Chuckulator, the great eight-year-old bay stallion bred by Sutton Rodeos Inc. out of Justin Boots and Midnight Star, was voted the top saddle bronc horse at the December 6-15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It marked the first time in eight years that a saddle bronc horse has won a PRCA Top Bucking Stock award, presented by Pendleton Whisky, and the Wrangler NFR honor in the same year and just the seventh time in the 54-year history of the NFR.
Kesler Championship Rodeo’s Cool Alley Dip was the last saddle bronc horse to sweep both awards in 2004, the year that Billy Etbauer equaled the NFR record of 93 points he had set on Cool Alley Dip the year before. There was no such record breaking with Chuckulator. He bucked off Cody Taton in the fifth round and Bradley Harter in the ninth to get the voters’ attention.
The other Wrangler NFR Top Stock Awards went to Frontier Rodeo’s Full Baggage in the bareback riding – the second such award in three years – and to Powder River Rodeo’s Shepherd Hills Tested in the bull riding. Full Baggage was the 2011 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year and finished second to Carr Pro Rodeo’s MGM Deuces Night in this year’s regular-season awards balloting.