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Gene Ray Stewart poses for a photo with show horse, Sailin CD, also known as “Chum.” Stewart has showed horses since he was 5 years old and now makes his living boarding horses for other people.
Show business is Stewart's business

On a hot Friday morning in Pleasant Home, Gene Ray Stewart chats about his formative years. The roar of a tractor can be overheard as his father, Woody, enters the barn to hook to a wagon stacked high with square bales of hay.
The scene is not unlike that of many Owen County farms – except the barn is also a horse arena, joined by 23 stalls filled with western horses. The hay will be used to feed those horses.
It’s the same farm Stewart, 41, grew up on.