SAN ANTONIO – Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex has earned a lot of accolades in his years as one of the best bucking horses in professional rodeo.
He added another this weekend, being named the top saddle bronc at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, the reigning Indoor Rodeo of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. On Saturday night, Big Tex guided Wade Sundell to the bronc riding title as the two matched moves for 90 points, the highest score posted in the championship round.
“It’s quite an honor for us and for Big Tex,” said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. “That award usually goes to a horse that has bucked more than once in San Antonio, so for Big Tex to get that award says a lot about how well he performed.”
Yes, it was. It marked the second straight year that Big Tex has guided a cowboy to the San Antonio championship – Tyler Corrington won the title in 2013. It also marked the second straight year that Sundell has scored big points on the 14-year-old bay gelding; they matched moves for 91 points last spring as the Iowa cowboy won the title in Houston.
But Big Tex wasn’t the only Carr bronc to have a strong Saturday night in the Alamo City. Spur Strap guided Cort Scheer to 87 points in the final round; Scheer finished in a tie for third place.
In bareback riding, Scarlett’s Web matched moves with Jake Vold and Fancy Free danced with three-time reigning world champion Kaycee Feild for 88 points to finish in a three-way tie with Steven Peebles for the short-round title. Tilden Hooper placed in a tie for fourth place with an 84-point ride on Good Time Charlie.
On Friday night, Carr animals were big-time performers during the final semifinals round of the tournament-style rodeo. Former bareback riding world champion Justin McDaniel won the round in with an 85-point ride on Night Bells, while two-time world titlist Cody Wright posted an 86 on Sweet Maria.
“It was an excellent weekend for us,” Carr said. “On Saturday, they had a special ceremony for Travis, who is retiring after fighting bulls in San Antonio for a long time.”
Travis Adams is the operations manager for Pete Carr Pro Rodeo.
“It was a great deal and very emotional,” Carr said. “I’m really glad they did that for Travis.”