Written by Devon Boen
A Percheron is a draft horse that originated in the Huisne Valley of northern France. A draft horse is a large horse bred for heavy work.
No wonder the Wolf Point Wild Horse Stampede’s major act featuring Percheron draft horses is aptly called Percheron Thunder.
The sturdy horses can weigh up to 2,600 pounds and are known for their strength and muscularity.
The Percheron Thunder Act is a one-man, six-horse show. Jason Goodman, of Fort Collins, Colo., has been Roman riding with six black draft horses since 2006.
He has performed his act at the National Finals Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Reno Rodeo and the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo.
Percheron Thunder has also been recognized as one of the top five specialty acts three different times by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.
Goodman hopes his artful performances change common perception about draft horses, notes the Percheron Thunder website.
“A lot of people have this perception of a draft horse as being a lumbering animal. They don't know how fast and athletic these animals can be. Besides that, a lot of people have never seen how these horses can work together,” the website said.
Goodman’s talented horses are named Bud, Hank, Pilot, Titan, Rock and Duke and range in weight from 1,900 to 2,200 pounds.
Goodman and his thundering equine counterparts should not be missed at this year’s Wild Horse Stampede. Check out the acclaimed high-energy performance each night of the rodeo, July 11-13, at Marvin Brookman Stadium.