Carr Pro Rodeo animal was named 2012 PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year
DALLAS – Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo, said Saturday that MGM Deuces Night has died. The 8-year-old bay/paint mare was named the 2012 Bareback Horse of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
The horse suffered an episode of colic at the Elgin (Texas) Veterinary Hospital on Saturday. It occurred several days after having a procedure done to treat a broken coffin bone in the horse’s right rear foot.
“Dr. (Marty) Tanner said the procedure went well and that she was doing well, and he was going to send her home Monday,” Carr said. “We’ve lost some great horses over the years, but this one stings quite a bit.
“She had been so brilliant so early in her career. She was a foundation mare, and we were going to breed her for a lot of years. ”
MGM Deuces Night was born on the Zinser Ranch in Claire, Mich., then purchased by bareback rider Wes Stevenson, an eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier. He later sold the horse to Carr, who first took the animal to the NFR in 2010. She returned to ProRodeo’s finale in 2011 and 2012.
“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,” Stevenson said. “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.”
In the six times she performed in Las Vegas, she guided cowboys to three go-round titles: Kelly Timberman, 88 points, 10th round, 2010; Ryan Gray, 90, fifth round, 2011; Kaycee Feild, 87, 10th round, 2011.
Feild, the two-time and reigning bareback riding world champion from Payson, Utah, said Saturday night he had earned about $100,000 on MGM Deuces Night. Feild rode the horse for 90 points at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in April 2011; he set an arena record at the 2012 RodeoHouston, matching moves with MGM Deuces Night for 93 points.
In her short lifetime, the mare led cowboys to a lot of big paydays. In her first trip during a PRCA rodeo, she guided five-time NFR qualifier Chris Harris to an 88-point ride to win the West of the Pecos (Texas) Rodeo in 2010 – the two had a rematch in Pecos in 2011, with Harris winning the title again after an 87. Chase Erickson won the 2011 All American Series Finals title with an 88 on MGM Deuces Night.
Third-year pro J.R. Vezain, who went on to qualify for his first NFR, won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo last May after posting an 89 on MGM Deuces Night, out of Night Line and sired by famed stallion Night Jacket. In June, five-time NFR qualifier Steven Dent posted a 91-point ride in Pecos, marking the third straight year the bareback title at that rodeo was earned on the mare.
“She was a special horse, and you could tell she loved to buck,” Carr said. “She was exceptional.”