HENDERSON, Texas – When Pete Carr acquired a longstanding stock contracting company earlier this year, he made a statement in professional rodeo.
The sound has resonated throughout the sport, and those who are closely involved have felt the shockwave. Combined, Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo make up the largest stock contracting firm in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, producing 33 rodeos in 17 states.
“He’s got the best bull pen going,” reigning world champion bull rider Cody Teel said of Carr, who has been nominated for the PRCA’s Stock Contractor of the Year. “He’s got my vote for stock contractor of the year. He really tries to put together a good set of bulls, and it shows. There wasn’t one bull you didn’t want to get on. He gives a guy every opportunity to win.
“I was more anxious for his rodeos this year because of his bulls. You know you’re going to draw pretty good. It showed this year. All his rodeos had a lot of big scores, which shows how good the bulls really are. He definitely has the deepest set of bulls in rodeo.”
Carr and his firms will have that kind of power when they arrive this week for the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17-Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Rusk County Expo Center in Henderson.
“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.”
How good is the product?
In addition to Carr being nominated for one of the 2013 year-end awards, so are three of the rodeos the Carr teams produce: Crosby, Texas, for small rodeo of the year; Crossett, Ark., for medium size rodeo of the year; and Lovington, N.M., for large outdoor rodeo of the year. What’s more impressive is that both Crossett and Lovington took place the first full week of August.
“I think it says a lot about Pete that those two rodeos are up for awards this year when they took place at exactly the same time,” said Scott Grover, a ProRodeo announcer who calls the action in Crossett every year. “I think a lot of it falls on those two committees, of course, but it says so much about the kind of production Pete puts on at every one of his rodeos.”
He’s not the only one who feels that way.
“To have two rodeos the same week in two different states, and they’re both nominated … that’s incredible,” said Andy Stewart, a ProRodeo announcer who calls the action in Lovington; he also has been nominated for 2013 Announcer of the Year. “It shows me that he’s got some of the best stock in rodeo, and he definitely has the best crew going down the road.”
That’s the kind of production Carr will bring to the expo center’s arena. Having the Carr brand in Henderson is one of the reasons some of the top cowboys in the game will find their way to Henderson this week.