by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Pink Jeans and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates pick up the 2011 AQHA world championship in junior tie-down roping. (Journal photo)
By the time November 19 rolled around, it had been a long week for AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado – he’d had a full week of roping and cow horse classes and been sick enough to end up in the hospital, diagnosed with colitis.
By the last night of the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show, J.D. had some strength back and was more than ready to show. He had three horses qualified in junior tie-down roping, and seventh in the go was Eric and Wendy Dunn’s mare Pink Jeans.
“That mare’s been really good for me all week long,” J.D. says. “I haven’t done the best job showing her. I made the finals on her in the heading and I missed in the finals. In the prelims of the heeling I roped the steer really good by 2 feet and she worked really good, and I lost my rope.
“I was sick in the first of the week and in the hospital here,” he continues. “Corey Cushing is a good friend of mine, and I talked to him on the phone and asked him if he’d ride (Pink Jeans) for me and get her ready for the cow horse. I was just … really too weak and he was getting along with her good and he placed eighth on her in the cow horse.
“I went out and practiced a little this morning, and she’s just been a trooper.”
He drew a good cow, J.D. says, and the mare really worked well. The judges awarded them a 228.5 and the world championship.
This is the first year that J.D. has shown a horse for the Dunns. He actually bought Pink Jeans for himself from Don Murphy in Marietta, Oklahoma, intending to show her in the working cow horse. A 2006 red roan mare by Levi Boon and out of JM Starlight Express by Grays Starlight, the mare was bred by James McNulty of Bakersfield, California.
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“(Eric) called my cousin (Jay Lynn Wadhams) and said, 'I’d like to have a horse with you and J.D., and wondered if you knew where a horse was,' ” J.D. recalls. Jay suggested that he sell them Pink Jeans.
“She’s really … got her whole future in front of her,” he says. “She’s actually only been in the show pen maybe 10 times in her life … I need to take her home and put her in the bridle now and do some work on her for other events.”
Right now, he’s still enjoying the world championship with her, especially for the Dunns.
“I don’t know exactly what the plans are now,” he adds, “we need to sit down and see what they want to do.”
And he’s headed home to get some rest: “I’m about fed up with all the Jello a man can eat,” he says.
J.D.’s busy night wasn’t over yet – check the winning runs for the senior heeling and Farnam Superhorse.