WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – To make a marriage strong, it takes equal parts commitment and strength.
In the world of rodeo, a healthy marriage includes so much more. It can all be found in the stock contracting firms of Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the primary livestock producers for the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo, set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, 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).
“Pete Carr has definitely made a big step in the rodeo business,” said saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss, a nine-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Heflin, La. “When he purchased Classic earlier this year was a very good move on his part. He’s got a lot more rodeos, and he’s got most of the best bucking barebacks in rodeo.
“It will be hard for him to not be Stock Contractor of the Year when a guy puts that much into his rodeos and his animals.”
Carr Pro Rodeo has been established as one of the top livestock firms in the country; this past spring, Carr acquired Classic, a company that has been around for better than 22 years. The marriage has been blessed by the elite cowboys in the game.
“That’s just a big move in rodeo, and we’re all pretty glad that we can go to one of his rodeos and know we’re going to get on something pretty good,” DeMoss said. “It’ll be real hard to win all of those rodeos, because everybody’s going to have a good horse.”
That’s impressive. Bronc riders make their livings riding wild horses, so it’s important to know they’ve got a shot at winning money every time they go to a rodeo.
“Whenever I look at the list of rodeos, I make my plan, and I’ll go out of my way as long as I have a chance to draw quality stock,” said Harter, a seven-time NFR qualifier from Weatherford, Texas. “Every chance we get to go to rodeos Pete Carr does, we’re going to do what we can to make it.”
A lot goes into the type of shows the Carr firms produce. In addition to having excellent bucking stock, Pete Carr has all the resources necessary to provide amazing entertainment.
“I’m combining two of the best crews in rodeo to form one of the greatest rodeo companies,” Carr said. “I’m excited about the new opportunities that are ahead for the company. 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.”
That’s a major factor in why cowboys loving going to Carr-produced rodeos.
“There are a lot of rodeos that are going to be hard to beat because of what Pete Carr brings to the table,” said bareback rider Steven Peebles, a four-time NFR qualifier from Redmond, Ore. “Pete has raised the bar in rodeo. He’ll have better horses and better production.”