his lifetime. He also owned the winners of more than $1.5 million. A celebration of life for Bartlett will be held at 5 p.m, July 24 at 755 Old Carter Hill Road in Pike Road, Alabama.

His top homebred was Reys Desire, a daughter of Dual Rey who banked $453,713 during a career highlighted by back-to-back wins at the NCHA Super Stakes: the 2010 4-Year-Old Open and 2011 5/6-Year-Old Open titles.

Reys Desire and Lee Francois had back-to-back wins in the NCHA Super Stakes for Bartlett, who owned and bred the mare.
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The second-richest horse Bartlett bred was Reys Desire’s half brother, Desire A Little Pepto ($222,716, by Sweet Lil Pepto). Both cutting horses were out of Playguns Desire, a daughter of Playgun who won the Brazos Bash 4-Year-Old Open with Mike Mowery and who Bartlett and his late wife, Kelley, both rode in Non-Pro competition.

Bartlett also found success as a rider, earning more than $169,000.

His Bartlett Ranches was honored by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) with the Best Remuda Award.

For a full obituary, visit AQHA.com.