It the roughstock end of the arena, a familiar champion, a repeat winner and a shared title highlight the 2008 PRCA Bucking Stock of the Year awards.
The winners, voted on by the top 30 contestants in each event as of Sept. 1, included bareback horse Grated Coconut, who won for the fifth time.
The honor for the Calgary Stampede’s stallion ties the achievement by Bernis Johnson’s Sippin’ Velvet, a five-time bareback horse of the year and member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, who won titles in 1978, 1983-84 and 1986-87.
Descent, the great saddle bronc of Beutler Brothers and Cervi Rodeo, holds the overall PRCA record with six Saddle Bronc of the Year titles in the 1960s and 1970s.
In the bull riding, Beutler & Son Rodeo Company’s Voodoo Child won for the second consecutive year. The bull was ridden once in the PBR for 94.5 points by Justin McBride and averaged a 23.14 mark, out of 25, in 2008.
In the saddle bronc riding, Cool Alley from the Kesler Championship Rodeo string shared top honors with Burch Rodeo Company’s Blood Brother.
Cool Alley was voted Bareback Riding Horse of the Year in 2001 and Saddle Bronc Riding Horse of the Year in 2004. It was the first honor for Blood Brother.