Sometimes, things just go perfectly super, and that's the case for a stallion named Popular Resortfigure and his owner, John Trammell, Oklahoma City, Okla.Sometimes, things just go perfectly super, and that's the case for a stallion named Popular Resortfigure and his owner, John Trammell, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sometimes, things just go perfectly super, and that’s the case for a stallion named Popular Resortfigure and his owner, John Trammell, Oklahoma City, Okla.
A good-looking sorrel with a mind to match, Popular Resortfigure and his rider, J.D. Yates, worked their way through four events to win the AQHA’s very prestigious Superhorse award.
"It’s unbelievable!" Trammell said. "This is one of those things people chase all their lives. I thought he had a chance but there are so many variables."
Finals week started with Popular Resortfigure and Yates finishing Reserve with a 223 score in the Junior Calf Roping followed up two days later with twin Gold Championships in the Junior Dally Team Roping Heading and Heeling. After marking a 230.5 in the Heeling and a 228 in the Heading, Popular Resortfigure and Yates turned around that same afternoon and performed to sixth place in the Junior Working Cow Horse.
"If he’s as tired as I am, I feel sorry for him!" Yates said moments after riding out of the Cow Horse class.
Popular Resortfigure was bred and raised by the Lazy E Ranch and originally trained and shown at the 2000 NRHA Futurity by John Slack. After that, he went into roping training with Yates. When the stallion was 5, he was sold to Trammell just days ahead of the World Show. Yates liked the horse and knew Popular Resortfigure had at least a working chance at the title.
"He’s a phenomenal animal, I can tell you that," Yates said proudly. "I can’t take a lot of the credit for training him because he just wanted to train himself."
Trammell purchased the stallion on the heels of a package deal he’d made with the Lazy E Ranch a couple of months earlier. For that transaction, Trammell bought 13 broodmares that included the renowned J Bar Jackie. Liking the mare, Trammell was interested when he found out Popular Resortfigure was for sale. Yates demonstrated the horse, then handed the reins to the prospective buyer.
"He was just a blessing to ride," Trammell said. "It was obvious he was a super, super athlete."
By Dual Pep, Popular Resortfigure is out of Bar J Jackie, a Zan Parr Jack daughter that has earned an incredible 1,127 AQHA points in six events. With Yates in the saddle, the phenomenal mare was a High-Point All-Around Champion, High-Point Senior All-Around Champion along with having qualifying for the World Show 10 times where she earned Senior Championships in Heeling and Heading. Twice, J Bar Jackie was both the AQHA High-Point Heading Champion and High-Point Heeling Champion.
The mare also mothered Broadmoor, a 1996 chestnut that Slack showed to ninth places at the 1999 NRHA Futurity and 2000 NRHA Derby. After that, Dell Hendricks rode Broadmoor to success that included a 2001 AQHA Junior Reining World Championship. In total, the horse has $34,365 in NRHA earnings.
"Pop Tart," as the family calls Popular Resortfigure, has a calm demeanor that is so pleasant that Yates allows his 7-year-old son, Trey, to ride the stallion. While the horse has a cooperative mind, it’s his stopping talent that makes a huge impact in the show pen.
"You can’t teach a horse to stop like that horse can stop. He has to want to," Yates said about Popular Resortfigure, the first Dual Pep he has ridden. "He is so physical stopping that it’s unbelievable."
With the Superhorse title to his credit, the Popular Resortfigure remains with Yates until February and then returns to the Lazy E for the breeding season. Trammell said a contract was signed to stand the horse there through 2006 and that the introductory stud fee was set at $1,500. When the breeding season ends, Trammell’s plan is to send the stallion back to Yates for a show season that includes a run for the High-Point All-Around Horse, re-qualification for the World Show and perhaps a trip to the World’s Greatest Horseman.