By Ted Harbin, Wrangler Network contributor
Pete Carr Pro Rodeo
No other stock contractor in the PRCA has taken more animals to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo than Pete Carr over the last three years.
This year’s Carr herd was 22 strong, and they were powerful inside the Thomas & Mack Center during the 10-night championship. In all, cowboys won $173,814 on the backs of Carr bucking horses and bulls. That included three go-round victories.
Quite possibly the biggest win for any cowboy came in Round 10: bareback rider Steven Peebles of Redmond, Ore., rode Good Time Charlie to share the round title with Tanner Aus and Tim O’Connell. Peebles earned in the final round of the 2015 season propelled the Oregon cowboy to his first world title, thanks in large part to that $20,872 payout.
Peebles finished $13,523 ahead of Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, who had earned the previous four gold buckles. That made Peebles’ winning ride on Good Time Charlie quite possibly the biggest ride of his 2015 season.
Saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley of Boerne, Texas, also utilized a strong final-round ride on a Carr
horse to secure his first world title. Crawley rode Big Tex for 81.5 points to finish atop the average race, and that $67,269 payout pushed his Wrangler NFR earnings to $157,385. His more than $276,000 in 2015 helped the Texan outlast runner-up Wade Sundell of Coleman, Okla., but just $3,000.
There were a couple of other key round wins on Carr animals that made a difference in 2015. In fact, 2012 world champion bull rider Cody Teel won the third round on Carr’s Lineman, a bull that had bucked off Teel during the 10th round in 2014. This marked the second straight year Lineman had guided a cowboy to the Round 3 victory; two-time champ Sage Kimzey won the third round in 2014 aboard the 7-year-old black-and-white paint.
Teel rode eight bulls and clinched his second average title. He finished as the reserve world champion, second only to Kimzey.
Second-generation bucker Painted River helped bareback rider Jake Brown of Hillsboro, Texas, to the sixth-round victory with an 86.5-point marking. Painted River is by the paint stud Korczak, which has bucked at the Wrangler NFR in both bareback riding and saddle bronc riding.
Painted River’s dam is River Boat Annie, the 2007 reserve world champion bareback horse that has been selected to buck at the Wrangler NFR 11 times in her storied career. She has guided cowboys to numerous round titles over the years.
Painted River is the first ranch-raised bucking horse to be selected to buck at the finale, and she proved her breeding and talent in the process. Not only did she help Brown collect his only Wrangler NFR paycheck, she was named the rank horse of the sixth round. Betty Boop, another bareback horse in her first trip to Las Vegas, was the rank horse of Round 1.
That’s what cowboys have come to expect with Carr animals. Not only are they rank, but they are key factors in winning big paydays.