Monday, July 19, 2010

Here's To The Grate One

On Sunday we had the opportunity to see history.  The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede retired one of the greatest bucking horses ever, G-65 - Grated Coconut.  With over 120 trips out he has really only worked 15 minutes in his career. 35% of that time the cowboy never made the 8 seconds. He had been a favorite of ours over the years.  We have watched him in the rodeo arena and also been able to see him in the breeding arena.  We have worked with Dr. Don Miller in our own embryo program.  Dr. Miller also works with the Calgary Stampede in their Born to Buck program.  He is responsible for the flushing of the mares and the semen collection on the stallions and bulls.  A few years ago when we were picking up one of our donor females, Grate Coconut was on site.  What a personality he has.  He is so calm and gentle and loves attention.  You would never guess that he is one of the rankest broncs ever raised.  Grated Coconut has many titles to his name. 

His achievements include Bareback Horse of the CS in 2002,2005,2006,2007 & 2009.  Canadian Champion in 2003,2004,2005,2007,2008,2009. World Champion in 2003,20042006,2007,2008 and 2009.  His mom Coconut Roll is still performing at the age of 17.  These animals love what they are bred and born to do. 
The Calgary Stampede honored him on their 2009 official poster.
We will certainly miss seeing him in the rodeo arena, but look forward to cheering on his offspring Mad Money, Mata Fact, and Majestic Rocket. 
Enjoy your retirement G-65. 
Thanks for all of the great rodeo moments.

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