Heeling

David Seanor and Jaxs Eyes Sparkle loop their first world championship.

Jaxs Eyes Sparkle and David Seanor

Jaxs Eyes Sparkle and David Seanor loop a 217 and the heeling world title at the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show. (Journal photo)

David Seanor and Jaxs Eyes Sparkle clicked just in time for the 2013 Adequan Select World Championship Show in Amarillo.

In all honesty, the Franktown, Colorado, cowboy was a tad bit worried about getting qualified for the event. But things fell into place with Jaxs Eyes Sparkle, enough so that the duo snuck back into the heeling finals, slated for the evening of August 29.

Third in the go, David and his gelding charged out of the box and looped themselves a score of 217, taking the heeling world championship.

Jaxs Eyes Sparkle is by Forget The Cash and out of Ms Jackie Dominate by Two Eyed Dominator. On his topside, he traces back to Miss N Cash, Zan Parr Bar and Diamonds Sparkle, and on the bottomside, he’s Two Eyed Jack-bred. A 2005 sorrel gelding, Jaxs Eyes Sparkle was bred by Jimmy Daurio of Pueblo, Colorado, from whom David purchased the gelding.

“He’s pretty, he’s big, he’s thick. He’s just a willing horse,” David said of his world champion mount in an exclusive interview with the Journal. “It was the first time I’ve ever qualified him for here, so it was pretty fun.”

Leading into their draw, David rode a mental run, envisioning the perfect go.

“I just kept thinking, ‘Just set him up for the corner and let him run right in, watch the steer, rate, two swings over his back, then pull to a stop.’ And that’s pretty much what happened.”

The heeler said that what really helped him start to mesh with Jaxs Eyes Sparkle was help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, who had had the gelding in training when he was still owned by his breeder.

“I had to go down to J.D., and he and Jordan tweaked me up a little bit and helped with my horse,” David said. “We stayed down there for about 20 days, and that’s what had me turned around.”

For the most part, Jaxs Eyes Sparkle stays at home with David and his wife, Sabrina.

“We use him on our place, moving cows around. Mostly we’ve just been playing in the roping pen with him and having fun,” David said. “Pretty much most of the time he’s at home in Franktown or at our other place in Oklahoma.”

The Seanors are hay producers with a small commercial cow-calf operation. As if that’s not enough, David is also a project manager for the local school district.

David is quick to thank Sabrina for her support of his roping habit.

“I give credit to my wife; she puts up with me running around and going to the practice pen all the time,” he said with a laugh.

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Lucky for the couple, they share a hobby of horse showing.

“Sabrina has been showing for a long time; she does the horsemanship and showmanship now,” David said. “She’s looking forward to getting back here in ranch pleasure with a horse she’s got.”

While some couples might struggle to share the same sport, David has this to say: “It works for us. She stays in one pen, I’ll stay in the roping pen and it works out pretty good that way.

“We try to make this a family deal, so it’s fun that way.”