DALLAS – No other horse has had a better win record in 2013 than Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket.
In 10 trips this past season, the 9-year-old bay gelding led bareback riders to at least a share of the go-round victory nine times. Bareback riders realize he’s one of the greatest animals in their discipline, which is why he was voted as the Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse in the 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association season.
“He’s the perfect bucking horse, because he loves what he does and he’s excited when it’s time to buck,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo. “He ready when he gets to the chute, and he stands there until the gate opens; then he has a big leap in the air and bucks hard every time.
“When the whistle blows, he lines out with the pickup man and allows the guys to get off without any problem. He’s the kind of horse all the bareback riders want to draw, because they know that as long as they don’t stub their toe, they’re going to win.”
How good was Dirty Jacket? In 2012, he was the runner-up Reserve World Champion, recognized as one of the top three bareback horses in the sport. He’s moved up one spot this year, and there’s a good reason for it.
Ryan Gray shared the final-round win in Fort Worth, as did Jared Keylon in the championship round at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo; J.R. Vezain won the title in San Antonio, then Bill Tutor claimed the championship on him in Claremore, Okla. In Pecos, Texas, rookie Taylor Price rode Dirty Jacket for the win, and a week later, George Gillispie won the title in Window Rock, Ariz.
In mid-July, Gillespie followed that with sharing the championship in Eagle, Colo. A few weeks later, Jessy Davis matched moves with the big bay to win in Lovington, N.M., then Tutor posted another winning ride the final weekend of the season in Stephenville, Texas.
“There’s not another one like that horse,” said bareback rider Jared Keylon, a 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Uniontown, Kan. “Just the sheer ability to stand flat-footed and jump that high in the air is incredible. Just his athleticism alone is so impressive.”
“That horse is as good an athlete as any cowboy going down the road. When I nodded my head, it felt like we leaped 10 feet off the ground. That was the coolest horse to mark out in the world, because he shoots straight up. The way he’s built, he almost cradles you, almost saddles you up under the rigging. He almost spurs himself with the way he bucks. It was awesome.”
There are many cowboys who feel that way.
“He’s electric and explosive,” Gray said. “He’s pretty rider-friendly, but he’s also fast and electric at the same time. He’s a pretty impressive horse. He’s just gotten stronger, which makes him even better now.”