By Ted Harbin, Wrangler Network contributor
At 11 years old, the Pete Carr Pro Rodeo horse is at the prime of his life and is showing it. For the second straight year, he is honored as the PRCA Bareback Horse of the Year, and it’s for good reason. The talented bay gelding, sired by legendary stallion Night Jacket, is the horse bareback riders crave to ride.
In rodeo, scores in the 90s are the watermark for excellence because high-marked rides are a reflection of great athleticism by both the cowboy and the bucking animal. No other horse has been better in 2015 than Dirty Jacket, who guided cowboys to scores of 90 or better four times: Jessy Davis, 93 in San Angelo, Texas; Ryan Gray, 92 in Pecos, Texas; Winn Ratliff, 90 in Weatherford, Texas; and Richmond Champion, 90 in Eagle, Colo.
“He’s just a great animal,” said Gray, an eight-time NFR qualifier. “You can guarantee he’s going to perform at his best every time. He’s going to give you a chance to win first; that’s the neat thing about that horse.” That’s why he’s the best bucking horse in ProRodeo today.
Photo 1: Richie Champion on Dirty Jacket
Photo 2: Richie Champion rides Dirty Jacket and wins during 2014 WNFR Round 5
Ryan Gray on Dirty Jacket.
Dirty Jacket during Round 5 of the 2014 Wrangler NFR.