Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey

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Bornc. 1987 (age 35–36)
Other namesPistol[1]
OccupationRodeo performer
Years activec. 1990-present
Height30 in (76 cm) [2]
RelativesKenny Petet (owner)

Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey (b. circa 1987) is a white-faced capuchin monkey known for riding a Border Collie at rodeos across the United States.[3]


Early life[edit]

Animal trainer Tommy Lucia purchased Whiplash as a baby from the widow of an animal enthusiast in Miami, Florida.[4] As Lucia raised the young monkey, he introduced him to balancing on a saddle, then to the family's dogs. Over time, the dogs became used to carrying the capuchin.[1]


Whiplash has been riding since age two and travels with Kenny Petet,[5] appearing at rodeos in North America and Europe.[6] Since 2004,[7] he has starred in a series of television advertisements for the fast-food chain Taco John's.[8] He has also appeared on ESPN,[9] Good Morning America, and The Today Show. On January 29, 2009, Whiplash was knighted in St. Paul, Minnesota, by the St. Paul Winter Carnival royalty at Tom Reid's Hockey City Pub near the Xcel Energy Center.[6][10]


  1. ^ a b Scott, Jesse (2003-07-15). "Monkey Business". Casper Star-Tribune.
  2. ^ Robbins, Kevin (2008-03-08). "Monkey business for this little fellow at rodeo". Austin American-Statesman.
  3. ^ Moore, Nancy (2007-07-20). "Whiplash rides again". Dallas Morning News. Whiplash, a capuchin monkey trained by Tommy Lucia of Weatherford, will ride his border collie steed and put on a sheepherding show starting this weekend...
  4. ^ Bunch, Joey (1987-01-18). "Stock Show: Prime time for primate". Denver Post.
  5. ^ "Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey moves to Cowboy Capital in Stephenville, Texas". Archived from the original on 2015-03-22.
  6. ^ a b Casstevens, David (2008-01-26). "Weatherford trainer dotes on his tiny star". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  7. ^ Reinan, John (2004-06-28). "Selling tacos is monkey business". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Taco John's, a longtime but low-profile presence in Minnesota's fast-food market, has launched a new TV campaign built around Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey.
  8. ^ Horwich, Jeff (2005-07-08). "Behind the scenes of 'Burrito Rider'". Minnesota Public Radio.
  9. ^ Littman, Margaret (2004-10-01). "Storyboard: Monkey See, Monkey Do". Chain Leader.
  10. ^ Walsh, Paul (2009-01-29). "Smallest Cowboy Knighted". Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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