The sound of Hank Franzen shaking grain in his hand draws his horse, Khadafy Skoal, cautiously closer. Though Khadafy has bucked countless riders and helped others achieve fame, Hank is the only one he allows close enough to touch his face.
“We owe everything to him, and he owes nothing to us,” said Lori Franzen, who owns Powder River Rodeo Company with Hank. “He was the horse that started with the world titles, and those world titles give you contracts and open the doors for business.”
Retired at age 21 in 2004, Khadafy Skoal now spends his days roaming a patch of green grass near the Franzens’ ranch between Riverton and Pavillion, keeping watch over a herd of young colts and spending time with Frontier, another of the rodeo roughstock contractors’ horses who traveled and competed with Khadafy since age 4.
“They do not go away from one another,” Lori added. “They’re pals.”
As far as bucking horses go, Khadafy is one of the most distinguished ever. With three Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association bareback riding horse of the year titles to his name, as well as numerous other awards, Khadafy will most likely be remembered as one of the greatest of all time.
“He was so electric,” Hank said. “He just loved what he did.”
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