PRCA announces Bucking Stock of the Year awards
A familiar champion, a repeat winner and a shared title are among the highlights of the 2008 PRCA Stock of the Year awards.
The winners, voted on by the top 30 contestants in each event as of Sept. 1, were announced Oct. 13. The awards will be presented to the stock contractors Dec. 3 at the PRCA Awards Banquet at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. The banquet is held in conjunction with the annual PRCA Convention, Dec. 1-4.
Bucking horse Grated Coconut, owned by Calgary Stampede, topped the bareback riding category. The stallion won for a third consecutive time and the fifth time overall.
The honor ties the achievement by Bernis Johnson’s Sippin’ Velvet, a five-time bareback horse of the year and member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, who won titles in 1978, from 1983-84 and 1986-87.
Descent, the great saddle bronc of Beutler Brothers and Cervi Rodeo, holds the overall PRCA record with six Saddle Bronc of the Year titles in the 1960s and 1970s.
Flying Five Rodeo Company’s Miss Amerititle, who will be honored posthumously, finished second in the voting, while Classic Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex rounded out the top three bareback horses.
It was the second straight win for Beutler & Son Rodeo Company bull Voodoo Child. Flying U Rodeo Company’s Troubadour placed second in the PRCA Bull of the Year voting, and Warzone, owned by Corey & Horst Rodeo Company, finished third.
In the saddle bronc riding, Cool Alley from the Kesler Championship Rodeo string shared top honors with Burch Rodeo Company’s Blood Brother.
A versatile talent, Cool Alley was voted Bareback Riding Horse of the Year in 2001 and Saddle Bronc Riding Horse of the Year in 2004. It was the first honor for Blood Brother.
“I have a lot of respect for both of those horses,” said six-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Dan Mortensen of Billings, MT, of Blood Brother and Cool Alley. “I’ve been on both of them four times and am 2-and-2 on both of them. They’re both really good horses, but they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum. Blood Brother’s a little horse, and Cool Alley is a great, big horse. With Cool Alley, you can have really good timing with that horse, but she is just huge and super powerful. There is really no timing with Blood Brother because he’s doing something different with every jump.”
Wyoming’s Miss Congeniality rounded out the top three. The Powder River Rodeo mare was voted saddle bronc riding Horse of the Year in 2005 and 2007 before taking third place this year.
Later this week, the AQHA/PRCA Horses of the Year will be announced in steer wrestling, team roping (heading and heeling), tie-down roping and steer roping.