The names Kristie Peterson and Bozo (French Flash Hawk) may be synonymous with the past in barrel racing, but what they did for the future of the sport has proven to be insurmountable.
It’s easy to argue that the only bad thing about horses is they can’t live forever, and the barrel racing world felt the pain the day we all got word of the legend Bozo moving on to greener pastures. Bozo was a pioneer in transposing success from the futurities to the professional rodeo world. The horse out of Sun Frost and Casey’s Charm, who was bought humbly for $400, would become a legend. He was just a winner; it was as simple as that.
For eight years the Peterson’s and Bozo were on the professional rodeo trail and even though they were known for light travel, made themselves household names at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Calgary Stampede, the Dodge City Round Up, and the elusive National Finals Rodeo to name a few. In 1993 Kristie and Bozo made their first NFR and won their first world title of four in 1994. Bozo and Kristie placed in 10 consecutive rounds at the NFR in ’96-97 and won five straight average titles starting in ’94. The tougher the conditions the brighter Bozo shined. The horse rarely took a wrong step and was sound his whole career, unheard of in this era of barrel racing.
His success also contributed tremendously to his full brother, PC Frenchmans Hayday, and his half- brother, Frenchmans Guy’s, breeding careers that have become household names. Their progeny are some of the most sought out bloodlines in the performance horse industry.
This week’s Racer’s Edge is all about paying homage to Bozo and Kristie and telling their story of love, endurance, and success. Tune in Wednesday, July 20 to RFD-TV at 8:00 p.m. Eastern to ride along side us.