Archive for November, 2011

postheadericon One day to go

In 24 hours, I will be situated in the Thomas & Mack Center preparing for the first round of the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Today I secured my credentials and got the low down on the new media room, which is expanded considerably from recent years.

Tonight is when the award winners are named at the annual banquet. I offer an early congratulations to all the winners.

It’s been a busy day, from setting up TV coverage this morning to visiting with folks about Rodeo Media Relations. Now I’m going to celebrate with my lovely wife and a bunch of friends. This is my night to enjoy Las Vegas. Back to work tomorrow.

postheadericon Welcome to the NFR

The festivities for the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo have commenced, with the PRCA convention and other activities in Las Vegas.

Tuesday night featured the annual Welcome Reception, where the contestants were given their back numbers, stock of goodies, then introduced to the throng of fans. It’s a great way to kick-start all the great things surrounding ProRodeo’s championship event. Click HERE to see some photos.

 

postheadericon That’s my Amigo

I was proud of Amigo at Dallas. We had to run twice each night, and he gave me his all each time. We ended our season on a high note, winning the final round and finishing third in average. A slight mistake on my part cost us a lot more, tipping a barrel in Round 2. Amigo is getting some well-deserved time off.

Meanwhile, Goose and I have started over. We are coming to a better understanding of each other and what is actually happening during our runs. It’s going to take several more intense sessions and much repetition, but we will have our championship form back soon.

Not making the NFR this year has been a good thing. It has forced me to stop and reevaluate many things, and given me time to work on them.

Thanksgiving is coming soon, and I am most thankful to Jesus for loving me enough to die so that I could have a relationship with him. I am also very thankful for my husband and son, who love me and support me, as well as the rest of my family. My prayers go out to all the families who have loved ones that have gone on to heaven. I am grateful for every day I have with those I love.

postheadericon Vegas bound

Today’s travel day, and I’m looking forward to my trip. I’ve got a lot of great things planned over the next two weeks, but I wanted to find out what you wanted?

I’m not sure I can get to everything, but what would you like to read about during this year’s NFR? I will be under some limitations because of agreements I’ve reached, but I can try to follow up on things you might find interesting. Of course, the more fun the topic, the better.

Give it some thought, and leave a comment here so I know what you want. And have fun. If you’re in Las Vegas over the next two weeks, look me up.

postheadericon Carr’s MGM Deuces Night ready for another NFR

MGM Deuces Night leaps high into the air while matching moves with Chase Erickson during the final round of the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco this past October.

MGM Deuces Night leaps high into the air while matching moves with Chase Erickson during the final round of the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco this past October.

LAS VEGAS – The last time MGM Deuces Night bucked inside the Thomas & Mack Center, she guided Kelly Timberman to the 10th-round win at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“That’s a mare is just an awesome horse that’s good in the chute that gives you a chance to win every time you nod your head,” said Timberman, the 2004 world champion bareback rider from Mills, Wyo., who posted an 88.5-point ride on the Carr Pro Rodeo bucking horse to win more than $18,000 on the final night of the season.

Dirty Jacket has been a regular at the NFR.

Dirty Jacket has been a regular at the NFR.

MGM Deuces Night is a 6-year-old mare that was bred to be a bucking machine. She’s doing her job. In October, the bay horse guided Chase Erickson to the bareback riding victory at the All American ProRodoe Finals with an 88; it was just another feather in an already big cap for the horse that’s owned by the Dallas-based livestock producer owned by Pete Carr.

“I don’t care if the horse is dirty rank or hard to ride, I just want one to give me a chance to win first,” Timberman said. “That horse gives a guy a chance to win first every time, but you can say that about a lot of Pete’s horses.”

In fact, three of the four bareback horses in the final round in Waco were Carr animals, MGM Deuces Night, River Boat Annie and Dirty Jacket. Those great animals will be part of the world-class bareback riding pen of horses at the NFR, and they’ll be joined by Big Lights, Alberta Child, Grass Dancer, Black Coffee and Real Deal.

“When you get to the NFR, you want to draw one of Pete Carr’s bucking horses,” said Will Lowe, a three-time world champion bareback rider from Canyon, Texas.

Real Deal is the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year.

Real Deal is the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year.

The top roughstock cowboys in the game select the animals that will be bucked at the NFR. There’s a reason eight of the best horses in rodeo will be in Las Vegas

“The thing about Pete Carr’s rodeos is that when you go to one, you know you’re going to get a chance to win first,” said Matt Bright of Azle, Texas, who returns to Las Vegas for the second straight year. “A lot of guys don’t have that.

“I really respect that guy a lot, because he used to be a bareback rider himself. I think that’s why he’s got such a good pen of bareback horses. He knows what kinds of horses guys can win on.”

For instance, Caleb Bennett won the semifinal round in Waco after riding Real Deal for 86 points. It’s that kind of talent that Carr hauls across the country. .

“To be successful, you’ve got to want to win,” said Justin McDaniel, the 2008 world champion bareback rider from Porum, Okla. “Pete goes all out. He tries really hard. You can go to any of Pete’s rodeos and win on any of his horses on any given day.

“Real Deal was the rankest horse I’ve seen in a long time.”

Carr purchased MGM Deuces Night from bareback rider Wes Stevenson, a seven-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo who purchased the horse from the great Zinser bucking string.

“I knew she’d have a really good shot to come to the finals,” Stevenson said. “I knew she was that good, so part of the reason I sold her to Pete is that I knew she’d have a good shot to go to the finals. I bought her from Jim Zinser as a brood mare, but she bucked so good, I didn’t want to waste her sitting at my house. I wanted her to have a chance.

“She has a lot of heart. I was the first one to get on her with a rigging, and from the first time we ever bucked her, I knew that little filly has a lot of heart. She’s a very electric horse. She’s going to start doing some stuff right out of the box.”

Chris Harris saw that at one of the first big rodeos in which bucked. Harris, a six-time NFR qualifier, rode MGM Deuces Night for 88 points to win the 2010 West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo. Fast forward just one year when karma came into play. Harris, from Itasca, Texas, was matched with Deuces Night for the second straight year. The tandem worked just as well together, for 87 points, making another Pecos victory for Harris.

This past April, Kaycee Feild and MGM Deuces Night matched moves for 90 points during the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. It earned the Elk Ridge, Utah, cowboy a share of the final-round win with four-time world champion Bobby Mote, who rode the 2010 bareback horse of the year Big Tex.

“I wasn’t quite sure if it was going to be enough points to help me win that round, because it’s a younger horse,” Feild said. “Then he left there that first jump, then the second, and I knew I had a chance to show my ability to my full ability. He slipped a little, but he got right back up and started right back where he left off.

“He was just outstanding.”

River Boat Annie has been one of the best bucking horses in rodeo for several years.

River Boat Annie has been one of the best bucking horses in rodeo for several years.

Feild has been around the game a long time. His father, Lewis Feild, owns five world titles, two for bareback riding and three in the all-around. In addition, Kaycee Feild is on his way to his fourth straight qualification to the Wrangler NFR.

“Horses like that have a bucking style … it’s not easy in any means, but if you do stub your toe, you’re going to get bucked off,” Kaycee Feild said. “But those horses are the ones where you can really show your ability to ride. They hang in the air, and they’re really electric.”

Lowe knows that as well as anyone.

“When you go to a Pete Carr rodeo, you know you’re going to get on something that bucks,” Lowe said. “Pete has quite a few really good horses.”

Is Deuces Night one of the best in a string that includes Real Deal, the 2005 Bareback Horse of the Year, and River Boat Annie, the 2007 Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse?

“That’s a pretty awesome horse,” Lowe said of MGM Deuces Night. “It’s got those Zinser blood lines, and they’ve really showed how good they are the last couple years. There’s been quite a few that jumped out that and have been really fantastic.

“When you have that mare, you always got a dang good shot of being 86, 87-plus, and you’ve got a dang good chance of winning. I’ll tell you this: I like her a lot more if her name was next to my name a little more.”

Lowe is describing the random draw that pits cowboy vs. animal in rodeo, which pitted Lowe against the young horse in Eagle, Colo., this past July. Lowe finished second in the rodeo with a quality 87-point ride.

“Deuces Night is a great horse, and she’s one I think will be one for a long time,” Timberman said. “She’s a horse that’s consistent, and she’s a horse that’s part of an elite pen. That’s a pretty strong statement.”

Carr realizes that, and he sees something he really likes in the young horse.

“This is a very special mare that bucks the right way,” Carr said. “You can tell she loves her job.”

postheadericon Carr animals part of the athletic showcase at NFR

LAS VEGAS – The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is a showcase of tremendous athletic talent over a rigorous 10 days of competition in the Nevada desert.

It’s the playing ground for 119 elite contestants who make their living on the ProRodeo trail, the year-end event that is a true test of a champion. The Thomas & Mack Center on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus also is home some of the greatest animals in the sport.

That’s where Carr Pro Rodeo comes into play, with 12 animal athletes that have been selected by the cowboys to be part of ProRodeo’s championship event. Pete Carr and his crew have been recognized as having many of the best bucking beasts in the sport, and they’ll be represented well in Las Vegas.

“Pete Carr’s got some great rodeos, and he’s got the good horses,” said Cody Taton, the saddle bronc riding director for the PRCA and 2008 NFR average champion from Mud Butte, S.D. “That kind of combination makes quite a difference, plus Pete’s good to work with.”

The Dallas-based livestock contractor will have three saddle broncs in the mix, Miss Congeniality, Empty Pockets and Coffee Bean. These are just some of the horses the world’s best bronc riders said they wanted at the NFR.

“Miss Congeniality has been to the Canadian finals, too,” Taton said of the 9-year-old bay mare. “That was a pretty nice horse form Pete’s that I had. I’d been on it once before, and I won Grand Prairie, Alberta, on it. I’d love to draw that horse at all of Pete’s rodeos.”

Several other cowboys would, too.

Pete Carr

Pete Carr

“This horse had a very good year, so it’s no shock to me they selected her to the finals again. They won first and second on her in Lovington this year,” Carr said. “She might be one of the most rider-friendly horses we own in the arena, but don’t get in front of her in the back pens because she will smoke you.”

Coffee Bean is a 17-year-old bay mare that is making her third trip to Sin City, but she’s a veteran in the game. Empty Pockets a 7-year-old bay gelding that has proven himself over the course of this season.

“He is still a little nervous in there, but he kicks the lights out every jump,” Carr said. “He’s been cut, hauled and now headed to Vegas this year. That’s throwing one into the grease; we will see how he handles everything pretty quick.”

Carr knows how to make his animals perform at their best, and that’s one of the reasons several of his great animals get the chance to perform in Las Vegas.

“Any bucking horse you know you have a chance to win on is one you want to get on,” said Jesse James Kirby of Dodge City, Kan. “That’s what you have when you go to a Carr rodeo. I think Pete Carr is doing a damn good job of supplying a bunch of really good bucking horses.

“Pete’s got some buckers and some young horses that he’s trying to bring up in his program. I think he’s got a well-rounded pen of horses, and everybody loves to get on them.”

Whether they’re world champions or cowboys just trying to make ends meet on the rodeo trail, cowboys know there’s a benefit to riding at a Carr-produced event.

“You can go down the list of any horse Pete has, and you’re going to look at the kinds of horses you want to get on every time,” said Taos Muncy, the 2007 world champion and top-ranked bronc rider heading into the finals. “You look forward to going to his rodeos, because he will have NFR horses in every performance.”

It’s not just the bucking horses that are getting noticed by cowboys. Bull riders have seen the growth and development in the Carr bull herd, particularly in Time Out, a 4-year-old Carr purchased this year from bull rider Cooper Kanngiesser, who qualified for the NFR in 2006.

“Pete needed some good bulls at the time,” said Kanngiesser, of Zenda, Kan. “In years past, I haven’t kept very many bulls past 3 (years of age), so I put a package deal together.

“As far as him being selected to the NFR, I thought he deserved it. It made me feel good, because there were people who kept telling me he was just a bull, but I knew he had more to him. I had one producer who bought him twice and had me buy him back because he didn’t think that bull had anything in it. I sold him to Pete Carr, who knew what to do with him, and the bull makes the NFR in his first year. It’s bittersweet for me.”

Maybe it’s the care the animals are given on the ranch near Athens, Texas, or the way Carr works them to perform at their best, but cowboys have taken notice.

“Pete Carr, in general, is a great stock contractor,” said bull rider D.J. Domangue, a three-time NFR qualifier from Wharton, Texas. “He spends a lot of money and tries real hard to try to improve his stock. He’s already got great horses, and he is trying to put together a good pen of bulls.

“Plus he’s a great guy, and that’s hard to come by when you’re talking about stock contractors in rodeo. He listens to the cowboys. He wants to know what we think, and he wants our opinions. He wants to get the top guys.”

That means a lot to Carr.

“I take a lot of pride in having the kind of animals the cowboys want to get on,” Carr said. “The fans come to see a good rodeo, and I think having good animals to get on gives us a better opportunity to draw the best cowboys in the world when they have a choice on which rodeos to enter. Together that makes it a great experience for the paying customers.

“We will keep striving to improve our herds every year because we want to attract the best cowboys to come to these rodeos.”

postheadericon MGM Deuces Night

MGM Deuces Night leaps high into the air while matching moves with Chase Erickson during the final round of the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco this past October.

MGM Deuces Night leaps high into the air while matching moves with Chase Erickson during the final round of the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco this past October.

6-year-old bay/paint mare
Bareback Riding
SIRE:
Night Jacket
DAM:
Night Line

2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Jason Havens scored 86 points in the fifth go-round, finishing in a tie for second place.

Kelly Timberman won the 10th go-round with an 88.5.

This year
Kaycee Field scored 90 points to split the final-round victory at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo.

Whitten Hoover posted an 83 to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Chris Harris scored 87 points to win the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo for the second straight year.

Will Lowe scored 87 points to finish second at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo.

Lee Lantz finished in a three-way tie for fifth place with an 85 in Lovington, N.M.

Chase Erickson won the All American Series Finals in Waco, Texas, with an 88.

Ryan Gray held on for 77 points after nearly bucking off during the final round of the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb.

2010
D.V. Fennell scored 87 points to finish second at the Lea County Fair & Rodeo in Lovington, N.M.

Bo Casper finished tied for third with an 86-point ride at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair & Rodeo.

Chris Harris won the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo with an 88.

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Carr Pro Rodeo purchased MGM Deuces Night from bareback rider Wes Stevenson. This was her second year to go to PRCA rodeos and really showed she belonged at that level, making it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the first two years of her short career.

“She’s a horse that’s just bucked all year,” Stevenson said. “She’s been on of the best in the business all year. I knew she’d have a really good shot to come to the finals. I knew she was that good, so part of the reason I sold her to Pete is that I knew she’d have a good shot to go to the finals. I bought her from Jim Zinser as a brood mare, but she bucked so good, I didn’t want to waste her sitting at my house. I wanted her to have a chance.

“She has a lot of heart. I was the first one to get on her with a rigging, and from the first time we ever bucked her, I knew that little filly has a lot of heart. She’s a very electric horse. She’s going to start doing some stuff right out of the box.”

“This one will be fun to watch and see how she reacts to the bright lights of Vegas,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. “If she handles it well, it could be really good. This is a very special mare that bucks the right way. You can tell she loves her job. We look for big things from her in the near future.”

“Dang sure one of the best horses to get on,” said Tilden Hooper, a two-time NFR qualifier from Carthage, Texas. “That horse just bucks hard right out of there the whole time. She’s just a showy little horse. That’s the kind the judges like and the kind we like.”

“That Deuces Night is one outstanding bucking horse, the kind that will be the bareback horse of the finals, I think,” said D.V. Fennell of Neosho, Mo., a two-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “Chris Harris won Pecos (Texas) on that horse this year, and it’s definitely a bucker.”

“That was a phenomenal horse, and she was just the best one out today,” Kelly Timberman, the 2004 world champion, said of MGM Deuces Night, which he rode to the 10th-round victory at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “The fact of the matter is she was just the best one out today and will probably be one of the best horses in the world for a long time. I was real privileged to have the horse.”

postheadericon Real Deal

Ryan Gray is launched off the back of Carr Pro Rodeo's Real Deal during the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Ryan Gray is launched off the back of Carr Pro Rodeo's Real Deal during the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

12-year-old brown gelding
Bareback Riding
SIRE:
Rag Top
DAM:
Real

2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Wes Stevenson scored 76 points during the third round.

2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Ryan Gray was bucked off in the third go-round.

Clint Cannon split the eighth-round victory with an 84.5-point ride.

This year
World champion Kelly Timberman posted an 83 to finish in a tie for seventh place in Pecos, Texas.

NFR qualifier Matt Bright scored 87 points to finish third at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo, a Silver Tour event in Lovington, N.M. It was Bright’s first ride on the horse since he suffered a broken back on the horse in a freak incident at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Caleb Bennett posted an 86 to win the semifinal round at the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco, Texas.

2010
Justin McDaniel scored 86 points to finish in third place at the Lea County Fair & Rodeo in Lovington, N.M.

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Stevenson has been on Real Deal four times in his career and has placed on the horse twice, including at the Wrangler NFR. He’s also been bucked off.

“He’ll either throw you off or you’ll win on him,” Stevenson said. “He’s got moves, that’s for sure. He’s a fist fight and a good one to have. He’ll take you to the pay window.”

The 2005 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year that was also voted among the top three in 2006. Real Deal has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo six years in a row.

“He really bucked harder this year and had some of the most spectacular buck-offs,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo.  They won a round on him at the All American Finals, he should be ready for WNFR.”

postheadericon River Boat Annie

Royce Ford matches moves with River Boat Annie during a recent Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Royce Ford matches moves with River Boat Annie during a recent Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

11-year-old roan mare
Bareback Riding
SIRE:
Cadillac Jack
DAM:
Tan Line

2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Steven Dent scored 84 points in the second round to finish in fifth place.

2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Royce Ford scored 84 points to finish in a tie for fourth place in the second round.

Steven Peebles’ 83.5 was good enough for a third-place tie in Round 7.

This year
Helped Steven Peebles to a tie for second place with an 86-point ride at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo.

Kelly Timberman scored 88 points to win the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo.

Caine Riddle posted an 85 to finish in a tie for fifth, and Kelly Timberman had an 84 for a tie for eighth at the Lea County (N.M.) Fair and Rodeo.

2010
Caleb Bennett won the Lea County Fair & Rodeo in Lovington, N.M. with an 89, while Jerad Schlegel had an 83 on River Boat Annie to finish in a tie for fifth.

Trey Bissett tied for third place at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo with an 86-point ride.

Ryan Gray rode for an 86 to finish third at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo.

Micky Downare finished in a tie for fourth place with his 84-point ride at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

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She was the runner-up Bareback Riding Horse of the Year in 2007 and has broken arena records about any place she has bucked: Guymon, Okla.; Amarillo, Texas; Montgomery, Ala.; and Jackson, Miss. Clint Cannon set the single earnings record in 2009 on her at the Heartland Series Finals, now known as the All-American Series Finals. She has bucked five times at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

“She’s out of Tan Line, which I own, and is the best mare I’ve ever owned so far,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. “She never had a bad day in her life and been hauled all over the United States. She has won several go-round buckles at the Wrangler NFR, and we have starting raising colts out of her.”

“I’ve had her at the NFR twice,” said Justin McDaniel, the 2008 world champion. “She’s definitely changed. When she came around at first, she really blew in the air. Now that horse is strong. I’ve been on her twice now that she’s grown, and that horse is strong. That’s just a great bucking horse.”

“The two colts I’ve been bucking out River Boat Annie’s mother, No. 30 Tan Line, are phenomenal,” Carr said. “Everything she has raised has turned into a great horse.”

postheadericon Dirty Jacket

D.V. Fennell rides Dirty Jacket during the 10th go-round at the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

D.V. Fennell rides Dirty Jacket during the 10th go-round at the 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

7-year-old bay gelding
Bareback Riding
SIRE:
Night Jacket
DAM:
Dirty

2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Dusty LaValley scored 81 points and failed to place during the fifth round.

2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
D.V. Fennell scored an 86.5 to finish in a tie for third place in the 10th round.

This year
Matt Bright scored 87 to win the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, the fourth straight year a cowboy won that rodeo with an 87 on Dirty Jacket.

Will Lowe finished in a tie for second place at the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo with an 86.

Will Lowe scored 88 points to split the victory at the Silver Tour’s Lea County Fair and Rodeo.

Wes Stevenson scored 85 points to finish in a tie for fifth place at the Eagle County (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo.

Jason Havens marked 87 to split the final-round victory at the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb.

Steven Anding had an 87 to finish second in the final round at the All American ProRodeo Finals in Waco, Texas.

2010
Will Lowe finished second at the Silverton (Texas) Buck Wild Days Rodeo with an 85.

R.C. Landingham placed with an 83 at the Lea County Fair & Rodeo in Lovington, N.M.

Steven Dent scored 87 to finish second

The West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, while Tom McFarland’s 83 was good enough for eighth place.

Will Lowe scored 87 points to win the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, while Joe Gunderson’s 86 on Dirty Jacket finished second.

Bobby Mote won a go-round at RodeoHouston.

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Dirty Jacket has carried winner each of the last four years at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

“They win a lot on him,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. “Last year was the first year that we put some pressure on him, and he was selected to be part of the TV pen at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He is really fun to flank, and he looks really fun to ride for the first four or five jumps, he just jumps in the air.

“He is really electric when he leaves the chute. He jumps up in the air and extends everything he can, kicks and just hangs there and stalls out for three or four jumps then moves on out.  He is young, but so far he has proved he can take it.”

“That horse just bucks,” said D.V. Fennell of Neosho, Mo., who rode Dirty Jacket to an 86.5 in the 10th round of the 2009 NFR. “He leaps in the air and shows off. He’s not just a dead easy hopper, but he’s a mix between a hopper and a bucker. He’s the one that you want.”

“That horse likes that arena a lot,” three-time world champion Will Lowe said. “He just likes to buck. He’s such a good horse. He’s in the TV pen at the NFR, so you know he’s the one guys want to get on.”

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