SILVERTON, Texas – When the organizers of the annual Buck Wild Days Rodeo decided to take their event to the ranks of ProRodeo, there were some skeptics in the Texas Panhandle.
They’re not skeptical anymore.
Now they’re ready to take it up another notch by improving the product during this year’s rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18-Saturday, Aug. 20. The key ingredient is the overall production of the rodeo, organized by the hard-working crew from Carr Pro Rodeo.
“I think everybody was tickled to death with last year’s rodeo,” said Pete Carr, owner the Dallas-based livestock firm that produced the rodeo. “Our whole team did really well, and you couldn’t tell this was the first time this rodeo had been part of the PRCA. The fans got to see a heck of a show.”
The fans should expect to see it again this August when the Buck Wild Days Rodeo kicks off its second year as part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. In its inaugural year in the PRCA, the rodeo was loaded with some of the best talent in the game.
The crowning moments might just be in the list of high-profile names of the contestants who won the titles: bareback rider Wes Stevenson, a six-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; saddle bronc rider Cody Taton, the 2008 NFR average winner; bull rider Howdy Cloud, a three-time NFR qualifier; team ropers Luke Brown (three times) and Martin Lucero (13 times), regular fixtures at ProRodeo’s championship; and steer roper Scott Snedecor, a two-time world champion.
The foundation laid in the first year in the PRCA is something organizers plan to build upon for years go come.
“I think it was outstanding,” rodeo committee chairman Ken Wood said of the 2010 rodeo. “I don’t know how it can be better, but they say it can. The folks from Carr Pro Rode stepped up our rodeo. The production was great.
“I’ve been to a lot of rodeos, and everybody had a chance to not just place, but a chance to win first place. I’ve never seen that anywhere. From a contestant’s point of view, you can’t always ask for that. But a chance to win first at a rodeo no matter when you’re out or what you drew, you knew you had that opportunity. That’s outstanding.”
While the Carr crew played an integral part in the overall success, the company’s owner kept putting the attention back to the local volunteers who spend their year planning for the event.
“There’s a reason why this rodeo has been good and why they decided to make it a PRCA event,” Carr said. “What a great committee. They were very hospitable. They were great to work with. Every time we turned around, they were asking what they could do to make their rodeo better.”
What’s even more impressive is that the community bands together to try to produce an event that will bring in crowds from all over the Texas Panhandle. Of course, this year’s event will feature Troy Lerwill, one of the top acts in rodeo, and great announcers like Ken Stonecipher and Andy Stewart.
“I was just very impressed how large of an event you can have in such a small town with only a few committee members,” Carr said. “We were so privileged to be part of their inaugural PRCA rodeo. That place was standing room only on Saturday night; people came from everywhere.
“It was just amazing what that committee pulled off.”