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HENDERSON, Texas – Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s brand has something special that comes with it.
Maybe it’s in the animal athletes that carry the brand so proudly. They’re animals like Dirty Jacket, Deuces Night, Big Tex, River Boat Annie, Real Deal, Half Nutz and Poker Face – all PRCA champions that have carried world champions to pay windows and gold buckles.
Maybe it’s the crew, which has nominees like Jeremy Willis, Sandy Gwatney or Clay Heger.
Maybe it’s the dozens of rodeos that lean on the talented Carr team, like the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, Okla., the four-time reigning Small Rodeo of the Year. The committee is like so many of the others that have been recognized as the best in the business through their own nominations – San Angelo, Texas; Pecos, Texas; Stephenville, Texas; Eagle, Colo.; Bridgeport, Texas; Nacogdoches, Texas; Lovington, N.M.; Weatherford, Texas; and Crossett, Ark.
They all have trust in the Carr brand, and why not? Pete Carr is a five-time nominee for PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year, and he and his team will produce the Black Gold Stampede, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18-Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Rusk County Expo Center.
“I take great pride in having the best staff in rodeo,” Carr said. “Not only are they some of the hardest-working people you’ll ever meet, they are true professionals who not only car about their jobs but also care about the sport of rodeo and the animals that such a vital part of our program.”
Those animals are pretty spectacular. Dozens of Carr bucking horses and bulls have been selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The animal athletes mixed with the amazing production team makes for some incredible rodeo action.
“I’ve known Pete since he first came around, and I’ve watched him grow his contracting company,” said Trey Benton III, the 2017 reserve world champion bull rider from Rock Island, Texas.
Those are just a few of the reasons Benton competes at Carr rodeos. In San Angelo, Texas, earlier this year, he rode Air Marshal for 90.5 points to finish as the runner-up in the opening round, then followed that with a 90-point ride on Jay Z in the final round to win the championship.
He’s been on his fair share of top-quality Pete Carr bucking bulls.
“Pete’s herd has always treated me right everywhere I’ve been,” he said. “Whenever you’re 90 twice at one rodeo, it’s incomparable to anything else. You’ve got to have the bull that gets those points. If the bull gets 45 points, then I’ve got to be 45 on my end to make it to 90.
“That says a lot about the kind of animals Pete has. Then you add the fact that he’s got so many famous bucking horses to go with his good bulls. Every stock contractor has famous horses, but I don’t know of any that have as many as Pete has.”
Whether they’ve bucked at the Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo, the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo or the NFR, the Carr brand has been well represented all across the country.
It’s not just the Bareback Horses of the Year – Real Deal in 2005, Big Tex in 2010, Deuces Night in 2012 or Dirty Jacket in 2014-15 – or River Boat Annie’s reserve title; the Carr team is represented by a large herd of world-class athletes and a team of talented individuals that put it all together, one rodeo at a time.