Stallion with a $13 Million Pedigree Stands at Stud at Auburn University
By Suzy Lowry Geno
Biduino, a Blount County stallion, is standing at stud at Auburn University to financially benefit the Equine Reproduction Center (ERC) there. For the 2010 breeding season, Biduino’s stud fee of $450 will be donated to the ERC. This is a great deal for horse owners as Biduino’s advertised fee for 2009 was $850 and he received $1,000 while he stood at stud in Texas. He is one of only a few non-University-owned stallions and the first non-University-owned Quarter Horse to stand at the Equine Reproduction Center.
Blount County resident David Clyde originally took Biduino to Auburn in February 2009 to have semen collected and frozen for storage and shipment throughout the U.S. to horse lovers who wanted foals from his prestigious line. But David was so impressed with the program there—including not only the new ERC, but the vet school and the entire facility-—he said he was "extremely honored" when he was asked to let Biduino stay on for a time.
Above, Biduino’s colt, Bid It To Win It, was the 2004 2D Average Champion in the Kindergarten Barrel Futurity. Bid is held by owner Stacy Spruill of Williamson, GA. Above right, one of Biduino’s fillies, Bunkin Stunkin, won the 2002 Illinois Quarter Horse Stakes.
Dr. Aime K. Johnson, DVM, and Dr. Robyn R. Wilborn, DVM, MS, both direct the James W. Goodwin and Joy Goodwin Adams Equine Reproduction Center and are assisted by Dr. Ghisiaine Dujovne, a theriogenology resident.
Sandra Hackneyk, Lincoln, with DC Royal Bid at the 2000 Alabama Stallion Owners Futurity in the Weanling Halter class.
According to Dr. Wilborn, Biduino, born in 1990, is one of the last living sons of the "legendary" racehorse, Beduino. Beduino’s offsprings have earned $13,099,594 in Quarter Horse racing.
So how did a horse breeder who grew up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm wind up living in the rural Blount County community of Straight Mountain and training and raising award-winning Quarter Horses on his St. Clair County ranch?
David gives all the credit for his lifetime achievements to God and the wondrous animals God creates.
"Great trainers say you can’t really make a horse any better but you can make them a lot worse if you don’t train them right," David explained.
"Quarter Horses are true athletes. What they have are God-given talents. I’ve been blessed to be able to obtain some of the best of these horses."
One of David Clyde’s Quarter Horses working cattle at the annual Debter Cattle Sale near Susan Moore in Blount County.
"They are like human athletes. The ones that are natural athletes are true gifts from God. I was so impressed with Beduino I bought one of his sons, Biduino. Joe Fricks and I were impressed with his athletic ability and his disposition and we bought him as an eight-year-old."
David later bought out Fricks’ half of the partnership and is now sole-owner.
"He has such a great mind. You like that in Quarter Horses—the great minds, easy training, and their willingness to please and do their jobs."
Growing up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm, David laughingly said the "only way you could get out of work was if you were out riding horses."
But he seriously noted his great love for horses was truly inherited from and inspired by his dad, Bill Clyde, who still rides, and his late-grandfather, Clarence Bellian.
By the time the fourth-generation dairy was disbanded in 1976 and the cattle sold, David knew that while he would work in industry (he now serves as Project Manager for Art Iron Works in Oneonta, owned by his father-in-law, Mike Carter), he knows horses would be and are his true avocation.
Especially in the 1980s, he trained and rode barrel horses, winning more than a quarter million dollars in top competitions in Fort Smith, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth and other venues.
By 1990, he was ranked in the top 50 barrel horse trainers in American, training three horses that won their classes at the Quarter Horse Congress and with one of his horses making it to the Dodge National Circuit Finals.
But by the mid-1990s, he wanted to move his entire operation south. He built his Quarter Horse operation at the top of Whitney Mountain just inside St. Clair County from Blount where he has "started at least 300 horses."
For the last four years, he’s done little training, instead concentrating on raising and selling foals…why stop such a lucrative training schedule? One word: family.
He and his wife, Teri, have a three year old daughter, Sydney (already an amazing singer with a strong voice) and 19-month-old TWINS Carter and Catherine.
"We’ve been concentrating on them for the past few years," he explained.
That’s why he’s planning to soon begin a new training facility beside his home which is three or four miles from the current set-up where he has 25 acres with another 40 leased.
"I need something right here at home," he explained.
David also has a son, Joshua, who graduated from Pitt University in 2009, and daughter Shannon, who is graduating in 2010 from Slippery Rock University with a degree in elementary education.
But he hasn’t ignored his love of horses during the past four years. Anything but.
A yearling filly, out of Biduino, recently brought $6,000 at the Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City. Royally Streaking Bird went to a race horse trainer in Arizona.
Last year, MS Strike Me Happy won all her time trials and was favored to win the Alabama Futurity at Delta Downs, led the race and then lost by a nose!
Some of Biduino’s foals are running in "open races," David explained. Bidz Flying Dash ran at Remington Park and Arapahoe Downs.
"He’s outrunning horses who are getting $8,000 to $10,000 in stud fees," David stated.
Biduino’s offspring have won close to $150,000 at the track thus far. His offspring includes 137 registered foals, 27 starters at the track and 22 wins.
"But they are just such versatile horses," David explained. "They’ve done everything from racing, to barrel racing, to working cattle—and we’ve even had one we know of in eventing."
David knows nutrition is one of the keys to smart, healthy horses. Situated "on the mountain" he can easily shop at the Co-op stores in Ashville or Oneonta. He praises Blount County Farmers Co-op Manager Paul Thompson "as just a great young man —- always knowledgeable and ready to help."
David also praised the entire Co-op line of horse feed and other products.
"They’re specifically designed for this area. The forage here is different than in other areas of the country and Horizon Equine Feeds are designed to make sure the horses are getting everything they need."
David and his family attend Union Hill Baptist Church. At this point in his life he can see God’s hands in everything, and how experiences throughout his life melded him to the achievements he’s made.
He’s even found an Alabama connection from way back! He’s learned recently a horse he bought as a 15-year-old in Pennsylvania originated at Pete Reynold’s ranch in Forkland.
"Having Biduino at Auburn is a great honor for us," David explained. "This shouldn’t be about me, but about how blessed we are to have one of the top vet schools in the nation at Auburn in our state.
"More importantly, this is about how great and wonderful God is and how He will use each of us and put us in the right place at the right time if we will only let him."
Of the great horses he has raised, David believes "only God can make them that great. You are truly lucky if you have ever owned one great horse. I’ve been fortunate and blessed enough to have owned several."
Those wishing more information about Biduino, stud fees, etc. can contact Dr. Robyn Wilborn or Dr. Aime Johnson at the ERC at (334) 844-4490. All shipping arrangements are to be handled by the Center. According to Dr. Wilborn, special discounts are available for Auburn alumni and faculty who wish to take advantage of this horse’s unique standing.
For information on training or his other horses, contact David Clyde at (205) 296-6900 or visit his website: www.dcquarterhorses.com.
Suzy Lowry Geno is a freelance writer from Blount County.