CROSBY, Texas – Southeast Texas is home to some of the greatest stars in professional rodeo.
That status will grow even stronger during the Crosby Fair and Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20-Saturday, June 22, at Rock’n C Arena. In addition to the hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls who will take part in the competition, the rodeo also will showcase some of the greatest animal athletes in the game.
The rodeo will be produced by Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, two of the elite livestock contractors in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
“Pete has such an array of horse now that no matter where he goes, he will have it to where everybody has a chance to win money,” said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Heflin, La.. “It’s a riding contest instead of a drawing contest, and that’s what Pete’s got in his mind to do. I’m behind him all the way.”
Whether they’re champion buckers like Big Tex, Real Deal, Good Time Charlie, River Boat Annie, Wise Guy or Dirty Jacket, Carr animals have been recognized by the cowboys as the very best in rodeo.
“I love Pete Carr rodeos, and that’s one of the reasons his name came up first on my list,” said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Waller, Texas. “He always brings good horses to rodeos. He runs a good show.”
Carr productions feature an electric atmosphere, filled with outstanding bucking horses and bulls. The key is that as owner, Pete Carr does what it takes to get the best livestock in the sport – whether purchasing a seasoned veteran or maintaining a formidable breeding program on the ranch in east Texas.
“I’m excited about where we have come and where we are going in regards to our breeding program,” Carr said. “Over the years, I’ve gone out and acquired the best animals I could find because I wanted to produce the best rodeos possible. Now with the breeding program we able to start working in some of our young up and coming featured animals and pick up some stars along the way. ”
The biggest names in the sport have noticed that, too.
“For years, a breeding program was just putting a stud out there in the pasture, then bucking all those colts,” Cannon said. “In the old days, it was a numbers game just like the military. You’d send as many as you could to the beach, then you win the war. In rodeo, you buck all your horses and see what bucks best.
“Now they’re putting attention to detail. They develop them into athletes.”
When Carr colts grow up, they have the genetics and the tender, loving care to become the next generation of superstars.
“Pete sure enough has a bunch of great horses,” said bareback rider Will Lowe, a three-time world champion from Canyon, Texas. “You dang sure know you’d better be ready when you get on one of Pete’s horses.”