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Web Posted: 02/01/2007 11:33 PM CST John Whisler Express-News ATHENS — For most people, six months of recurring double vision would be a cause for alarm. Not barrel-racing legend Charmayne James. She wouldn't have it any other way. Seeing double has become part of her daily routine. It flares up every morning when she heads to the show barn on her 100-acre horse farm in East Texas, and again every evening when she completes her rounds. In a corner stall stands Clayton, a prized foal born Aug. 8 on a ranch in Boerne. The bay-colored colt is the mirror image of another horse dear to James' heart — Scamper, a 30-year-old gelding James rode to a record 10 consecutive world barrel-racing titles from 1984 to 1993.
By Stephanie L. Church, Horse.com November 15th, 2006 The genes of another champion gelding will be available in just a few years for producing future generations of equine athletes. Scientists have produced a clone from the cells of legendary barrel racing horse Scamper. A colt that has matching DNA — and thus the same genetic potential for excellence as the 29-year-old veteran athlete — was born on Aug. 8 in Boerne, Texas. The colt joins several other clones of champion geldings that have been born since April 2005 and are intended to pass on the genetic material of their donor horses. Scamper’s owner and rider, Charmayne James, met the horse when she was 11 and the horse was considered unrideable.
Lubbock, Texas My first weekend at the NFR was the first overnight trip away from my 2 ½ year old son, Tyler. We both survived a few tears. While in Vegas I made appearances for some of my sponsors Rockies, Circle M Trailers, Professionals Choice and Cactus Saddlery. I signed autographs and took pictures with some of my fans. I want to thank all my fans for there support; if it wasn’t for you, rodeo would be nothing. Experienced horsewomen and ranchers, mothers and daughters, and career-oriented young women made up the list of barrel racers attending the clinic in Lubbock, Texas. Also participating were enthusiastic and fearless young girls whose hard and fast runs were reminiscent of Charmayne’s