Star Plaudit

Star Plaudit (1948–c. 1970) nicknamed Red was a rodeo stock horse who excelled in steer wrestling and barrel racing. He was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2015.[1] He was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2017.[2]

Star Plaudit
BreedQuarter Horse
DisciplineBarrel racing
Died1970 (aged 21–22)
CountryUnited States
OwnerSherry Combs Johnson
ProRodeo Hall of Fame


Star Plaudit, nicknamed "Red", was born in 1948.[3] Red was a bay gelding.[4]

World champion barrel racer Sherry Combs Johnson first saw Red when her husband and his brother bought the horse together. Red was a steer wrestling horse. Red was 8 years old then. The brothers competed on him for a time, but then the Johnsons bought his brother out. Combs Johnson needed a barrel horse. Red took to barrel racing almost instantly. Combs Johnson believed that the steer wrestling pattern was responsible for his easy transition and ability to run hard without many mistakes. According to Combs Johnson, Red was also a very independent horse who did not care for human attention. But he did tolerate her best; perhaps like could be used.[4]


Red accomplished a feat in rodeo that no other horse has duplicated. He won two world championships and assisted in the winning in another in one year. First, he carried his owner Combs Johnson to a barrel racing world championship.[4] Then he carried her friend and hall of famer Tom Nesmith[5] to a Rodeo Cowboys Association (now known as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) steer wrestling world championship. Last, he assisted Nesmith in winning the all-around world championship. The year was 1962. "He was one of those once in a lifetime horses", said Johnson." For his early years, he competed in both events at most rodeos. After Combs Johnson was divorced, then Red was strictly hers and strictly a barrel horse.[4][6][2]

Death and legacyEdit

Combs Johnson retired Red when he was 18 years old. She let her daughter Becky ride Red in his retirement. Sometime after he had been in her pasture a few years, she sent Red to a family friend, whose young daughter kept Red in the front yard and rode him. It was a tough decision for her, one where she asked the new owners not to tell her when Red died. "Of course, I cried when they finally told me", she admits.[4] Red is buried in Bryan, Texas.[2]

Red died when he was 22 years of age.[7]


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  1. ^ "Inductees". Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Star Plaudit "Red"". ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Star Plaudit Quarter Horse". All Breed Pedigree. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "ProRodeo Hall of Fame Inductee - Star Plaudit "Red"". Women's Professional Rodeo Association. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tom Nesmith". ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "WPRA History on Display at ProRodeo Hall of Fame". Women's Professional Rodeo Association. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame History". Barrel Horse News. January 16, 2018. Retrieved October 15, 2019.

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