Amer­i­can Rope Horse Futurity World Cham­pi­onship, Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 18–19, 2018

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An emo­tional JD Yates won his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Amer­i­can Rope Horse Futurity As­so­ci­a­tion World Cham­pion head­ing ti­tle in 2018.

JD Yates pi­loted the 6-year-old bald face sor­rel geld­ing DT Air Jor­dan to his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Amer­i­can Rope Horse Futurity As­so­ci­a­tion head­ing world ti­tle with a score of 929.54 on four head.

DT Air Jor­dan is by Shin­ers Lena Chex out of Mar­gies Lit­tle Jess and was raised by Dean Tuftin. The horse is owned by Kyle and Greg Hause of Gill, Colorado. Greg hopped the arena wall as the rop­ing came to an end to hug his jockey.

“It’s just the idea to com­pete, and have a chance to win big,” an emo­tional Yates said, choking back tears on the floor of Fort Worth, Texas’ John Justin Arena af­ter the win. “It makes it all worth it. Hard work, just what any­body does, just hap­pened to be rop­ing for me.”

Yates was sec­ond call-back on DT Air Jor­dan and fourth call-back on the horse’s full sis­ter, DT Juno Shines. But with DT Juno Shines, Yates’ son and NFR heeler Trey roped a leg. Vis­i­bly frus­trated, Trey rode back up the arena, had 30 sec­onds to re­group, and backed in the box on his great bay, Ro­manc­ing the Chicks.

“I just told him, ‘We’ve got an­other chance.’ That’s re­ally how you grow as a roper. A kid his age, learn­ing to be what he wants to be—one of the best in the world—you need to have flaws in your life like that to have to reach down and step it up on the next steer. There was no doubt in my mind that he’d catch that steer. If there was any­body go­ing to screw up on the team, it was me. Those mo­ments are what make you a bet­ter per­son and a bet­ter roper. I have got to hand it to him. He rodeoed all year, came home and rode all my heel horses and helped me work them. I’m get­ting to the point in my life where I can’t take it like I used to. And he’s re­ally try­ing to step it up and do the right thing as far as help­ing me. That’s what it’s all about. The win­ning is one of the most out­stand­ing things in the world, but how you play the game—there’s no bet­ter feel­ing.”

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