OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the drawing cards for elite cowboys competing in championship rodeos is the chance to test their talents with unbelievable animal athletes.
For men who ride bareback horses, saddle broncs and bulls, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo is a perfect place to showcase their abilities against many of the greatest bucking beasts in the business. They’ll take their shots during the three-day rodeo, set for April 4-6 at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
“We’ll have good horses there, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Taos Muncy, a two-time world champion from Corona, N.M. “It’s going to be pretty good watching.”
Muncy would love to win the saddle bronc riding national championship, one of the titles that has eluded him. But there are 24 contestants fighting for the prestigious titles in each event, and they’ll all go into battle on some of the greatest animal athletes in the game, including 26 that come from Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo.
This is the first ProRodeo championship event for the two firms since Pete Carr purchased Classic Pro Rodeo last month. The herd features two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bareback Horses of the Year, Real Deal in 2005 and Big Tex in 2010.
In 2011, four-time world champion Bobby Mote won the bareback riding national title after posting a 90-point ride on Big Tex. A year ago, two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Sam Spreadborough posted an 86-point ride on Big Tex to win the RNCFR’s saddle bronc riding title – the bay gelding continues to be one of the top saddle broncs in the game, having just guided Tyler Corrington to the San Antonio championship last month.
“By buying Classic, Pete added a bunch of great horses to his mix,” Muncy said. “Pete’s just trying to make his program really good. It’s unbelievable that we’ll have that many good horses together. It’s going to be amazing.”
Muncy isn’t the only RNCFR qualifier to think so.
“You can’t ask for anything better than to show up at a rodeo and get on that caliber of horses,” said saddle bronc rider Jesse James Kirby, a three-time RNCFR qualifier from Dodge City, Kan. “It’s great that two great firms can come together like that and build a program that’s even bigger and better than it was.”
In all, Carr owns more than 70 animals that have been selected to perform at the NFR, 31 of which bucked in Las Vegas this past December.
“Pete obviously has the intent to have a real quality rodeo company,” said Mote, a 12-time NFR qualifier from Culver, Ore. “He wants to have the kind of horses that cowboys want to get on. I think having those two companies together is going to help some of the rodeos where need more depth in good horses.”
That means a high quality show in each town Carr animals will perform.
“From a cowboy’s standpoint, I think it’s good,” Mote said. “The fact that Pete is the one that is taking over is just going to increase the contestants’ odds when they enter a rodeo, which, in turn, is going to help the committees.”
Animals from Carr Pro Rodeo and
Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo at
Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo
Oklahoma City, April 4-6
Bareback Horses: Real Deal, Dirty Jacket, Alberta Child, Island Girl, Collins Pride, Cool Change, Outa Sight, Wise Guy, Lady’s Man, Good Time Charlie, Rocky, Disco and Ragin Angel.
Saddle Broncs: Miss Congeniality, True Lies, Mike & Ike, Cool Runnings, Empty Pockets, Cowboy Cowtown, Gold Coast, Poker Face and Big Tex.
Bulls: Morning After, Private Eyes, Missing Parts and The Warden.