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Montana Paint breeder meets Tommy Lee Jones


November 24, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Tommy Lee Jones and Pretty Bird Woman
(photo by Photo courtesy of Cowboys & Indians magazine)
Actor Tommy Lee Jones and Charlie Real Bird of Garryowen, Montana, a Paint race horse owner, breeder and trainer, are pictured together in the December issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine. Jones and his new Paint mare, Pretty Bird Woman, purchased from Real Bird, are the cover subjects of this issue. The magazine is sold at newsstands across the nation.

A feature story on Jones includes information on how the actor and horseman met. Jones and his wife, Dawn, spent the Fourth of July at a rodeo in Sheridan, Wyoming and then took a tour of the Little Big Horn battlefield under the guidance of Real Bird. In the end, Jones had a new horse.

Jones is an accomplished polo player and plans to use the four-year-old mare in the game.

Real Bird bred his Quarter Horse mare, Truly Miss Kirk, to the Paint stud Treasured Too, which stands in California, to produce Pretty Bird Woman, which is named after his deceased sister. Pretty Bird Woman last raced at Yellowstone Downs in September 2003, winning a mixed breed race at 300 yards. She earned a Register of Merit in her racing career and had a best speed index of 89.

“I’ve been raising Paint horses for the past seven years,” Real Bird said. He started breeding and quickly got into horse racing. “I hooked up with horse racing and I couldn’t get out,” he said with a laugh.

Besides running his horses on the race circuit, Real Bird sold a black-and-white stud colt named Traditional Dancer (Judys Lineage-Caty Mars Can) at the Heritage Place Sale last year. The freshman colt has been running at Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan and had two wins, a third and a fifth there this season.