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The latest edition of ProRodeo Sports News included a wonderful feature on young bucking horses.

What’s great about a piece like that is it shows the tremendous athleticism of these bucking beasts and the bloodlines that are a big piece of the development of these athletes.

The story stands for just a few of the many outstanding young bucking horses in ProRodeo. They are a great symbol.

There are a couple of other great horses that need mentioning, and they belong to the same stock contractor, Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo: Dirty Jacket and MGM Deuces Night. Both of these great animal athletes are fixtures in the TV pen at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, meaning they are the showiest bucking horses in the business and that they are featured in the fifth and 10th rounds of ProRodeo’s championship event.

They have the same daddy, the great Night Jacket, and their genetics shows quite well in the arena. Over the last year or so, both horses have been featured in short go-rounds in Fort Worth and San Angelo and have been in the final-four rounds at RodeoHouston, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and the Justin Boots Championships at the River City Rodeo in Omaha.

Dirty Jacket is an 8-year-old bay gelding who led reigning world champion Kaycee Feild to the short-round win and a share of the average title in Fort Worth; a few weeks later, he matched moves with world standings leader Wes Stevenson to help the seven-time NFR qualifier win the short-round and average title in San Angelo. Oh, and in less than a month, he will buck at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, where he’s been a major partner for the winners each of the last four years.

MGM Dueces Night is a 7-year-old paint/bay mare that has helped cowboys to wins in NFR go-rounds the last three times she’s bucked in Las Vegas — the 10th round in 2010 and the fifth and 10th rounds in 2011. Feild won the final round this past December; it was one of three times the two have done quite well together. Feild and MGM Deuces Night matched moves for 90 points to share the final-round win at the 2011 RNCFR, then just three weeks ago, they set an arena record 93 points at RodeoHouston.

The great thing about rodeo is that you get the opportunity to see exceptional athletes like these. There’s a reason why MGM Deuces Night and Dirty Jacket are part of the talk for PRCA Bareback Riding Horse of the Year.


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