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post #1 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Today the Barrel Racing industry lost one of the greatest

Sadly today one of the greatest barrel horses of all time is now racing in greenier pastures....

RIP Scamper!
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 03:36 PM
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Thats is so sad. I loved watching that horse run. He was truly one of the greatest. Him and Bozo have always been my favorites.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 03:52 PM
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Seems like a lot of the greats are passing. Smart Chick Olena went last month as well.

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post #4 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 03:58 PM
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I agree with Nuala, seems like a lot of greats have passed lately.

RIP Scamper

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post #5 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 04:10 PM
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Hard to believe he was 35 year old. What a grand old horse.
My thoughts are with Charmayne today.
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 04:28 PM
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This is so awful..I can't imagine the shape Charmayne is in..

We have lost a lot of the greats this year..Roxy is another that absolutely made an impression on the entire horse world, I was absolutely shocked when I heard she had to be PTS..

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-04-2012, 04:53 PM
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Found this on BHN

"Gills Bay Boy, known the world over as “Scamper,” passed away peacefully to greener pastures on the morning of July 4, 2012. Perhaps appropriately, he chose the date of a joyous holiday to leave this earth—a day of celebration fit for the life of a horse that was, in and of himself, a gift. Foaled in 1977, Scamper was one of the most iconic figures in the equine industry, dominating the barrel racing ranks from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1993. The gelded son of Gills Sonny Boy out of the mare Drapers Jay was in good health to the end, immaculately cared for by his constant companion Charmayne James.
“What a gift he was,” says James. “It’s sad that he is gone but what life he had. It’s something to be celebrated.”

Words fail to adequately describe Scamper’s iconic career but amazing, incredible and stoic all come to mind. Scamper is easily defined by his performance record, which was perfect. Achieving 10 world championships in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, he teamed with James to earn National Finals Rodeo average titles in 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1993. The duo won an incredible 10 RodeoHouston titles and countless circuit and major rodeo championships on their way to earnings of well over $1 million.

Together Scamper and Charmayne defined an era in rodeo and their famous round-winning bridle less ride perhaps best epitomizes the relationship between horse and rider; a one-in-a-million partnership that was loyal and true to the end. Defying all odds, the unassuming bay raced his way into the hearts of millions, taking a shy ranch girl from Clayton, N.M. with him. From feedlot pony to equine legend, Scamper’s conformation, attitude and mental and physical toughness endeared him to the public. His smooth-as-glass style coupled with great speed made him a formidable horse for the competition to face.

Scamper was 35 when he was laid to rest at the ranch in Boerne, Texas."



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Roxy, Pepto Spoonful, Hickstead, Smart Chic Olena...Now Scamper too... If this year gets any darker I may just cry.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-05-2012, 12:46 AM
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It's almost scary..I was talking to Poseidon earlier on the phone and we both are like "Who's next?"..

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post #10 of 17 Old 07-05-2012, 12:57 AM
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Roxy, Pepto Spoonful, Hickstead, Smart Chic Olena...Now Scamper too... If this year gets any darker I may just cry.
Stacy W has had a hell of a year, what with Roxy going and Vaquero shortly after.

I've never been very informed on the barrel front, but Scamper was one horse I did recognize and enjoy watching run.

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