Ultimately Fabulous- The Future Looks Fabulous
Grand Junction, Colorado has beautiful scenery and one gorgeous bay stallion in its midst. Ultimately Fabulous, or known as Jack to those that love him, also calls this place home. Brian Henry took one look at this boy and was completely sold the moment they hit play on his sale video.
Jack was foaled in 2009, and was sold as a three year old ready to show. And as we all know with horses, accidents happen. Jack unfortunately sustained an injury that resulted in a 100% tear of his right rear exterior tendon. He had surgery and was rehabbed from the injury.
Brian was approached by a fellow trainer who thought they would be interested in Jack for their own breeding program. Curious, Brain watched Jack’s lunge line video where it showed him moving effortlessly across the ground- almost like he was floating! Immediately Brian said yes and bought him with the thought of using him just for their own band of broodmares.
With no intention of what was to come, they got Jack home and decided to throw a saddle on him. To their surprise, Jack was a perfect gentleman and to top it off, he was sound! They put 10 rides on Jack and decided to take him to an AQHA show where he won the Green and the Senior Hunter Under Saddle classes unanimously while also qualifying for the AQHA World Show all in the same weekend! How unbelievable. Brain couldn’t believe it, and they had very little idea what they had in Jack until that weekend.
After the epic weekend, they sent Jack off to Walsh Quarter Horses in Montrose, Colorado. Penny Walsh absolutely fell in love with him, and he took to his job at the Stallion Station quickly. They sent DNA out to get his 6 Panel tested and for his color markings. To their surprise he came back 6 Panel NN and homozygous black, so no red headed babies from Jack. Brian says they were thrilled with the results and Penny urged to send him back into the show pen.
After much discussion, it was decided that Jack would be heading to the very talented Mr. Julian Harris to prepare him for them. Jullian did an incredible job with Jack and they again qualified for the 2017 AQHA World Show. Jack went on to win the Bronze Trophy in the Limited Senior Hunter Under Saddle with Shannon Gillespie. After the NSBA World’s, Jullian, Tim, and Shannon all worked together to prepare Jack for the All American Quarter Horse Congress. There Jack went on to place 11th overall out of 124 entries in the Green Hunter Under Saddle. And that’s when they knew it was time to bring Jack home to start breeding mares and really start to promote him as a stallion.
Jack’s first foal crop hit the ground, and the team is super excited about them. In 2018, they took four yearlings down the road and won 5 WORLD and RESERVE WORLD TITLES. And it’s funny- as Jack’s foals are hitting the ground, people are asking where all the white is coming from. So with all the genetic testing becoming more and more evolved, they decided to send off another sample. The results were astounding! Jack carries the W20 gene which he will pass on to 50% of his foals. Brian and the team were ecstatic to know this because the industry seems to be turning to the double registered stock, and the breeders trying for both are just as ecstatic as the team! It’s just another piece to help breeders achieve their goals of getting color on their babies.
Click here to learn more about the W20 gene.
The up and coming two year olds are getting ready to make their debuts and just getting under saddle. They all look to be promising. One particular foal, an up and coming APHA yearling by the name Fabulous Swagger is one of the favorites, and will be starting in the yearling events. Brian says this yearling is absolutely stunning to look at and is incredible legged.
On top of the great legs, and lovely spots, Jack seems to passing on his gorgeous, dishy head and his gentle disposition. As an example, the babes adore humans from the moment they hit the ground. And as surprising as it seems, Jack enjoys his winters! When they clean stalls, Jack gets to enjoy a full bucket of snow that he happily eats! What a hoot!
This stallion sure is a looker, and Brian says the hardest part is trying to promote a young up and coming stallion without drowning the market with advertising. Their plan is to continue standing Jack to the public and keep praying he stays healthy and happy doing his job. I gotta say, that is one Ultimately Fabulous stud.
You can find Jack here.