Scamper and Charmayne James
Barrel racing champion Charmayne James announced on her website this week that her beloved horse, Gills Bay Boy—better known as Scamper—passed away peacefully on the morning of July 4, 2012. The American Quarter Horse gelding was 35.
Scamper also won 10 world’s championship titles in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, and with him, James became barrel racing’s first million-dollar rider. The gelding, trained by Charmayne herself, was noted for the length of his career in a sport where horses rarely stay at the top of their game for so many years.
He enjoyed a long retirement at James’s Texas ranch.
Scamper’s memory will live on in an unorthodox way: James already has a clone of her legendary mount. Clayton, as the horse is known, is genetically identical to Scamper, but was left ungelded and is standing at stud. While the American Quarter Horse Association does not register clones or their offspring, Clayton’s foals will be eligible for barrel racing competitions on the open circuits.
Scamper is also immortalized in a bronze sculpture commissioned in 2000 by the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
Wow, 35! That is a great old age. What a tribute to a wonderful horse.
What a touching story.
wow thats like a once in a life time horse!!! thats very sad tho. that he died:(
what a long and productive life for a magnificant horse
Scamper was a horse that comes along “once” in a lifetime. He was loved by his owner and the rest of the horse world.
Rest in Peace Scamper as you cross the Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for many years of enjoying you and your rider compete.
Scamper lived a long life and was taken good care of.
Scamper may the wind forever blow thru your mane,and the beauty of a sunrise shine between your ears,as the heavens are now beneath your hoofs.Run wild and play free, you are much more than a memory,you are a legacy.
You have my condolesces on your loss.