The AQHA Professional Horseman and judge grew up watching Roy Rogers in Macon, Georgia. He first took interest in the American Quarter Horse when he was 14 and was looking to raise a horse himself.
"My interest all along is to be able to produce and raise my own champions,"
Benham said. "For 40 plus years, we've been able to go out into our own
pastures and get a winner."
Today, Stewart resides 100 miles southeast of Macon in Glenwood, Georgia, where he operates his family's sixth generation farm and timber operation, Singing Pines Plantation. He stays busy nearly year-round working with his horses but credits his spiritual dedication for the success he has had inside and out of the arena.
"We eat, sleep and talk horses, but my true passion is the Lord,"
Stewart has spent the past four decades striving to produce and raise the perfect Quarter Horse. He has spent the past 30 years as a judge for the organization he has grown to love.
"I wanted to contribute to an industry that I thought had a lot of potential,' Stewart Said. "I've met a lot of people through the years, and I love the challenge of finding that next great champion in each colt crop."
The native Georgian believes in the diversity of the Quarter Horse and views
the greatest challenge in the industry as being able to raise your own champion.
"Today is a day of specialization, but my goal has always been to produce
horses that can compete in a number of classes, " Stewart said. "I
want horses that can win in hunter under saddle, trail, heading or heeling."