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Pioneer Days Rodeo will be the home of Carr’s top bulls


GUYMON, Okla. – The list of bull riders at the 2011 Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo is like a who’s who of the top bull riders in ProRodeo.

World champions and other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers will be mixed with up-and-coming rising stars in the game, men who are chasing their dreams to walk away from the season with world champion’s hardware. That’s the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

It’s where they’ll match their skills against some of the greatest bulls in the game during the four performances, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

“My bull herd’s come around in the last year or two,” said Pete Carr, whose Carr Pro Rodeo is the primary stock contractor in Guymon for the fourth straight year. “Kickapoo Warrior is bull I have that I think will be really good. Blues Man is probably my rankest young bull. In Guymon, I’ll also have Charlie’s Bandito, Fletch and, of course, Black Gold.”

            Black Gold is a money-maker for cowboys. In 2009, he led Corey Navarre of Weatherford, Okla., to an NFR round win and a check for more than $17,000. Last December, Clayton Williams of Carthage, Texas, matched moves with the 7-year-old beast for 87 points, good enough for third place in the sixth go-round and $10,451 – Williams also rode Black Gold at RodeoHouston in 2010, scoring 91 points.

            “He turns back in the gate every time, and when the rider falls off, he just stops and walks out,” Carr said. “He knows his job and likes it. Black Gold bucks hard every time. He’s been pretty consistent, which is what you want in a bull like that.”

            Just a month ago, Tater Hins of Huron, S.D., won the second go-round at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo with an 84 on Black Gold. He won $4,525. Hins finished fourth in money won at the DNCFR with $6,170. Carr also had Charlie’s Bandito in Oklahoma City, and the bull was unridden.

            “I got on one of Pete’s bulls last year at Guymon, and I should’ve ridden it,” said Nathan Klassen, a former Prairie Circuit champion from Broken Arrow, Okla. “What I’ve seen look good. You couldn’t ask for a better one than I got on last year.”

            A number of the top cowboys have seen the work Carr has done to improve his heard, and they like what they see. Throw in that Carr has solicited help from other contractors to produce the Guymon event, and you can see the commitment to providing fans with the best bucking action in the sport – Korkow Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co., Powder River Rodeo Co. and Frontier Rodeo Co. will also be on hand with their animal athletes.       

“The great thing about Pete is that he went out and bought some new bulls,” said three-time and reigning world champion J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas. “He’s actually trying to get a better bull herd, which is more than you can say for a lot of stock contractors.”

            Has Carr learned a few things over the last few years?

            “I don’t know if I’ve learned any more about the bulls over the year, but I think there are lots of bulls out there,” Carr said. “The market is more saturated with high quality bulls, and we’ve had an emphasis on futurity bulls and bloodlines. There are a lot better bulls available for me.”




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GUYMON, Okla. – Folks in this neck of the woods love to see one of their own do well at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, especially in saddle bronc riding.

That’s what they got a year ago when Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team alumnus Josh Reynolds won their hometown event last May, matching moves with the Carr Pro Rodeo bronc Simple Man for 86 points to collect the Guymon title for the first time in his career.

“I’m glad to win it here,” said Reynolds of Ekalaka, Mont. “That’s just a good horse.”

That’s true. But Simple Man is just one of many great animals that will be part of this year’s Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8. It’s what the fans expect, and it’s what the firm’s owner, Pete Carr, will bring to town when he brings some of the greatest bucking livestock in the business to town. Not only that, but Carr is soliciting additional top-caliber livestock from Korkow Rodeo, Powder River Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co., and Frontier Rodeo Co.

“Pete has always been phenomenal to work with,” said Jim Quimby, chairman of the volunteer rodeo committee that produces the annual event. “He’s a professional to work with, and he has outstanding bucking horses and bulls.”

That’s a glowing endorsement from Texas County, Okla., the Saddle Bronc Riding Capital of the World. Over the years, nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships have been won by bronc riders with ties to the region – Robert Etbauer (2), Billy Etbauer (5), Tom Reeves, Jeffrey Willert and Taos Muncy; all but Billy Etbauer competed in college rodeo at nearby Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

“Pete does a great job of getting us horses we can win on,” said Muncy, a Panhandle State rodeo team alumnus who won the college and PRCA championships in 2007. “He’s got a bunch of great horses. We do what we can to make sure we go to Pete’s rodeos.”

Of course, returning to Guymon is like returning home for the Corona, N.M., cowboy. Four seasons ago when he won gold, his Pioneer Days Rodeo victory was one of the big reasons why.

“That’s always a good rodeo,” Muncy said. “There will be a lot of great horses there.”

One of those will be True Lies, a horse that was selected to buck at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December and the 2011 Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo a month ago. The 9-year-old bay gelding already has had an outstanding career.

“True Lies was really good at the Dodge Finals,” Carr said. “Blue Smoke was phenomenal the other day when I bucked him. Empty Pockets is a bronc I’ve got high hopes for. He bucked at Snyder (Texas) the other day. That horse was outstanding.

“Last year they won on Simple Man, and he’ll be back in Guymon again this year.”

So will young guns Private Party and Rising Sun, which, Carr said, have been performing well. But he’s got some stalwarts in Air Miles and Miss Congeniality, both of which bucked at the 2010 NFR.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Cort Scheer, a Panhandle State graduate and Guymon resident who qualified for the NFR for the first time last December. “You dang sure know Pete’s going to have plenty of good horses for us to get on.”




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GUYMON, Okla.- Jim and Maggie Zinser built a reputation of having outstanding bucking horses.

Pete Carr has seen that, and when he developed Carr Pro Rodeo, he knew where to go to strengthen his herd. Some of the greatest cowboys in ProRodeo have seen Carr's commitment to top stock, and that's one of the reasons they continue to find their way to rodeos Carr produces. That's why seeing great bloodlines created by the Zinsers has been a boon for rodeo.

Over the last few years, Carr invested in offspring from the great bucking horse Night Jacket, which was purchased from the Zinsers by Lancaster & Pickett Rodeo Co. for $200,000 in 2009. At the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, 16 horses by Night Jacket were a big part of the field.

"I have been amazed for more than 25 years of the quality of livestock that have come off of their ranch," Pete Carr said about the Zinsers' contribution. "There is no doubt that Night Jacket has made a huge impact on the world of rodeo. When you get the right combination with the mares, he has proved to be a great producer of outstanding colts."

Carr had three Night Jacket colts at the NFR: Dirty Jacket, Deuces Night and Outa Sight. All were outstanding inside the Thomas & Mack Center, just as they've been at every arena in which they starred in 2010. They'll all be back in Guymon for the Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.

"If you look at the NFR stock roster, you can see Pete Carr's loaded," said D.V. Fennell, a two-time bareback riding qualifier to the NFR. "That's not just me saying that. That's 16 of the top bareback riders in the world. He's got superstars."

Carr has had great bucking horses since he first dipped into ProRodeo in 2005. In fact, Real Deal, a 12-year-old brown gelding, was named the 2005 Bareback Riding Horse of the Year. Riverboat Annie, an 11-year-old red roan mare, was the 2007 runner-up to the world champion bareback horse. While the list of outstanding bareback horses is long, Carr Pro Rodeo has plenty of great animals for saddle bronc riders, too.

"I'll take any of them, I promise," said Cort Scheer, an Oklahoma Panhandle State University rodeo team alumnus who finished fourth in saddle bronc riding last season. "If you draw any of them horses, you've got a chance to win. Look at the pedigree behind them, the money that's won on all of them.

            "Typically you go to places, and there will one or two horses you can win on, but that's not the case at any of Pete Carr's rodeos. It comes down to who makes the best spur ride is going to win. That's what you want every time."

            The 2011 Pioneer Days Rodeo marks the sixth straight year Carr has had his top-flight stock in Guymon, the fourth year he's been the primary stock contractor.

            "You can go down the list of any horse Pete has, and you're going to look at the kinds of horses you want to get on every time," said Taos Muncy, the 2007 bronc riding world champion who also won the college title earlier that season competing for Panhandle State. "You look forward to going to his rodeos, because he will have NFR horses in every performance."

            Carr Pro Rodeo will be assisted in providing stock at Guymon by Powder River Rodeo Co., D&H Cattle Co.; Frontier Rodeo Co.; and Korkow Rodeo. Between those firms, there will be outstanding bucking beasts during each of the four performances spread out over three days.

            "We know that with Pete Carr, he's going to do everything in his power to make our rodeo the best that it can be," said Ken Stonecipher, Pioneer Days Rodeo's production manager. "We work hard to have a great rodeo and make it one that cowboys want to compete in and want to see in person. We know how important it is to have great stock, especially in Guymon.

"The great thing with Pete is that he knows what our fans want, and he brings it."





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CLAREMORE, Okla. - Dawn and David Petty weren't really that interested in getting into the rodeo scoreboard business.

“Originally we got into it because we were trying to get a scoreboard for the Will Rogers Stampede," said Dawn Petty, a third-generation member of the volunteer committee that produces the Claremore rodeo. "It just turned into David jumping in and buying one, and with our understanding as a rodeo committee, the need to have this and at an affordable rate, we found our way into the scoreboard business."

"We know how difficult it is to come up with the sponsorship money to put on the rodeo year after year, but we also think having a scoreboard is necessary in this day and age. We're able to offer our services to other rodeo committees at a reasonable price."

But the payoff comes every Memorial Day weekend when the Pettys join other volunteers in producing one of the biggest events to hit Rogers County each year - David is the rodeo's chairman, and Dawn is the scoreboard operator .

            This year the Pettys are providing another dimension to fans that are itching for more visual input from an already outstanding show - a giant video board, which will be put on display during each of the three performance set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27-Sunday, May, 29.

            "We have a complete timing system and two professional video cameras," David Petty said. "This is about more than rodeo, but rodeo is the backbone of what we do. The video gives fans instant replays and clips, and it gives sponsors a way to send their message with commercials. It's something you want to see."

            Combined with the action of the Will Rogers Stampede, there's a lot packed into a weekend of rodeo.

            "Working this rodeo means the world to me," Dawn Petty said. "Claremore is my hometown, and both sides of my family were born and raised in Rogers County. For David and I to be on the road as much as we are, we count on our family a lot. I love that we can have the video board here for our family and friends to see. I think when they see it at this year's rodeo, they're really going to love it."

            The Pettys have had an LED board for several years, and for 2011, they upgraded to the video board. They still provide the LED board for those rodeos that wish to use it, but they expanded to the video screen in an effort to compete in a tough market. It also allows the Pettys to team with local businesses to have a family movie night.

            "We can show a highlight reel of what had happened previously, and if a committee wants to show highlight clips from other special events they do, we're able to help with that," Dawn Petty said. "There's a lot to learn with a new video board because it can just do so much more, and we can also provide our committees a lot more with video and instant replay."

            The Pettys work about 24 rodeos a year, including the Will Rogers Stampede, where both are heavily involved in the production of the annual event. They do it because they love the sport, something each has been associated with almost all of their lives.  

            "It's year-round, and we enjoy it," she said. "We love the people. It's like a giant extended family everywhere you go."

            That family is growing, and so is its fan base. Rodeo's quality family fun has existed for years, but the Pettys are tapping into ways to improve on the overall entertainment value with the video board.

            "The board brings so much more to the rodeo," Dawn Petty said. "It's great for the people who aren't everyday rodeo people, who might not know all the stars in our game. The scoreboard is able to connect the fans with the contestants when they can look at that profile and learn more about that athlete and watch the replay of the great animal athletes as well, it just helps put folks on the edge of their seats"





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