Top-level stock contractor setting new standard in rodeo livestock and production
DALLAS – Pete Carr has purchased Classic Pro Rodeo, unhinging the perfect storm that will set a new standard for stock contractors in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
With the acquisition, Carr will merge Classic Pro Rodeo with his own Carr Pro Rodeo to create one of the most powerful livestock firms in the sport.
“I look at this as a way for us to better take care of the rodeo committees and the sport of rodeo in general,” said Carr, who purchased Classic from Scotty Lovelace. “We’ve been in rodeo all our adult lives, and I think Scotty and I share a strong passion for building toward the future of the sport.”
Since joining the PRCA, Classic has had livestock perform at each Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since 1997, and Lovelace was named the 2003 Stock Contractor of the Year. Carr Pro Rodeo was established in 2005 and quickly has become one of the elite producers in the sport. Now the company will boast of more than 70 animals that have competed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“When you put that kind of animal talent together, I think that says a lot about what people are going to see,” Lovelace said.
The combination will bring together 31 animals that bucked at last year’s NFR, including three that have been named PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year: Real Deal in 2005, Big Tex in 2010 and MGM Deuces Night in 2012.Big Tex also joins Grass Dancer in other notable performances: Each of the animals was part of one of the four world-record 94-point rides – Ryan Gray on Grass Dancer in Eagle, Colo., in July 2009, and Tilden Hooper on Big Tex in Silver City, N.M., in June 2010.
“Scotty has been producing rodeos for 22 years, and most of that time has been in the PRCA,”
Carr said. “He will continue to work with me and help me with the operations. He has a lot of experience and knowledge, and that’s just going to make everything we do that much better.”
The acquisition will create an elite production team, which will care for some of the greatest animals in the sport. It means working rodeos at indoor coliseums in the fall and winter, then adjusting to bigger outdoor arenas through the spring and summer. It is important to have the crew to handle those steps and work behind the scenes; it helps that those people care for livestock.
This isn’t the first time Lovelace and Carr have teamed; prior to getting into the livestock business, they traveled together while riding bareback horses all across the country. They also have partnered on several animals and were former owners of the Harper & Morgan firm.
In 2013, Carr’s combined schedule includes producing 33 rodeos in 13 states; the company will have livestock performing at many of the largest events in the industry. In the coming weeks, the new firm will produce Texas events in Bay City, Marshall, Nacogdoches and Jacksonville, while also branching out to Southaven, Miss., and Silver City, N.M. – all have been part of Classic’s schedule; they will join events like Oklahoma’s Richest Rodeo in Guymon; New Mexico’s only tour stop in Lovington; the Navajo Nation’s Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz.; the top rodeo in the Mountain States Circuit in Eagle, Colo.; and the Texas Stampede in Allen.
“I’m excited about the new opportunities that are ahead for the company,” Carr said. “I want committees to know we have a lot to offer them. We’re going to have unprecedented resources for all the rodeos, which will benefit everyone involved: committees, sponsors, contestants and spectators.”