Khadafy Skoal Inducted Into Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame
Khadafy Skoal became the first Wyoming born-and-raised horse to be voted PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year in 1990 and went on to win the award twice more for Powder River Rodeo in 1995 and ’96. Starting in 1989, the blue roan gelding went to 16 consecutive NFRs and was voted Horse of the NFR in 1994, 1996 and 1999.
He also competed in 15 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeos (being named top bareback horse at the DNCFR a record five times) and 12 Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeos before being retired with his friend Skoal’s Frontier at the 2004 Wrangler NFR to the grassy fields of Riverton, Wyo., where he lives today at the age of 29.
Khadafy Skoal was present at the ceremony over the weekend, the first time an animal inductee has ever been on-site.
Hank Franzen, who with his wife, Lori, owns Powder River Rodeo said,
“He’s a showman,We went down and let him out and took some pictures. He knows what’s going on. He always loved it (the attention) When we gave $2,000 for him, we thought we were crazy. But the first time we bucked him, we knew that he was going to be special. But you never know how great a horse is until their career is over.”
Khadafy Skoal was joined in the Hall by Robert and Billy Etbauer,holders of a combined seven saddle bronc riding world championships,the late three-time world champion roughstock cowboy Frank Schneider, three-time NFR barrelman Jon Taylor, longtime rodeo administrator Hal Littrell and the Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup, which has nine times been named the PRCA Rodeo Committee of the Year.