by Mallory MartinThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and Sparkling Jackie came back from a mishap at the 2007 AQHA World Championship Show and proved they were the best.
J.D. rode “Jackie” to a world championship in senior heeling on November 20 at the 2010 World Show.
“(At the 2007 World Show) I was the high mark in the first round of heeling,” J.D. told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “I came back in the finals and lost my rope.”
This time around, J.D. went into the finals with the highest mark from the preliminaries and he didn’t want to jinx it.
“Subconsciously, in the back of my mind I was like I’ve got a good enough horse,” J.D. told the Journal in his winning run interview. “She’s proved it three times; I should give her a chance to win it.”
J.D. trained Jackie four years ago, but after the 2007 World Show, she broke her leg.
“She raised colts for three years,” J.D. said. “Then (Gregory Simon of Santa Ynez, California,) sent her back to me in January. We had to start all over again.”
J.D. was pleased with his horse’s performance in the finals.
“If you do your job as a roper and do the right things, you’ve gotta feel fortunate to win,” J.D. said. “I feel fortunate to be a winner on her. She’s actually given me two chances to win, and I let her down once. I’m just glad I didn’t let her down again.”