The immortal Scooter—Oklahoma Top Hat, as he was registered with the American Quarter Horse Association—is profiled on the March 21 episode of The Score, through the voice of the man who campaigned him over 11 years in ProRodeo competition: Charles Pogue.
Scooter won a record six PRCA/AQHA Head Horse of the Year titles and appeared at 10 National Finals Rodeos with Pogue aboard. A 1984 son of the great Oklahoma Fuel and out of Winners Doll by Win Or Lose, Scooter died at age 17 in 2001.
“Scooter could melt off down to the speed of the steer, just like, instantly,” Pogue said. “It was easy to get everything tight and get a steer’s head turned quick. Other horses can really run, but it might take them another stride to get gathered up and turned off.”
In this episode of The Score, Pogue talks about how he learned to ride Scooter and what truly set the horse apart from the pack.
About “The Score”: The Score is The Team Roping Journal’s semi-weekly podcast, highlighting the team roping industry’s top talents and influencers through stories that inspire and connect ropers. Host Chelsea Shaffer sits down with ropers from the professional ranks as well as industry icons and producers to delve into topics that make the team roping world tick. Season 2 will feature even deeper interviews, storytelling and issue-based coverage.
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