GUYMON, Okla. – Folks in this neck of the woods love to see one of their own do well at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, especially in saddle bronc riding.
That’s what they got a year ago when Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team alumnus Josh Reynolds won their hometown event last May, matching moves with the Carr Pro Rodeo bronc Simple Man for 86 points to collect the Guymon title for the first time in his career.
“I’m glad to win it here,” said Reynolds of Ekalaka, Mont. “That’s just a good horse.”
That’s true. But Simple Man is just one of many great animals that will be part of this year’s Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8. It’s what the fans expect, and it’s what the firm’s owner, Pete Carr, will bring to town when he brings some of the greatest bucking livestock in the business to town. Not only that, but Carr is soliciting additional top-caliber livestock from Korkow Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co., and Frontier Rodeo Co.
“Pete has always been phenomenal to work with,” said Jim Quimby, chairman of the volunteer rodeo committee that produces the annual event. “He’s a professional to work with, and he has outstanding bucking horses and bulls.”
That’s a glowing endorsement from Texas County, Okla., the Saddle Bronc Riding Capital of the World. Over the years, nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships have been won by bronc riders with ties to the region – Robert Etbauer (2), Billy Etbauer (5), Tom Reeves, Jeffrey Willert and Taos Muncy; all but Billy Etbauer competed in college rodeo at nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
“Pete does a great job of getting us horses we can win on,” said Muncy, a Panhandle State rodeo team alumnus who won the college and PRCA championships in 2007. “He’s got a bunch of great horses. We do what we can to make sure we go to Pete’s rodeos.”
Of course, returning to Guymon is like returning home for the Corona, N.M., cowboy. Four seasons ago when he won gold, his Pioneer Days Rodeo victory was one of the big reasons why.
“That’s always a good rodeo,” Muncy said. “There will be a lot of great horses there.”
One of those will be True Lies, a horse that was selected to buck at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December and the 2011 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo a month ago. The 9-year-old bay gelding already has had an outstanding career.
“True Lies was really good at the Dodge Finals,” Carr said. “Blue Smoke was phenomenal the other day when I bucked him. Empty Pockets is a bronc I’ve got high hopes for. He bucked at Snyder (Texas) the other day. That horse was outstanding.
“Last year they won on Simple Man, and he’ll be back in Guymon again this year.”
So will young guns Private Party and Rising Sun, which, Carr said, have been performing well. But he’s got some stalwarts in Air Miles and Miss Congeniality, both of which bucked at the 2010 NFR.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Cort Scheer, a Panhandle State graduate and Guymon resident who qualified for the NFR for the first time last December. “You dang sure know Pete’s going to have plenty of good horses for us to get on.”