PECOS, Texas – It looks like Dirty Jacket is up to his old tricks.
Clint Cannon is quite happy about it, too.
Cannon, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Waller, Texas, rode Carr Pro Rodeo’s 8-year-old bay gelding for 90 points on Wednesday night to take the bareback riding lead at the West of the Pecos Rodeo.
Of course, Cannon is just one of the greatest bareback riders in ProRodeo who are competing in the west Texas community this week – the field includes several other NFR qualifiers as well as world champions like Kaycee Feild, Bobby Mote and Will Lowe.
But if the score holds up through the four-day rodeo, it will mark the fourth time this season that Dirty Jacket has guided cowboys to rodeo titles – Feild rode the horse to win the short go-round in Fort Worth, Texas, and Feild won the average title, too; Wes Stevenson won the short round in San Angelo, Texas, then won the average championship; and Jeremy Mouton won the event in Bridgeport, Texas, on the great bucking horse.
“This is the best I’ve seen Dirty Jacket,” said Pete Carr, owner of Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo. “He’s been phenomenal.”
Dirty Jacket is one of several of Carr’s great animal athletes that are bucking this week in Buck Jackson Arena. He will buck again Friday night, matching moves with Kyle Brennecke. The West of the Pecos rodeo continues at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.