Gills Bay Boy, known to most of us as SCAMPER.

 

Scamper (horse) - Wikipedia

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 Breed registry registration papers. Initially, the horse was prone to buck at the lope. Ultimately, the pair qualified for the National Finals Rodeo finals in Barrel racing for the first time when James was 14. The pair 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 to 1993. After a record 10 straight WPRA World Championships, Scamper was semi-retired from competition before being fully retired a few years later.

 

Scamper
Breed American Quarter Horse
Discipline Barrel racing
Sire Gills Sunny Boy
Grandsire Sonny Gill
Dam Draper's Jay
Maternal grandsire Headed West
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1977
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Walter Merrick
Honors
National Finals Rodeo barrel racing championship, with rider Charmayne James, 1984–1992; Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame; AQHA Silver Spur Award.

Gills Bay Boy (1977 – 4 July 2012), nicknamed "Scamper", was a bay American Quarter Horse gelding. He became notable for his success in barrel racing competition. Barrel racer Charmayne James rode Scamper from 1984 to 1993 in the National Finals Rodeo, with the pair winning the WPRA World Championship ten years in a row, from 1984 through 1993. After being retired from competition, he was cloned. The clone, nicknamed "Clayton", has been kept a stallion and stands at stud. Scamper died on July 4, 2012, at the age of 35.

Career

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. The pair 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 to 1993. After a record 10 straight WPRA World Championships, Scamper was semi-retired from competition before being fully retired a few years later.

The Legendary Gills Bay Boy, aka “Scamper” Passes - Barrel Horse News

Together Scamper and Charmayne defined an era in rodeo and their famous round-winning bridle less ride perhaps best epitomizes the relationship between horse and rider; a one-in-a-million partnership that was loyal and true to the end. Defying all odds, the unassuming bay raced his way into the hearts of millions, taking a shy ranch girl from Clayton, N.M. with him. From feedlot pony to equine legend, Scamper’s conformation, attitude and mental and physical toughness endeared him to the public. His smooth-as-glass style coupled with great speed made him a formidable horse for the competition to face.

Scamper was 35 when he was laid to rest at the ranch in Boerne, Texas.

 

Scamper and Charmayne’s Achievements

1984 - $53,499

Rodeo Houston champion

WPRA Rookie of the Year

Wrangler Series champion

Dodge Series champion

NFR champion

WPRA World Champion

1985 - $93,847

Rodeo Houston champion

Coors Chute Out champion

Winston Pro Tour champion

Wrangler Series champion

Dodge Series champion

WPRA World Champion

1986 - $151,969

Rodeo Houston champion

Turquoise Circuit champion

Leading Money Earner in Professional Rodeo

Coors Chute Out champion

Winston Series champion

Winston Pro Tour champion

Wrangler Series champion

Dodge Series champion

NFR champion

WPRA World Champion

1987 - $120,002

Rodeo Houston champion

James became the first woman to wear back No. 1 into the NFR

Coors Barrel Racing champion

Coors Chute Out champion

Wrangler Series champion

NFR champion

WPRA World Champion

 

1988 - $130,540

Rodeo Houston champion

1988 Calgary Olympics, Gold Medal Team

Coors Chute Out champion

Dodge Series champion

WPRA World Champion

 

1989 - $96,651

Rodeo Houston champion

Coors Chute Out champion

Dodge Series champion

AQHA Horse of the Year

Sierra Circuit champion

NFR champion

WPRA World Champion

 

1990 - $130,328

Charmayne crosses the million-dollar milestone

Coors Chute Out champion

Dodge Series champion

AQHA Horse of the Year

Wrangler Series champion

Copenhagen/Skoal Series champion

NFR champion

WPRA World Champion

 

1991 - $92,403

Rodeo Houston champion

Coors Chute Out champion

Dodge Series champion

Crown Royal season winner

Wrangler World of Rodeo champion

Sierra Circuit champion

AQHA Horse of the Year

WPRA World Champion

 

1992 - $110,867

Rodeo Houston champion

Charmayne inducted to National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

Calgary Stampede champion

Crown Royal season winner

WPRA World Champion

 

1993 - $103,609

Rodeo Houston champion

Crown Royal season winner

Dodge Series champion

NFR champion

WPRA World Champion