JS Frosty Badger is the 2022 Nutrena Steer Roping Horse of the Year

JS Frosty Badger is the 2022 Nutrena Steer Roping Horse of the Year

"Goose" is the horsepower behind Scott Snedecor.

Man in pale green shirt riding sorrel horse in the steer roping.

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By Lane Karney and Kendra Santos

Scott Snedecor is a four-time world champion steer roper who ended his 21st National Finals Steer Roping in fourth place. He did it from the back of JS Frosty Badger, aka “Goose,” and gives most of the credit to the 13-year-old bay speedster, who was voted the 2022 Nutrena Steer Roping Horse of the Year, presented by AQHA.

“Without Goose, I’m just another steer roper,” says Scott, who is from Fredericksburg, Texas, and who at 47 was leading the pack heading into the November 4-5 NFSR in Mulvane, Kansas. “I’d say he’s 80 percent of my success. You have to have a horse that helps separate you, because so many guys rope so good these days. Without a good horse, you’re just spinning your wheels.”

Goose is a 2009 bay gelding by San Zero Quixote and out of Miss Black Frosty by Stage Bar Ted, bred by Jeri Lynn Still of Longton, Kansas. Scott bought Goose from Oklahoma steer roper Shorty Garten in the spring of 2021. Shorty, who’s 65, had been competing on Goose in senior steer roping events. At 15.1 hands and 1,260 pounds, this big boy is all there. 

“He gets around like a small horse, scores great and can really run,” Scott says. “He just wants to please, and he never gets in my way. Goose is a friendly horse to be around. I can stick a kid or anyone on him and know he’ll take care of them. Goose is just easy to get along with. He’s easy to shoe, and he eats and drinks good on the road. He could have made a great barrel horse, team roping horse or big calf horse, because he has all the tools and the mind to go with them. He’s just an outstanding athlete.

“Goose is great everywhere, and I like the Mulvane setup for both of us, because I like to go fast,” Scott says. “Goose fits in wherever we go, and I’ve ridden him at dang near every rodeo I’ve been to this year. He has worked when it’s dry, muddy, on the grass, long scores, short scores, you name it. It’s a great honor for the cowboys to pick my horse as the Horse of the Year.” Horses of the Year are determined by a vote of the top 25 contestants in each timed event. 

“This year has been easier for me because I have this horse. I went to a few more rodeos, because riding Goose made it fun. I enjoyed it when I was the young guy trying to hang with the older guys. Now I’m the old guy trying to hang with the younger guys. I love to compete, and I love to win, and Goose and I didn’t get skunked very many places this year.”

Goose is the second Horse of the Year Scott has ridden. Olee Roberto – aka “Major” – took back-to-back honors in 2013-14. Like Goose, Major scored like a statue and could flat fly.

Rejuvenated by the wings Goose has given him, Scott earned the 2022 Texas ProRodeo Circuit all-around title, with some tie-down and team roping earnings added to the majority won in his signature event. He has earned well over $1.5 million in his rodeo career, and with Scott, the conversation always circles back to the horses.

“Anybody who plays this game knows that horsepower is the majority of it,” he says. “You can’t show up on a donkey at a horse show and expect to win. Too many guys today are too talented for anyone to have a chance on his own. The horses make the difference. A little horsemanship and horsepower go a long way. Strong horsepower has always been the key to my success. And the older I get, the more horsepower I need.”

Mike Chase’s PC Thisdudesgottagun, aka “Shooter,” was second in this year’s Steer Roping Horse of the Year voting. Bryce Davis’s Krogs Hickory, aka “Pete,” finished third.