EAGLE, Colo. – Cowboys have come to expect big things when they arrive for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.
A big reason for that is the amazing livestock from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer for the annual rodeo, set for Wednesday, July 23-Saturday, July 26, at Johnette Phillips Arena on the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Over the years, cowboys and fans have come to expect high scores over the course of the four-night rodeo that rests along the picturesque Rocky Mountains.
“The cool thing about Eagle is everything bucks so well that you never know what’s going to win,” said bareback rider Casey Colletti, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Pueblo, Colo.
The scores prove it. From the Ryan Gray-Grass Dancer match-up in 2009 that resulted in a world record-tying score of 94 points to rides regularly in the high 80s, Eagle is the perfect place for big-time rides.
“Eagle is a pretty special place, even if we’re just talking about the atmosphere,” said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. “The animals just love the weather. It’s really cool for us as well when you figure we’re a Texas livestock company. Getting to go to Eagle in July from this kind of heat in Texas is a nice change for all of us.”
Take last year’s performances, which featured a number of top scores from ProRodeo’s biggest stars. Jesse Wright, the 2012 world champion saddle bronc rider from Milford, Utah, won the rodeo on Carr’s Django, while three-time NFR qualifier Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., won the bull riding title on Carr’s One Bad Cat.
A pair of up-and-coming cowboys shared the bareback riding championship with big rides on two of the greatest bucking horses in the game. George Gillespie IV of Elgin, Ore., matched moves with Dirty Jacket, while third-year pro Richie Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, rode Scarlet’s Web.
Having great animal athletes is the key to all cowboys’ success, and they know they’ll have a good shot at a great payday with the Carr livestock in Eagle.
“Pete has our interests in line,” said Champion, who has been among the top 10 in the world standings much of the 2014 season. “He wants us to have good horses to get on. He’s put in a lot of time to get good horses together, and he has a lot. He has horses that are consistent. He’s one of the guys that have the top animals and hauls them all over the country to give us a chance to win.”
Champion has earned a number of key victories over the last 12 months, including the championship in Guymon, Okla., this past May while aboard Fancy Free, a regular at the NFR. But it doesn’t matter whether it’s amazing bucking horses or bulls, Carr has them at every rodeo.
“Anytime Pete Carr has a rodeo, you know the stock’s going to be great,” said rookie Sage Kimzey, the No. 1 bull rider in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “His bull string is one of the best in the business.”
Whenever the Carr team rolls into town, it’s a winning combination.