Broncs and the Texas Stampede

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This is a story I did for Carr Pro Rodeo, which has 26 head of livestock that will be part of the competition at this weekend’s Tom Thumb Texas Stampede.

ALLEN, Texas – Cort Scheer is having a season full of firsts.

The bronc buster from Elsmere, Neb., is also having the best year of his career, and his invitation to compete at the Tom Thumb Texas Stampede is just another indication. He will be among the elite cowboys that are part of the competition, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 12-13, at the Allen Events Center.

“I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, the broncs and the good competition,” said Scheer, who also qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. “The Texas Stampede is going to have good horses there and not to many guys, so it’s going to be the top of the line. When you’re going up against that many guys, you’re going up against he best of the world.”

That’s something Scheer has been working toward in his four years in ProRodeo, finishing the 2009 season 25th in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association saddle bronc riding standings. This season, he finished the regular season No. 7 in the world standings, and he’s reaping the rewards.

He’s one of eight saddle bronc riders who have been asked to compete at the Texas Stampede, a 10-year-old showcase of the best in rodeo. Eight of the top competitors in bronc riding, bareback riding, bull riding and barrel racing will be part of the elite field, and the guys riding bucking beasts will be matched with some of the top animals in the business.

Carr Pro Rodeo will have 26 head of livestock working their bucking magic inside the Allen Events Center. It’s another measure of success for the Dallas-based stock firm.

“Anytime you can be part of something special like the Texas Stampede, it’s an honor,” said Pete Carr, owner of the livestock company. “The fans are going to see the best of the best here, and with the great animals that are part of this, it’s going to be a heck of a show.”

The show will include reigning world champion Jesse Kruse and past champs like Cody Wright, Taos Muncy and Jeffrey Willert; it will also feature Scheer, Heith DeMoss, Cody DeMoss and Bradley Harter, a who’s who among bronc riders traveling the rodeo trail.

“Anytime you have a chance to go to one of Pete’s rodeos, you know you’ll have a horse that you can win on,” said Muncy, the 2007 world champ from Corona, N.M. “This is what we do for a living, so you hope you can get on good horses everywhere you go.”

In Allen, the eight bronc riders will likely see several of Carr’s top horses, like Take The Plunge, Night Moves, Coffee Bean, Simple Man, Mike & Ike, Ginger Snap, Trail Dust and Corner Guard.

“I’ll take any of them, I promise,” Scheer said. “If you draw any of them horses, you’ve got a chance to win. Look at the pedigree behind them, the money that’s won on all of them.

“Typically you go to places, and there will one or two horses you can win on, but that’s not the case at any of Pete Carr’s rodeos. It comes down to who makes the best spur ride is going to win. That’s what you want every time.”


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