Capper Bids Farewell to Jesse


Pamela Capper

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Kenneth Springer

By WPRA Office

Pamela Capper qualified for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2016 aboard her 15-year old brown mare Sheza Smooth Flight "Jesse," and won the first round in a time of 13.75 seconds and went on to place in three other rounds. They would finish the year ranked sixth in the world after amassing $171,966 in earnings.

Unfortunately as Capper was getting ready for a busy summer run, she had to make a decision no horse owner looks forward to when they have to say goodbye to one of their beloved mounts. The following was posted to Pamela Capper's Facebook page on June 10.

photoPamela Capper and Jesse

A person doesn't know what each day may bring or the path the Lord has planned for our lives.

Last Monday, I had to make the tough decision to say goodbye to my beloved Jesse. The veterinarians diagnosed she was bleeding internally. All efforts were made to stop it, but surgery would not have been successful.

Jesse was such a large part of our family. When Jesse was born, I knew she was going to be great. Barrel racing came naturally to her and she loved competing. Jesse always did her best, despite what pain may have been bothering her. She had the heart of a champion, and took me to heights I would have never imagined.

photoPamela Capper and Jesse
Photo by Kenneth Springer

Thanks to her, I got the opportunity to travel to rodeos all over this beautiful country we live in. Jesse excelled at both big outdoor arenas as well as smaller indoor pens. Not many horses are equally good at both, so I was very blessed. She was an amazing athlete & her and I shared a bond that was indescribable.

Jesse was taken from our family too soon, but I thank God that I was able to get her home to rest in peace in the place she was born. Jesse forever changed my life for the better.