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Night Jacket stallion: 16 offspring buck at WNFR

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Evidence that ProRodeo’s born-to-buck breeding program is thriving is that 16 offspring of legendary stud Night Jacket are competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this week in Las Vegas.

The bucking horses are owned by five different stock contracting firms and the list includes, a son, 2010 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year Big Tex owned by Classic Pro Rodeo.

An additional 10 horses at the Finals are related, in various ways, to the retired bucking horse bought for a record $200,000 by Cullen Pickett from Jim and Maggie Zinser last September.

J Bar J, previously owned by the Zinsers, was purchased by Mark “Sparky” Dressen about three years ago. Dreesen and Pickett, of Lancaster & Picket, are among those carrying on the work of providing top-of-the-line bucking horses, which was the mission of the Zinsers.

“The beauty of the whole thing is that I’m breeding mares from Night Jacket to my bloodline – (studs) Bugs Bunny, Lounge Lizard Plus and All Lizard,” Dreesen said. “I bought a legacy from Jim and Maggie and what I’m trying to do is to make it even better.”

Cowboys clearly believe Dreesen is on the right track. He received this year’s Remuda Award at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet on Dec. 1 in Las Vegas for providing top bucking horses at rodeos from his company, as well others.

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What ProRodeo fans are seeing on ESPN networks and on the Internet this week are skilled and athletic bucking horses that are giving cowboys the opportunity to score a lot of points and grab a share of the record $5.875 million in prize money.

Along with power, Dreesen said fans will notice the extraordinary size of Night Jacket’s offspring and relatives.

“The best way that I have heard them described was that they are ‘Michigan monsters,'” Dreesen said about the horses and the state that was formerly their home with the Zinsers. “As a whole, they are big and tough. We weighed one of the horses last year before we went to the NFR and it weighed more than 1,600 pounds.

“It’s kind of like what (bareback rider) Royce Ford said when he saw Faded Jeans (of J Bar J). He said ‘That isn’t a horse. That’s a giraffe.'”

Many of Night Jacket’s offspring also exhibit his athletic ability and disposition.

“He had a very distinct trait,” said. “He got entirely up in the air. He did that thing where it looks like they are floating and had a lot of kick out the back.

“Night Jacket was, and still is, the coolest horse. He never really acted like a typical stud. When we took him to Vegas he stood comfortably in the pen. You could put him by mares. You could haul him with other horses easily. He was a gentleman, but when he got in the arena he knew he his job.”

Night Jacket, 16, is the star of Lancaster & Pickett’s breeding program and is in Fairfield, TX, with Pickett.

“He never leaves his pasture and he looks great,” Pickett said.

Night Jacket’s good health is a good sign for stock contractors and ProRodeo fans that there will continue to be a pipeline of athletic horses headed to PRCA rodeos.

“I have been amazed for more than 25 years of the quality of livestock that have come off of their ranch,” said Pete Carr of Carr Pro Rodeo about the Zinsers’ contribution. “There is no doubt that Night Jacket has made a huge impact on the world of rodeo. When you get the right combination with the mares, he has proved to be a great producer of outstanding colts.”

Evidence that ProRodeo’s born-to-buck breeding program is thriving is that 16 offspring of legendary stud Night Jacket are competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this week in Las Vegas.

The bucking horses are owned by five different stock contracting firms and the list includes, a son, 2010 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year Big Tex owned by Classic Pro Rodeo.

An additional 10 horses at the Finals are related, in various ways, to the retired bucking horse bought for a record $200,000 by Cullen Pickett from Jim and Maggie Zinser last September.

J Bar J, previously owned by the Zinsers, was purchased by Mark “Sparky” Dressen about three years ago. Dreesen and Pickett, of Lancaster & Picket, are among those carrying on the work of providing top-of-the-line bucking horses, which was the mission of the Zinsers.

“The beauty of the whole thing is that I’m breeding mares from Night Jacket to my bloodline – (studs) Bugs Bunny, Lounge Lizard Plus and All Lizard,” Dreesen said. “I bought a legacy from Jim and Maggie and what I’m trying to do is to make it even better.”

Cowboys clearly believe Dreesen is on the right track. He received this year’s Remuda Award at the annual PRCA Awards Banquet on Dec. 1 in Las Vegas for providing top bucking horses at rodeos from his company, as well others.

What ProRodeo fans are seeing on ESPN networks and on the Internet this week are skilled and athletic bucking horses that are giving cowboys the opportunity to score a lot of points and grab a share of the record $5.875 million in prize money.

Along with power, Dreesen said fans will notice the extraordinary size of Night Jacket’s offspring and relatives.

“The best way that I have heard them described was that they are ‘Michigan monsters,'” Dreesen said about the horses and the state that was formerly their home with the Zinsers. “As a whole, they are big and tough. We weighed one of the horses last year before we went to the NFR and it weighed more than 1,600 pounds.

“It’s kind of like what (bareback rider) Royce Ford said when he saw Faded Jeans (of J Bar J). He said ‘That isn’t a horse. That’s a giraffe.'”

Many of Night Jacket’s offspring also exhibit his athletic ability and disposition.

“He had a very distinct trait,” said. “He got entirely up in the air. He did that thing where it looks like they are floating and had a lot of kick out the back.

“Night Jacket was, and still is, the coolest horse. He never really acted like a typical stud. When we took him to Vegas he stood comfortably in the pen. You could put him by mares. You could haul him with other horses easily. He was a gentleman, but when he got in the arena he knew he his job.”

Night Jacket, 16, is the star of Lancaster & Pickett’s breeding program and is in Fairfield, TX, with Pickett.

“He never leaves his pasture and he looks great,” Pickett said.

Night Jacket’s good health is a good sign for stock contractors and ProRodeo fans that there will continue to be a pipeline of athletic horses headed to PRCA rodeos.

“I have been amazed for more than 25 years of the quality of livestock that have come off of their ranch,” said Pete Carr of Carr Pro Rodeo about the Zinsers’ contribution. “There is no doubt that Night Jacket has made a huge impact on the world of rodeo. When you get the right combination with the mares, he has proved to be a great producer of outstanding colts.”

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