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Scamper (horse)

<tr><th>Discipline:</th><td>Barrel racing</td></tr> <tr><th scope="col" colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">Honors</th></tr><tr><td colspan="2" style="text-align:center;">National Finals Rodeo barrel racing championship, with rider Charmayne James, 1984-1992; Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame; AQHA Silver Spur Award.</td></tr><tr style="font-size:80%; font-weight:lighter; text-align:center; color:#555;"><td colspan="2">Horse infobox last updated on: August 18, 2009.</td></tr>

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Breed: American Quarter Horse
Sire: Gills Sunny Boy

<tr><th>Grandsire:</th><td>Sonny Gill</td></tr>

Dam: Draper's Jay

<tr><th>Maternal grandsire:</th><td>Headed West</td></tr>

Gender: Gelding
Foaled: 1977
Country: United States
Color: Bay
Breeder: Walter Merrick
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Gills Bay Boy (foaled 1977), nicknamed "Scamper", is a bay American Quarter Horse gelding. He became notable for his success in barrel racing competition. Barrel racer Charmayne James rode Scamper from 1984-1993 in the National Finals Rodeo, with the pair winning the WPRA World Championship ten years in a row, from 1984 through 1993. Since being retired from competition, Scamper is still alive as of 2009, and he has been cloned. The clone, nicknamed "Clayton", has been kept a stallion and stands at stud.


Charmayne James and her father bought Scamper from a feed lot when James was 12. He was given the name "Scamper" before James got his registration papers. Initially the horse was prone to buck at the lope. Ultimately, the pair qualified for the NFR finals in barrel racing for the first time when James was 14, and they won the event even though Scamper's bridle broke during one of their runs. The two ended up winning the WPRA World Championship every year from 1984-1993. After a record 10 straight WPRA World Championships he was semi-retired from competition before being fully retired a few years later.

Endorsements and Retirement

A feed company has endorsed James and Scamper, renaming a feed after the horse. Because he is a gelding and as such cannot reproduce, James made the decision to clone Scamper. The animal genetics corporation Viagen performed the cloning, and the ensuing foal, nicknamed Clayton, was born in 2006, kept a stallion and now stands at stud.[1] Because the AQHA does not accept cloned animals for registry, Clayton and his offspring cannot be registered. However, breed registration is not required for horses to compete in barrel racing or other rodeo events.[1]


  • James, Charmayne. Charmayne James on Barrel Racing. Western Horseman Books, 1st Ed. 2005, ISBN 978-0911647761


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