HENDERSON, Texas – Why is the Rusk County PRCA Rodeo such a popular event for folks in east Texas?
Primarily it’s because of the work put in by the volunteer committee that organizes the annual event, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16-Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Rusk County Expo Center in Henderson.
“This is a small town in a small county,” said Ron Yandle, the committee’s chairman. “We have a covered arena and a really nice arena for this size market rodeo that we do.”
Still, it’s the action inside the arena that is the big attraction. For that, the committee leans on ProRodeo contestants and the staff of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, which produces the three-day event.
“To be able to have someone like Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, everyone knows he’s got the good livestock and people know the name and recognize the name,” Yandle said. “They know they’re going to get a good rodeo when they come to the Rusk County Rodeo.”
The Carr name is well established in the sport. A season ago, 27 animals were selected to perform at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the sport’s grand finale that takes place each December in Las Vegas. That’s a record number of animals from one livestock contractor.
In addition, several Carr animals have been selected as the very best in the game, from world champion bucking horses Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night to Dirty Jacket, which has been selected as one of the top three bareback horses in the world each of the past two seasons.
“We’re really happy to have Pete Carr,” Yandle said. “He puts on more rodeos than anybody in the United States. Everything that he and his crew do is professional and top of the line.
“Pete is more laid back than any other stock contractor we’ve had, and he has the people who know how to run a rodeo. They know what they’re doing. If we throw a glitch in there on them, they work around it. He and his staff don’t stress out over anything we’ve ever thrown at them. They’re just really easy to work with.”
It makes a difference in the type of competition that takes place inside the arena. More importantly, it makes for a better show for the fans.
That’s what the Carr crew is all about.