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WEATHERFORD, Texas – For decades, the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo has been recognized as one of the best.
It’s something that brings pride to the community of 30,000, and this is rodeo week in Weatherford. The action will take place beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 5-Saturday, June 9, at the Parker County Sheriff’s Posse Arena.
“I think what makes this rodeo special is that we’re still a rodeo town,” said Shane Harris, a longtime member of the sheriff’s posse’s rodeo committee. “The posse was formed in 1947 by 13 farmers and ranchers and an attorney. What they had in mind was keeping our Western heritage alive here in Parker County. To this day, I still believe it is something we do.”
It all kicks off with Tuesday night’s Xtreme Bulls, which features the best bull riders in ProRodeo. It will conclude with four nights of world-class rodeo, featuring world champion cowboys and cowgirls all matching their skills against Wrangler National Finals Rodeo veterans and other up-and-coming stars.
“We’ve got a new breed of people who live here, but we still have a rodeo connection,” Harris said. “Our numbers keep growing every year. Our crowd keeps getting bigger, our entries keep getting bigger and our sponsors list is still growing.
“Along with Pete Carr and his bunch, I think we put on one of the best rodeos around.”
It’s true, and it’s a true testament to the hard work that goes on to plan such a marquee event. Just a few years ago, the community was introduced to the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls. Now it’s a big part of rodeo week in Parker County.
“With the bulls that are brought in for that thing and the class of rider we get, there are some really good rides that take place,” Harris said. “I think it’s the NASCAR event of rodeo. I think the crowd likes to see the spills. The stock is tremendous. Those animals are true athletes, and that’s said for Xtreme Bulls and the rodeo.”
That’s a big part of what is the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo package. Carr features many of the top bucking horses and bulls in the game. Over the last five years, no other stock contractor has had more animals selected to buck at the NFR.
But there’s much more to the Carr product. The firm is known as one of the top production teams in ProRodeo, and the team prides itself on a well-run piece of family entertainment.
“Pete’s a hands’ on guy who knows what stock to bring to Weatherford,” Harris said. “Every person on that crew is like part of our family. They want us to succeed, and they want to make us the best that we are.”
It’s been more than a decade since the rodeo has received the top award in the PRCA: In 2004, it was named the Small Rodeo of the Year. Since then, it’s continued to grow and has been recognized as one of the best medium-size rodeos in the country. That brings so much pride to Parker County.
“With the livestock, Pete brings the athletes, and that helps us draw the top guys in the riding events,” Harris said. “But we draw the big-name guys in every event. Pete cares about the rodeo he’s bringing to town. When you’ve got a guy that cares about what he’s doing, that goes a long way.”