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Big Tex, steer roper J. Tom Fisher’s main horse the past seven years, passed away Sept. 26. He was 20.
“He got some bad bacteria in his intestines and then it got in his blood stream, and he got a fever and wouldn’t eat or drink and went downhill really fast,” Fisher said. “He was only sick for about six days. I qualified on that horse for the NFSR (National Finals Steer Roping) seven years in a row, and a couple of years before that my brother, Vin, rode him a bunch. This year would have been Big Tex’s 10th appearance at the NFSR. As old as he was, he was working as good as he ever had.”
J. Tom gushed about Big Tex.
“He was the best horse I ever had, by far,” he said. “He just worked the same every time. His best quality was every time you drew a good steer you could always go win.”
Fisher last rode Big Tex at the Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up in mid-September, winning the second round on him with an 11.4-second time in his last competitive run.
“That was really cool to do that,” Fisher said.
Fisher placed in the last 19 rodeos he was aboard Big Tex.
J. Tom is headed to his ninth NFSR in Mulvane, Kan., Nov. 12-13, and he’s weighing his options about what horse he will compete on at the Kansas Star. Fisher is fifth in the PRCA | RAM World Standings.
“I won’t ever be able to replace Big Tex, but there are a couple horses of my dad’s (Dan) that I have ridden a little bit that he’s offered me to ride,” Fisher said. “Then, I have a roan horse that I bought this spring that I have been riding a little bit. His name is Freckles and he’s 16. I won Walla Walla, Wash., on him. I have a horse named Micah of my dad’s. He’s 16 and I rode him in Stephenville (Texas). We have about seven rodeos here in October, and I’m going to ride a few different horses and see what one will be the best fit for the NFSR.”
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