Grated Coconut: Born to Buck

Credit: The Calgary Stampede

We are pleased to present the winners of our third annual Readers’ Choice Awards, honouring remarkable horses and horse people for their achievements and contributions to Canada’s horse industry.

Our sincere appreciation goes our generous Readers’ Choice Awards sponsor, Bucas, who graciously donated fabulous prizes to our winners. Thank you to everyone who nominated and helped make our Readers’ Choice Awards a success again this year.

Congratulations to our deserving winners.

The 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Winners Are (please read more at each link):
Grated Coconut: Born to Buck
Duane Latimer: Canada's Reining Royalty
Pippa Hodge: A driving force behind therapeutic riding in Canada
Karen Brain: Anything is possible
Hickstead: “He was the best horse in the world”
Eve Mainwaring: "A tremendous horsewoman"
Dianne Tidball: Matriarch of Thunderbird Show Park
Somebeachsomewhere: Racehorse of the Decade
Orion: A Remarkable Therapist
Bill desBarres: "A lifetime in the service of the horse"

Not many horses are fondly remembered for their ability to dump a rider in the dirt. But whether you’re for rodeo or against it, there’s no denying that Grated Coconut, one of the greatest bucking horses of all time, was a superstar.

Born in 1997, and bred by the Calgary Stampede as part of their “Born to Buck” breeding program, Grated Coconut’s pedigree is a who’s who of bucking horses. His sire, Wyatt Earp, who was inducted into the Canadian Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Hall of Fame, was National Finals

Rodeo (NFR) Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year in 1996 and 1997, and Canadian and NFR Rodeo Champion in 1997 and 1998. Grated Coconut’s dam, Coconut Roll, has been a frequent champion at the Calgary Stampede, earning over $800,000 for her riders over the course of her bucking career. She is also the mother of several other successful bucking horses.

With his champion bloodlines, Grated Coconut’s greatness as a bucking horse was all but guaranteed, and despite his friendly, affectionate demeanor on the ground, as soon as he entered the chute, the 1600 pound stallion was all business.

A true athlete, Grated Coconut’s powerful, whirlwind bucks unseated many a seasoned cowboy and made him a favourite amongst rodeo riders. He was a four-time Canadian Champion, won six World Championships, and was six-time Canadian Bucking Horse of the Year. From 2002 until his final competition in the fall of 2009, he was bucked 112 times. During that time he carried 25 cowboys to win first, or a share of first, and on his back Davey Shields, Jr. earned a score of 95, and the $50,000 first prize at the 2005 Calgary Stampede.

Grated Coconut retired from rodeo work in 2010 and is now a Calgary Stampede foundation stallion, breeding with mares at pasture on the 22,000 acre Calgary Stampede Ranch to produce the next generation of bucking horse champions. Mad Money is a particularly successful Grated Coconut daughter, setting an arena record in 2010 with a 91 score.

“Grated Coconut’s offspring are the type of horses the cowboys love to draw and ride,” says Keith Marrington, Calgary Stampede Senior Manager. Now it is up to “the ‘Grate’ one’s” sons and daughters to carry on his legacy.

Main article photo: Courtesy of The Calgary Stampede - Grated Coconut’s athletic bucks have landed many a seasoned bronc rider in the dirt.

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