Champion Barrel Racer Scamper Dead at 35

Scamper, the champion Quarter Horse barrel racing gelding who was cloned in 2006, died July 4 at rider Charmayne James' ranch in Boerne, Texas. He was 35 years old.

"What a gift he was," James said in a statement on her website. "It's sad that he is gone, but what life he had. It's something to be celebrated."

James' said Scamper "passed away peacefully," and no cause of death has yet been reported.

Scamper and James dominated barrel racing in the 1980s and early 1990s. Together they earned 10 consecutive world titles in the Women's Professional Rodeo Association and earned over $1 million throughout Scamper's career. Scamper was also the first barrel horse to be inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

After Scamper's retirement in 1993, James elected to clone the gelding to allow his genes to be passed on to future generations. The clone, Clayton, was born Aug. 6, 2006. Clayton entered stud in 2008 and currently stands at Buffalo Ranch in Weatherford, Texas.

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Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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