Dirty Jacket and Real Deal are two very athletic geldings owned by Pete Carr, and they were two of the biggest stars this past weekend at the Texas Stampede in Allen, Texas.
Wes Stevenson rode Real Deal, and young gun Orin Larsen rode Dirty Jacket; both posted scores of 88 points to share the event title. It marks two straight first-place splits for Real Deal, who led Steven Dent to 89 points and a share of the title in Hempstead, Texas, a little more than a month ago.
That’s pretty good for a horse that was named the Bareback Horse of the Year eight seasons ago and performed at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo eight straight years beginning in 2004. It’s proof that Real Deal is still one of the greatest bucking beasts in the game.
But Dirty Jacket is the story of 2013. In this calendar year, the 9-year-old bay gelding has bucked 11 times. He has led cowboys to at least a share of a go-round title 10 times. Even though the Texas Stampede counts toward the 2014 world standings, it’s quite a phenomenal feat for the 2013 Reserve Bareback Horse of the Year.
Dirty Jacket’s next trip will be in four weeks when he bucks during the fifth go-round at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; he’ll buck again in the 10th round, and all 15 bareback riders in the world championship hope to see their name next to his when the draw is conducted.
He’s just that good.