If you ask around bucking horse circles, one name keeps coming up as a top contender for all-time top bucking horse sire–Night Jacket. The big paint stud is made a name for himself as a bareback bronc first, then after retirement, his colts have populated the best bucking horse of the year lists.
J Bar J, previously owned by the Zinsers, was purchased by Mark “Sparky” Dressen in 2007. “Night Jacket was the coolest horse,” said Dressen. “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’s first colt crop was in 2000 and from then until 2007 he produced 74 colts, 24 of which have been selected to buck at the Wrangler NFR. Those colts have accumulated 75 total WNFR qualifications. At the 2012 WNFR, there was $159,407 won on his 17 colts.
Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night, Night Jacket foals, have been two of the last three recipients of the Pendleton Whisky Let ’er Buck Bareback Horse of the Year Awards. Dirty Jacket finished third in last year’s balloting, and Delta Ship was twice been voted Wrangler NFR Bareback Horse of the Year. These outstanding bucking horses have won numerous awards from PRCA. At last year’s NFR, Delta Ship was the Bareback of the finals. Two of these colts hold the arena record at the WNFR, Delta Ship and Big Tex.
This was the FB post from Picket Pro Rodeo on July 31, 2013.
Night Jacket and his progeny have forever changed the rough stock world of bucking horses. His colts have continually impacted and moved our industry a giant leap forward. We are so very proud to have owned him, cared for him, and loved him. Our hat is off to Jim and Margaret Zinser for their dedication to their genetics and breeding program otherwise we would never have been able to experience everything Night Jacket had to offer. No doubt he was one of the special ones that will be greatly missed by so many in the rodeo community. Thanks so much for all if your support and look forward to seeing his legacy perform for the next decade!”