by Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates won his final AQHA world championship with Sparkling Jackie in senior dally team roping heeling at the 2011 event. (Journal photo)
Six years ago, Sparkling Jackie came into AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yate’s life. Since then, the duo has racked up quite a few accomplishments, including a senior heeling world championship in 2010 at the AQHA World Championship Show.
“Sparkling Jackie is a palomino mare that I just dearly love,” J.D. starts. “I had her when she was a 3-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old, and then they wanted to go on and do other things with her, and I was too busy to go in that way.
“They took her and put her with somebody else, and did other things with her for a year, then bred her and she raised a colt. They called me up out of the blue one day – actually, it’ll be three years ago this coming January – and asked me if I would be willing to take her back and show her.”
Since then, J.D. has been glad to have the 2002 palomino mare by Shining Spark and out of Tim Tam Jackie by Zan Parr Jack back in his life.
“I showed her here last year and was a world champion on her and they didn’t know what they (were) going to do with her … I said, ‘Well, shoot, we’re qualified for the World Show, let’s just keep her around and see what we want to do.’”
That plan certainly worked out for J.D. and Sparkling Jackie, who was owned and bred by Gregory Simon of Santa Ynez, California.
“He said, ‘I think if you have a chance to sell her, let’s sell her,’ ” says J.D. of Pueblo, Colorado. “Actually, some people came over from Brazil and purchased the mare from me about a week before the World Show, but the guy that owned her, Greg Simon, would not sell until the World Show was over. But she’s going here and going into quarantine and she’s headed to Brazil.”
Even though J.D. will be sad to see the talented mare go, he’s excited about her future in Brazil.
“The people that bought her are really good people, and actually, they bought a horse that I won the (Farnam) Superhorse on here called Popular Resortfigure, and they took him over there and they’re breeding him over there. Actually, they’re taking her over there to breed.
“I think they’ll breed Popular Resortfigure with her, and then hopefully I’m going to go over there and I’m going to show her at their world championship shows and that’ll be her last show.”
Popular Resortfigure, a 1997 sorrel stallion by Dual Pep and out of Bar J Jackie by Zan Parr Jack, won the Farnam Superhorse in 2002, as well as the junior heading and heeling world championships that same year.
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“She was awful outstanding this year,” J.D. says of Sparkling Jackie. “I can’t really remember exactly how it was last year, because after you win a world championship, you never think you’re going to win another one. It’s an exciting night, but when the night’s over you wake up tomorrow saying, ‘(Gosh), is this going to happen again?’
“For me, I thought she was really, really outstanding tonight. I’ve got a lot of respect for her and I’ll probably be as sad as anybody to see her go.”