HEMPSTEAD, Texas – When fair officials in Waller County wanted to take it’s rodeo to the next level, they had a short list of top stock contractors to consider.
Atop that list was Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo. Pete Carr and his crew are in their second year of preparing a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event that’s part of the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4-Saturday, Oct. 6, in Hempstead.
“I love Pete Carr rodeos, and that’s one of the reasons his name came up first on my list,” said bareback rider Clint Cannon, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Waller, Texas. “He always brings good horses to rodeos. He runs a good show.”
That’s important to guys who ride bucking horses for a living. In saddle bronc riding, bareback riding and bull riding, half the score is given to the athletic animals. Bronc busters know it takes quality mounts if they want to earn the lion’s share of the prize money.
“We know that when we go to one of Pete’s rodeos that you don’t have to get on a piece of junk,” Cannon said. “You know you’re going to have a chance to draw a good horse, and it’s going to come down to who rides best to decide who wins.”
Cowboys seem to get a little more excited when they know Carr Pro Rodeo is going to be the livestock producer at a rodeo.
“Anytime I draw a Pete Carr horse, I know I will probably win money,” said bareback rider Cody DeMers, a four-time NFR qualifier from Kimberly, Idaho. “That’s why I go to his rodeos.”
It doesn’t matter in what event they compete, the contestants know what to expect with Carr animals.
“Pete’s got an eye for good horses and is always trying to make his stock better,” said saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz, a two-time NFR qualifier from Desdemona, Texas. “Pete’s constantly worried about whether we’re happy, which is good. There are a lot of contractors out there who could care less if we’re happy. Pete’s the opposite. He does what he can to keep us happy.
“At most of the smaller rodeos we go to, you don’t have a chance to draw good. At least at Pete’s rodeos, you know you have a good shot of getting on something you can win on. Then it’s just up to you to ride well enough to do it.”
Pete Carr has made his name with bucking horses – Real Deal was named the 2005 Bareback of the Year, and River Boat Annie was selected as the reserve world champion bareback horse in 2007 – but Carr takes great pride in having high quality animals for every event, whether for ropers, steer wrestlers or roughstock cowboys.
“I’ve always tried to get the best animals I can get, whether they’re bulls, horses, calves or steers,” said Carr, owner of the livestock company. “Everybody thinks I’m a horse guy, and I am; but I want to be known as a bull guy, too.”
The contestants see that.
“The bulls are awesome,” said Chandler Bownds, the 2011 rookie of the year from Lubbock, Texas. “Pete brought in some great subcontractors to juice up his great pen of bulls, and there were a bunch of bulls that bucked really hard.”