STEPHENVILLE, Texas – Dirty Jacket achieve a level of near perfection that is rarely seen in professional rodeo.
The 9-year-old bay gelding performed in 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events during the 2013 season and helped cowboys to at least a share of round victories nine times. That’s greatness that most cowboys don’t often see, even among the greatest bucking horses in the game.
The latest victor was bareback rider Bill Tutor, a rookie from Huntsville, Texas, who matched moves with Dirty Jacket for 88 points to win the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo on Sunday afternoon in Stephenville. It was the second time this season Tutor has won a rodeo on the great gelding; he also won the Will Rogers Stampede over Memorial Day weekend.
Tutor joins fellow bareback rider George Gillespie of Placerville, Calif., as multiple event winners this season; Gillespie won the Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz., and shared the event title at the Eagle (Colo.) Fair and Rodeo.
“He’s just electric in himself,” said Tutor, who placed second on Dirty Jacket in Eagle in 2012 with an 87-point ride. “He stands out among the other horses. He’s way flashier, but he bucks to where he helps the rider out a lot. You have enough hang time to expose yourself.”
Dirty Jacket will buck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the fifth time in five years. Each year, he’s been featured in the TV pen of horses, considered the most electric animals to be selected to perform in Las Vegas in December.
And here’s the inside scoop: the powerful bay is having the best season of his life. That’s exceptional when considering that in 2012, Dirty Jacket was selected as the runner-up Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse in the PRCA and the Texas Circuit Bareback Horse of the Year.