COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The storied stock contracting company Flying U Rodeo lost one of its top bucking horses, Against All Odds.
The multiple-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc horse passed away June 7 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 13.
“He had skin cancer that was on his lip and we had to treat him weekly,” said Flying U Rodeo’s Reno Rosser. “It just got to the point where his life was going to be miserable. It’s tough (him passing) because bucking horses are so hard to come by anymore. You can find a bucking bull around every corner, but bucking horses are hard to find, and saddle bronc horses on top of that. I have a whole field of bareback horses, but great saddle broncs are hard to find.”
Against All Odds was a great one for Flying U Rodeo Company. He most recently competed at the Wrangler NFR in 2015.
“He’s one of the top 10 horses we’ve had and considering we’ve been in business over 65 years that’s pretty good,” Rosser said.
Against All Odds was born in 2005 and enjoyed an eight-year career as a bucking horse.
“He was a small horse, but he could throw them off regardless the size of the cowboy,” Rosser said. “It is rare to see a horse that small in size have as much success as a bucking horse, which is why we named him “Against All Odds.” What he lacked in size, he made up with heart.”
According to a post on Flying U Rodeo Company’s Facebook page, it is estimated that cowboys won more than $300,000 on him over his career.
Against All Odds was buried June 7 at the Flying U Ranch in Marysville, Calif., where all the other past Flying U Rodeo Company’s livestock legends rest.
Courtesy of PRCA