Archive for June, 2012

postheadericon Electric finale set for Pecos

For the second straight weekend, I’m working from the cool confines of my home in northwest Missouri, but my mind’s 1,000 miles away in west Texas.

Ryan Gray

Ryan Gray

The West of the Pecos Rodeo is where hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls kicked off their 2012 Cowboy Christmas. Tonight will feature the final performance in Pecos, and some of the elite roughstock hands in the game have a great opportunity to make some good money and, quite possibly, win the rodeo.

NFR qualifier Bradley Harter has drawn Carr Pro Rodeo’s Choir Girl, the horse Wade Sundell rode for 86 points on Thursday night to lead saddle bronc riding. Cody Martin has Carr’s Miss Congeniality, the animal that led Cody Angland to the win and Alex Wright to the runner-up finish in Lovington, N.M., last August.

Chris Roundy posted an 87-point ride on Carr’s P Diddy, but a trio of NFR qualifiers – Bobby Welsh on Carr’s Comanche, Shawn Hogg on Carr’s Black Ice and Dustin Elliott on Carr’s Sports Book – have a shot at taking the title.

Pete Carr, the owner of the livestock company, predicted Steven Dent and MGM Deuces Night would match up for the Pecos bareback riding title, but Clint Cannon has already posted a 90 – Cannon did so during Wednesday’s opening performance on Dirty Jacket. Another piece of the puzzle that will likely play a factor into how the Dent-MGM Deuces Night ride is scored is that Dent and his traveling partner, Ryan Gray, arrived at the Midland (Texas) International Airport today, but their gear bags didn’t.

Gray, who has Carr’s Miss Hollywood, posted that little tidbit on his Facebook page this afternoon. Hopefully he’ll find someone to get some gear from his Lubbock home to Pecos. Either way, I suspect there will be plenty for the fans to see tonight.

postheadericon Gala to support Western Wishes

The “8 Seconds to Glory” gala is more than a reunion for the 1992 movie “8 Seconds.”

The celebration is a benefit to Western Wishes, which was founded in 1994 by Donnalyn Quintana. The gala will take place at the Little America Event Center Grand Ballroom on July 21 in Cheyenne, Wyo., coinciding with the Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Actor Luke Perry will be one of the featured speakers at the "8 Seconds to Glory" gala next month in Cheyenne, Wyo., benefitting Western Wishes.

Actor Luke Perry will be one of the featured speakers at the "8 Seconds to Glory" gala next month in Cheyenne, Wyo., benefiting Western Wishes.

Guest speakers will be actors Luke Perry and Stephen Baldwin – Perry played the movie’s lead character, world champion bull rider Lane Frost, while Baldwin played Tuff Hedeman, now a three-time world champion. They will be red-carpet arrivals along with other cast members, accompanying Western Wishes recipients and families.

The gala will feature children and their families who are part of the Western Wishes Wyoming Chapter. Guests from other Western Wishes chapters will also be part of the festivities.

Western Wishes reaches out to children suffering illness or injury as well as the families representing children who have died.

“Western Wishes celebrates the lives of these children, in remembrance and celebration of their fighting spirits,” Quintana indicated in news release about the gala.

The Championship Bull Riding finale is taking place during Frontier Days. The CBR has partnered with Western  Wishes and is promoting the charitable organization during live telecasts.

Part of the entertainment package for the gala includes Christian contemporary artists Susie McEntire and Rhonda Gunn, “American Idol” finalist John Wayne Schultz and Susie Dobss from RFD-TV’s “Beyond Rodeo.” Rodeo announcer Justin McKee will be the master of ceremonies.

postheadericon Cannon scores 90 on Dirty Jacket to lead Pecos

PECOS, Texas – It looks like Dirty Jacket is up to his old tricks.

Clint Cannon is quite happy about it, too.

Clint Cannon

Clint Cannon

Cannon, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Waller, Texas, rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s 8-year-old bay gelding for 90 points on Wednesday night to take the bareback riding lead at the West of the Pecos Rodeo.

Of course, Cannon is just one of the greatest bareback riders in ProRodeo who are competing in the west Texas community this week – the field includes several other NFR qualifiers as well as world champions like Kaycee Feild, Bobby Mote and Will Lowe.

But if the score holds up through the four-day rodeo, it will mark the fourth time this season that Dirty Jacket has guided cowboys to rodeo titles – Feild rode the horse to win the short go-round in Fort Worth, Texas, and Feild won the average title, too; Wes Stevenson won the short round in San Angelo, Texas, then won the average championship; and Jeremy Mouton won the event in Bridgeport, Texas, on the great bucking horse.

“This is the best I’ve seen Dirty Jacket,” said Pete Carr, owner of Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo. “He’s been phenomenal.”

Dirty Jacket is one of several of Carr’s great animal athletes that are bucking this week in Buck Jackson Arena. He will buck again Friday night, matching moves with Kyle Brennecke. The West of the Pecos rodeo continues at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

postheadericon Navajo Nation to get a feel for Dirty Jacket

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – A few years ago, T.J. Holgate was one of a few Navajo bareback riders in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Holgate, the chairman of the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo, was a couple decades too early to test his skills against the awesome bucking horses from Carr Pro Rodeo. He’ll be licking his lips when he watches the energetic bucking style of Dirty Jacket during this year’s rodeo, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6, at Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena (because Window Rock is on the Navajo Nation, the kickoff each night will be during Mountain Standard Time, which is not the same as Arizona, which does not recognize Daylight Savings time).

Heath Ford

Heath Ford

“He’s so electric,” said Heath Ford, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Greeley, Colo. “I think maybe he’s Pete’s best horse this year.”

Ford isn’t the only one who thinks that. There are plenty of elite bareback riders who thank Pete Carr for purchasing the great animal several years ago.

“I think guys are going to win a lot of money on him,” said Cody DeMers, a four-time NFR qualifier from Kimberly, Idaho. “You dang sure have to ride good. Those kinds of horses are the ones that are going to psych you up and talk you into riding good.

“Having horses like that says a lot for Pete. He takes care of those horses. He babies those horses. He probably loves those horses as much as he does his own family.”

Kaycee Feild knows about family. Not only is he the reigning world champion bareback rider, but Feild is the son of Lewis Feild, a five-time world champion. Kaycee won the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo after riding Dirty Jacket for 89 points in the championship round.

“When he leaves the chute, he’s trying to kick the flankman off the back of the chute,” he said. “He’s so fast, and he bucks so hard.”

Dirty Jacket, an 8-year-old bay gelding, is one of the greatest bucking horses in ProRodeo today. In addition to Feild’s win in Fort Worth, two other cowboys earned titles on the horse so far this year: Wes Stevenson of Lubbock, Texas, won in San Angelo, Texas, after matching moves with Dirty Jacket for 87 points in the short round, and Jeremy Mouton of Scott, La., posted an 84 on him to win in Bridgeport, Texas.

Wes Stevenson

Wes Stevenson

“That horse has just gotten better,” said Stevenson, a seven-time NFR qualifier. “I think he may have stepped it up from what we’ve seen.”

Dirty Jacket is always electric, which is why the top bareback riders in the game have selected him to buck in the elite rounds at the NFR each of the last three years – the TV pen features the “showiest” bucking horses, and the moniker comes from the days when only the final round of the NFR was televised. The “TV pen” animals buck in the fifth and 10th rounds, which provides a great touch to the halfway point of the championship and the season’s final go-round.

“That horse is in his prime,” Stevenson said. “He could be having one of the better years he’s had, and that’s saying a lot. The first time he was bucked was four years ago in Guymon (Okla.), and they won the rodeo on him.”

Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo, has a dozen animals selected to the finals each year, a couple of which are bucked in the fifth and 10th rounds. Carr owns some of the greatest bucking animals in ProRodeo, including Real Deal, the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year, and Riverboat Annie, the 2007 reserve world champion bareback horse.

“This spring is the best I’ve seen Dirty Jacket,” Carr said. “He’s been phenomenal.”

He’s been pretty good since he first started bucking in May 2008.

“The first time he was bucked was four years ago in Guymon (Okla.), and they won the rodeo on him,” Stevenson said.

That was just the beginning of some miraculous stuff. He helped cowboys to the Guymon title each May from 2008-2011 – four straight seasons of excellence. But he’s done well in other arenas, too. Last August, for example, three-time world champion Will Lowe shared the victory in Lovington, N.M., with an 87-point ride on Dirty Jacket – Lowe is also one of the four cowboys to have won the Guymon title on the gelding’s back.

“There’s no way you can muscle up on him,” Feild said. “You’ve got to be fast and aggressive, or he will get you out of shape and might get you bucked off.”

postheadericon The inferno continues to breath

Structures are ignited by the wildfires that rage out of control near Colorado Springs, Colo.

Structures are ignited by the wildfires that rage out of control near Colorado Springs, Colo.

Far removed from the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, it’s sometimes difficult for me to be in touch with the news touching Colorado.

That’s not the case right now.

The wildfires that are scorching the beautiful landscape have made national news. Destination locales for vacationers have been blackened and charred. And now, the breathing dragon has Colorado Springs in its sights.

It’s very scary from a distance; I can’t even relate to the fear and anxiety that is being experienced in Colorado Springs. There are mandatory evacuations on the city’s western side, including the PRCA offices and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Considering the documents and memorabilia that lie inside those walls, a loss to fire would be quite devastating.

But those are only things. There’s no reason to risk human lives to rescue those artifacts. Homes and businesses have been destroyed, and the fire continues its march toward the city of more than 415,000.

My dear friend, Ann Bleiker – a longtime staff member of the PRCA now working as editor of the WPRA’s magazine – reported this morning that “15,300-plus acres have now burned with this fire with an unconfirmed number of structures. More than 1,000 firefighters are battling this beast. They expect all the fire lines to be challenged today. We are supposed to have thunderstorms, hopefully with some good moisture, but worried what the winds will do when this happens as that was part of the problem yesterday with ever-changing winds.”

From Facebook posts by PRCA staffers: “At this time ProCom is closed. We are making arrangements to support the membership remotely. We will provide additional information on and Member Self Service as we receive updates.”

I ask you to join me in prayer for those areas affected by the fires, that the burning ends soon. Pray for rain for the area and all others that might need it so these types of fires don’t continue to rage.

postheadericon Dent-MGM Deuces Night a key match-up in Pecos

PECOS, Texas – Steven Dent has been one of the best bareback riders going down the rodeo trail most of his six-year ProRodeo career.

Steven Dent

Steven Dent

MGM Deuces Night has been one of the best bareback horses in the sport each of the past three seasons she’s bucked.

They’ll meet during the final performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday at Buck Jackson Arena. It will be the first time the two great athletes have ever been matched, and it should be quite electric.

“Steven Dent probably will be 90 points and probably will win the rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner of Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer in Pecos. “That should be a great ride. Steven has been riding really well, and MGM Deuces Night has been pretty phenomenal this year, too.”

The 7-year-old bay/paint mare guided reigning world champion Kaycee Feild to the RodeoHouston victory with an arena-record 93 points, then helped rising star J.R. Vezain to the win in Guymon, Okla., with 89 points. Dent is a four-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; he finished in the top five in the final world standings two times – second in 2008 and fourth in 2010.

That will be one of several great bareback riding match-ups featured in Pecos. Others will be Caine Riddle on Real Deal, the 2005 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year; Clint Cannon on Dirty Jacket; and Wes Stevenson on Big Lights, just to name a few.

“Real Deal is always phenomenal in Pecos,” Carr said. “I’d say Caine will be 85 or so and in the money. Clint rides good, so he’s going to be in the money on Dirty Jacket. Wes will probably be 86 or 87 on Big Lights, but I think Steven will win it.”

Cody DeMoss

Cody DeMoss

Cody DeMoss is one of the hottest saddle bronc riders going right now. He just won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo this past weekend, and he is matched with NFR veteran Coffee Bean.

“Cody will be the early leader,” Carr said. “I don’t know if he’ll keep it, but he should be 85 or 86. There are some great match-ups in bronc riding, though. Jesse Kruse rides great, and he’s got Ginger Snap, and Rusty Allen on Cool Runnings could be in the money. That horse was the rankest horse at San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Guymon. He one-jumped Josh Reynolds in Oklahoma City, and Taos Muncy would’ve won Guymon on him if he hadn’t missed his mark-out.”

Bareback riders and bronc riders know the penalty for not having their heels over the breaks of a horse’s shoulders on the first jump out of the chute is a no score, which is what Muncy suffered. Bull riders don’t have to worry about mark-outs; just hanging on to the back of a bucking bull is tough enough, and the cowboys in Pecos will have their hands full.

“We’ve got some really good ones in Private Eyes, The Warden, The Mexican, Black Powder,” Carr said, naming just a few of the great new bulls that carry the Rafter C brand. “Skunk Stomper’s a good one, and he’s got Kanin Asay.”

Asay is a four-time NFR qualifier, so that’s an interesting match-up. So is Private Eyes vs. Luke Haught and Black Gold vs. Clayton Savage, a two-time NFR qualifier.

“Black Gold has been to the NFR three times and is having a great year, but nobody’s able to ride him,” Carr said. “If Luke rides Private Eyes, he’ll be a bunch of points.”

postheadericon Big Spring celebrates rodeo’s grand history

BIG SPRING, Texas – History is a big part the sport of rodeo, but it’s the foundation of the Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo.

The event bucked for the 79th time from June 21-23 at the Big Spring Rodeo Bowl, and fans witnessed an outstanding competition and a fantastic celebration.

Cody Taton

Cody Taton

“The highlight for me was in Saturday night’s opening,” said Pete Carr, owner of Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo, the stock contracting firm that produces the Big Spring rodeo. “We had a video about the history of rodeo, and after that played, we introduced Quail Dobbs and put him on a John Deere Gator with his son driving and his grandson on the back.”

Dobbs spent his career as a rodeo clown and is enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

“It was cool because we watched all that history, and Quail was a part of that history,” Carr said. “He made his living making people smile. He is also in the history of that rodeo. The people acknowledged him, giving him a standing ovation. They were standing up as he drove by, so it really looked like a wave when they made it around the arena.”

The history continues in the west Texas town, and the Carr crew is excited to be part of next year’s 80th anniversary.

“It’s really the people you get to deal with there that’s so great,” Carr said. “You have second- and third-generation committee members. Quail has been on the committee forever, and his son is on the committee. Ace Berry is the chairman of that rodeo, and his son will be on that committee for a long time, just like Dane Driver; his dad, Skipper Driver, was a big part of that committee for a long, long time.

“There’s so much history and tradition there. It’s a great rodeo to be part of.”

Of course, ProRodeo’s best contestants helped make a good event even better. Take Cody Taton of Mud Butte, S.D., the average champion at the 2008 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He matched moves with Carr’s High Lonesome for 84 points to win saddle bronc riding in Big Spring, worth $1,140 for Taton.

“That’s a young horse that won the futurity in Cody, Wyo.,” Carr said. “The first time we took him to a rodeo was at Fort Worth (Texas), and Cody had him there; he won a round on him there.”

Yes, he did. In fact, Taton won the average title in Fort Worth this past winter and remains in the top five in the world standings.

“After Fort Worth, we’ve been letting him just hang out,” Carr said. “We took horses that we’d picked for our futurity team to take to Cheyenne in a few weeks; we wanted to see how they’re going to be.”

Apparently, things looked pretty good for the 4-year-old bay gelding.

“Fortunately Cody drew that horse again,” Carr said. “In that arena, the sand is really deep, and some of the horses had trouble with it. He still rose to the occasion.”

Big Spring Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo
June 21-23
All-around cowboy:
Chase Williams, $1,460, team roping and tie-down roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Jake Brown, 79 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Patron, $1,007; 2. Chad Rutherford, 78 on Carr’s Big Casino, $755; 3. Blake Dornak, 75 on Carr’s Colt 44, $504; 4. (tie) Bill Tutor on Carr’s Buck Wild, Wyatt Hancock on Carr’s Korczak and Tray Chambliss III on Carr’s Montana, 72, $84 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Jack Hodges, 5.5 seconds, $944; 2. Chance Campbell, $781; 3. Brent Lassetter, 7.1, $618; 4. Chris Berry, 7.2, $456; 5. Sam Powers, 10.3, $293; 6. Brad Loesch, 11.4, $163..

Team roping: 1. Quisto Lopez/Boogie Ray, 7.9 seconds, $895 each; 2. Jackie Gillespie/Zane Bowers, 8.6, $741; 3. Paul Peterson/Keith Isley, 8.7, $587; 4. Casey Gattis/Seth Smithson, 8.8, $432; 5. Clint Singleton/Jed Middleton, 11.5, $278; 6. Cody Burney/Garrett Hale, 12.6, $154.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Cody Taton, 84 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s High Lonesome, $1,140; 2. (tie) Cody Horwedel on Carr’s Close Call and Nick Laduke on Carr’s Blue Jeans, 77, $713 each; 4. Travis Sheets, 71 on Carr’s Faded Blood, $285.

Tie-down roping: 1. Chase Williams, 9.5 seconds, $1,460; 2. Zane Waldrop, 9.6, $1,208; 3. Loagan Helton, 9.9, $957; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., 10.2, $705; 5. Matt Kenney, 10.3, $453; 6. Roy Harris, 10.4, $252.

Barrel racing: 1. Lisa Ogden, 16.78 seconds, $957; 2. Chasity Tamburro, 16.87, $820; 3. Tracey Austin-Ivy, 17.14, $683; 4. Caren Lamb, 17.17, $592. 5. Savanah Reeves, 17.24, $455; 6. Sarah Kieckhefer, 17.26, $364; 7. Julie Hardcastle, 17.28, $273; 8. Baily Bownds, 17.36, $182; 9. Robin Montague, 17.42, $137; 10. Joy McDaniels, 17.47, $91.

Bull riding: 1. Guthrie Long, 86 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Black Powder, $1,082; 2. (tie) Roy Dunn on Carr’s Backlash and Luke Haught on Carr’s Black Ice, 75, $705 each; 4. Cody Graves on Carr’s Just John, 72, $393.

postheadericon Ridin’ for the spurs

Each year in western Nevada, the champions of the Reno Rodeo earn Silver Spurs, just like these.

Each year in western Nevada, the champions of the Reno Rodeo earn Silver Spurs, just like these.

It’s almost time for the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo short go-round, which features the top 12 contestants (and teams) from the preliminary rounds in the western Nevada city.

Tonight’s field is filled with world champions and regular qualifiers to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Payouts have been made in each of the first two go-rounds, so cowboys and cowgirls have already made a pretty penny.

But the average champions will be crowned based on three rounds, so everyone has to wait until tonight  to see who wins the coveted Silver Spurs for winning the prestigious rodeo.

Good luck to everyone still in the mix.

postheadericon It’s almost like I’m there

Bucking horses from Carr Pro Rodeo hang out in the Big Spring (Texas) Rodeo Bowl on Friday afternoon before the second performance of the Big Spring Cowboy Runion and Rodeo. (SANDY GWATNEY PHOTOS)

Bucking horses from Carr Pro Rodeo hang out in the Big Spring (Texas) Rodeo Bowl on Friday afternoon before the second performance of the Big Spring Cowboy Runion and Rodeo. (SANDY GWATNEY PHOTOS)

A cowboy sits horseback as he keeps an eye on the Carr Pro Rodeo horses in the arena.

A cowboy sits horseback as he keeps an eye on the Carr Pro Rodeo horses in the arena.

My phone dinged today, making that sound that identifies an incoming text message. It was my dear friend, Sandy Gwatney, and it was one of two.

Now, I know Sandy is hanging out in Big Spring, Texas, for the three days of the Cowboy Reunion and Rodeo. As I open my little bundle, I get to see a photo she took of Carr Pro Rodeo’s bucking horses stretching their legs inside the Big Spring Rodeo Bowl, the arena for the event.

A little later, Sandy calls, and in our conversation, and we talk about the texts.

“I thought I’d send that to you so you could feel like you were here with us,” she said.

That is a true blessing to me. I’m blessed by awesome friends.

I wish I were hanging out with my friends and the Carr Pro Rodeo crew as they set out on this little three-week adventure to west Texas and northeastern Arizona – they’re in Big Spring this week and will be in Pecos next. The Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo takes place July 4-6 in Window Rock, Ariz.

I’ll still be working with them on a daily basis, just from a few hundred miles away. That’s why the texted photo means so much to me – even though we’re not together, Sandy sees it as a way for me to at least get a feel for what’s going on in Big Spring.

That’s pretty awesome.

postheadericon Carr animals attractive feature for Navajo fans

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – T.J. Holgate wears many hats, and almost all of them are cowboy. Holgate is a Window Rock District Court judge, a cowboy and a proud Navajo.

He ties it all together quite nicely as the volunteer chairman of the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, and 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, and Friday, July 6, at Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena (because Window Rock is on the Navajo Nation, the kickoff each night will be during Mountain Standard Time, which is not the same as Arizona, which does not recognize Daylight Savings time).

“The Navajo Nation as a whole … they love rodeo,” Holgate said. “It’s probably the No. 1 sport out here. It’s a big thing. Most of the natives are agricultural, raising livestock. They’re farmers, outdoors people. They love good animals. They love to watch good competition. It’s just a component for what rodeo means to them.”

That’s why the Fourth of July rodeo is important to the Navajo Nation and why it reached out to Pete Carr to serve as the stock contractor for this year’s rodeo.

“I knew Pete had good animals and would be a good choice,” Holgate said, noting that the committee, run by the Navajo Nation, made the final decision. “We invited Pete to come out in February. The people I work with got a chance to talk to him and see what he was about.”

The culmination of that meeting and the hiring process means Carr, his crew and his top-notch animal athletes will be part of the Window Rock celebration.

“That rodeo has a very rich history, and I’m glad our crew can be part of it,” said Carr, owner of Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo. “I know there are some great rodeo fans there, and I hope we can put on the kind of show that they want to see over and over again.”

The four-day, three-performance celebration is a way to celebrate the Navajo Nation, kicking things off on Tuesday, July 3, with a Credence Clearwater Revival concert. The opening performance of the rodeo on the Fourth of July will be Patriot Night, including post-rodeo fireworks. Ram night is Thursday, and the final performance will be Tough Enough to Wear Pink night, to raise money and awareness for fight against cancer.

“I have a good friend, J.C. Trujillo, who runs the Prescott rodeo, and we’ve come up with a bonus program,” Holgate said. “Our committee puts up $750, and Prescott puts up $750, and we’re going to give that $1,500 to the one contestant who makes the most money between the two rodeos.”

That’s just more incentive to draw the top contestants to both great rodeos, but there are so many aspects of the Navajo Nation rodeo that are attractive to the top names in the game.

“The natives are humble, humanitarian, and they treat cowboys with respect out here,” Holgate said. “We used to have an autograph session when Ty Murray was going, and you’d think he parted the water for the natives. That’s the awesome aspect of it. They really respect and idolize cowboys.

“In terms of Pete coming here this year, I think it’s going to be a whole new look and a production that everybody is going to want to see. He has a horse of the year and a lot of other things that everybody around here is excited about.”

Real Deal was named the 2005 Bareback Horse of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, but he’s just one of many great animals that will be part of the mix in Window Rock. River Boat Annie was the Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse in 2007, and there are dozens of other great bucking animals that have been selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo over the years.

“I sure wish Pete was contracting some when I was rodeoing,” Holgate said, revealing again that his cowboy hat fits very well.

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