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McCoy looking forward to supporting Atlantic's Relay for Life


ATLANTIC, Iowa - Whether he was racing around the world as a reality TV star or chasing elusive world championships, Cord McCoy has always reached out to others.

Things won't be any different when he returns to southwest Iowa for the second annual Cord McCoy PBR Challenge, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Cass County Fairgrounds. In fact, the Professional Bull Riders athlete will take time away from his preparation in order to show his appear at the Atlantic Relay for Life, set for 6-10:30 p.m. that evening at the Atlantic High School Track.

"I just want to be there to show my support for all those people who are raising money for the American Cancer Society," said McCoy, who starred two seasons on the CBS-TV reality series "The Amazing Race" with his brother, Jet. "Relay for Life is an awesome event, and it helps in the fight against cancer."

This isn't the first time McCoy has been involved in raising money for such a worthy cause. In fact, he's had a giving nature almost all of his life.

"Last year during my bull riding in Ada (Okla.), we had the Pink Tie Affair, and with that we raised money for the Relay for Life there," McCoy said. "When you realize you're fighting cancer, you know that it's going to take a lot. We know it's going to take a lot of people to beat the race against cancer."

McCoy has a number of ties to southwest Iowa. His father, Denny, was raised around Villisca, and last November, he married the former Sara Best of Brayton. It's quite easy for the McCoys to find their way back to this area from their home near Tupelo, Okla.

"This is an awesome place to be, and I've got a lot of family around here," said McCoy, one of the fan favorites in the PBR. "We're busy traveling and all the other things that go into what I do for a living, but I always like coming back here.

"This is a lot like home to me, and it feels like home to me."

With that, he wants to continue giving to a worthwhile cause, and helping the fight against such a deadly disease through the American Cancer Society is as worthwhile as they come.

"I've been blessed to make a living doing something I really love, whether it's on the ranch in little ol' Tupelo, Oklahoma, or riding bulls all over the world," McCoy said. "I want to try to figure out a way to where people coming to the bull riding will have the opportunity to donate to Relay for Life.

"It's a big enough deal to me that I want it to be a big deal to the bull riding fans, too."



Bronc riders itching to get on Carr horses in Pecos


PECOS, Texas - The West of the Pecos Rodeo wasn't the first event saddle bronc rider Jace Garrett has won in his three-year ProRodeo career.

It wasn't even his first victory of the 2010 season; the Alliance, Neb., cowboy had a couple of key victories under his belt before he arrived in west Texas last June, but his win in Pecos might've been one of the most important rides of the season for Garrett, who finished 20th in the world standings.

"It was a real confidence-booster for sure," said Garrett, who won the National High School Finals Rodeo championship in 2005. "Pecos has been a pretty good rodeo, and I'd done well there before, but last year was definitely a confidence-booster for me and the way my season went.

"It was the first PRCA buckle I've won, so that was pretty cool."

Garrett rode the Carr Pro Rodeo bronc True Lies for 88 points to win the 2010 title, and he will try to defend his title during one of the four performances of this year's rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22-Saturday, June 25.

"That's a sweet horse," Garrett said of True Lies, which was selected by the top bronc riders to buck at the 2010 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. "He's a little bay horse that just bucks. He's really nice and fun, real electric feeling. Everybody that gets on him loves him."

That's saying something for the 9-year-old gelding, which was purchased 17 months ago by Pete Carr, the owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm. Now that True Lies is getting settled in at the Carr's ranch in Athens, Texas, everyone in rodeo is expecting something special out of that horse and the many other great broncs wearing the Rafter C brand.

"I bought that horse last January, and I've been pretty impressed with what I've seen," Carr said.

So have the contestants who travel the country testing their skills against the greatest horses in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. There are many reasons they flock to rodeos where Carr Pro Rodeo animals are bucking.

"I'll take any of them, I promise," said Cort Scheer, the sixth-ranked bronc rider this season who just completed his first venture to the NFR in Las Vegas. "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 bronc riders are expecting great things, but that's what they've come to expect for the Texas-based livestock provider.

            "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 world champion who is fifth in the world standings this season. "You look forward to going to his rodeos, because he will have NFR horses in every performance."

            That thought process seems to be a developing theme among the greatest cowboys in the game.

            "I really like going to Pete's rodeos," Garrett said. "I usually get on something good, which is what you want at every rodeo you go to."





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PECOS, Texas - Bryan Richardson is quite proud to be a Texan.

Dallas born and raised, his grin displays the type of statehood pride that could compare to the Lone Star flag. To Richardson, a bull rider who has qualified three times to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, being a cowboy in Texas is just a way of life, and winning in Texas is almost as important as winning that coveted world championship.

"Of all the buckles I've won in my career, the buckle I got for winning Pecos last year is the one I wear," said Richardson, who rode the Carr Pro Rodeo bull Sippin Jack for 89 points to win the 2010 West of the Pecos Rodeo. "It actually meant a lot for me to win that rodeo. That's the oldest rodeo in the world, and it's a prestigious rodeo, just for the Texas Circuit alone.

"I've been going to that rodeo since my rookie season (in 2000), but I'd never done any good. It didn't matter to me, because I came back every year. It was nice to finally get to win that rodeo."

The 129th edition of the West of the Pecos Rodeo will have four performances set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22-Saturday, June 25. Not only will it feature most of the top bull riders in rodeo, it will also feature outstanding bulls from Dallas-based Carr Pro Rodeo.

"I take a lot of pride in having the kind of animals the cowboys want to get on," said Pete Carr, owner of the livestock firm that produces the annual Pecos rodeo. "The fans come to see a good rodeo, and I think having good animals to get on gives us a better opportunity to draw the best cowboys in the world when they have a choice on which rodeos to enter. Together that makes it a great experience for the paying customers.  

"We will keep striving to improve our herds every year because we want to attract the best cowboys to come to these rodeos."

The contestants see that, too.

"Pete Carr cares about our opinion," Richardson said. "He wants to keep us happy, and he knows how to do it. A lot of contractors won't try. They just want a bunch of working bulls that can go out there and buck a bunch of times a year.

"Pete understands that nowadays, the bull business is what it is. You can get a really good bull for not a lot of money, and then you're going to get the good cowboys to come to your rodeo and compete on those bulls."

The key ingredient in making a living in bull riding is consistency. The cowboys who have the highest riding percentage tend to have the lion's share of the money. But contestants know there are plenty of tests out there in the world of rodeo. Since half the equation in bull riding comes from the animal, cowboys realize getting on top quality livestock is crucial.

"Pete Carr, in general, is a great stock contractor," said D.J. Domangue, a three-time NFR qualifier from Wharton, Texas. "He spends a lot of money and tries real hard to try to improve his stock. He's already got great horses, and he is trying to put together a good pen of bulls.

"Plus he's a great guy, and that's hard to come by when you're talking about stock contractors in rodeo. He listens to the cowboys. He wants to know what we think, and he wants our opinions. He wants to get the top guys."





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PECOS, Texas - One of the greatest all-around hands in ProRodeo has never won the gold buckle worn by world champions.

That's OK for Paul Peterson, a member of the Carr Pro Rodeo team and pickup man who will be on hand inside Buck Jackson Arena during all four performances of the West of the Pecos Rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22-Saturday, June 25.

"Paul might be the greatest all-around cowboy in the PRCA when you look at the whole package from inside the arena and out," said Pete Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock firm that is producing the West of the Pecos Rodeo. "I think he actually competed in five or six events in college. He's definitely the best I've had the pleasure of working with.

"He's just been very successful and consistent at every level of rodeo throughout his career.  Whether he was competing, flanking, working cattle, filling in as part-time veterinarian or picking up some of the biggest rodeos in the PRCA, including working the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times. Between Paul and Guy Allen, they are much more than pickup men when it comes to putting on our rodeos. They are an integral part of our team; they know what it takes and when things need to happen to get the job done."

Yes, that Guy Allen, owner of 18 steer roping world championships and one of the handiest men with a rope in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. 

"The great thing about Guy is that he pays a lot of attention to what's gong on, and he really wants to do a good job all of the time," Peterson said.

Peterson and Allen work together several times a year, and in Pecos, they'll be joined by veteran pickup man Shandon Stalls. It's a way for some of the most talented men in the sport to make the rodeo click; more importantly, it serves a valuable purpose in corralling the animals in such a large arena.

"In that ‘pasture' there, you can't be late," Peterson said, noting the tremendous size of Buck Jackson Arena. "You've got to anticipate where the animals are going. It helps that I know most of Pete's horses, so I know the patterns most of them will have when they buck."

The work the Carr crew has done in the arena has been noticed by those close to the rodeo.

"I was a brand new president, and he Pete asked me about the one thing we needed to do to make our rodeo better," said Joe Keese, president of the volunteer committee that produces the 129th annual rodeo. "We have an arena that is bigger than most states, and our rodeo was running three hours or longer because we spend so much time trying to get the animals out of the arena after they buck.

"Now we don't play chase nearly as much as we did in the past. With Pete's staff and the professional way they produce our rodeo, we can do an entire rodeo in an hour and a half to two hours. That's the value of the pickup men in an arena our size."

            It's an attribute of being good cowboys, where hard work is mandatory and understanding livestock is a necessity.

            "We've tried it with four pickup men there, and that's too many," Peterson said. "We use usually just three, and the guys we always have there are guys you don't have to worry about.

            "You want to get the best guys you can get in there, because one little screw up, and you're busy chasing horses all over that pasture. It doesn't take very many trips to the back end of that son of a buck before you're out of a horse."

            Peterson's professionalism is easily recognized, and the contestants have seen his expertise on a regular basis. Peterson takes great pride in being selected as an NFR pickup man, a post voted on by the top bareback and bronc riders who play the game.
            "Paul is one of the greatest cowboys in rodeo, bar none," said bareback rider D.V. Fennell, a two-time NFR qualifier from Porum, Okla. "That dude's a hand, and you feel a lot more comfortable crawling over that bucking chute knowing he's in the arena to take care of you."

            Raised in northeastern Oklahoma, cowboy has been in Peterson's blood all his life. It's what he used to excel through the competitive ranks of rodeo, which carried him to a scholarship at Panhandle State University. He finished as high as 16th in the world standings in saddle bronc riding, but only the top 15 qualify for ProRodeo's championship.

            Still, he's used every lesson to his advantage, whether working on his place in the Texas Panhandle or being in position to help corral a feisty bull or bronc inside Buck Jackson Arena.

            "You have to know how to read livestock, and you have to have good horses," Peterson said. "Even for people that have that, unless they have somebody with them that is willing to work like a team, it's not going to work very well. It is about teamwork in the arena."

            Success and failure in the world of rodeo is measured in seconds, and Peterson knows he needs to take advantage of every opportunity to make everything successful

            "We've got a great crew working these rodeos, and that is one reason everything works so well," he said. "The great thing about the Carr crew is that we work well together. Everybody's got their job, and they know what they're doing."





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The bull rider from Prairieville, La., burst onto the national scene last year, when he finished runner-up in the race for the Resistol Bull Riding Rookie of the Year. This year, he's taken it up a notch more, sitting in the top 10 in the world standings. His win during the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville this past weekend was just another notch in his belt of accomplishments.

"Winning that rodeo helped me out a bit," said O'Mara, who collected his third victory this season and has earned more than $36,000 in 2011.

O'Mara scored 83 points by matching moves with the bull Charlie's Bandito from Carr Pro Rodeo, the Dallas-based livestock firm that produced the Stephenville rodeo. Owner Pete Carr said the bull has been one of the most consistent in his herd.

"Charlie's Bandito is one of those rider-friendly bulls that turns back in the gate and gives a guy a good chance to be some points," Carr said. "We had near capacity crowds Friday and Saturday, and they got to see a really good rodeo."

O'Mara was just one of several top contestants to earn Cowboy Capital of the World titles in 2011, joining all around winner Monty Eakin; bareback rider Bill Tutor, who rodeo Carr's Patron for 77 points; team ropers Luke Brown and Martin Lucero, who stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds; tie-down roper Houston Hutto, who had a 7.7-second run; barrel racer Cassie Moseley, who posted a 14.59-second sprint; and saddle bronc rider Sam Spreadborough, who had an 83-point ride on Carr's Deuces Wild.

"I like that horse," Spreadborough said. "That's the second time I got on him. I placed in a round on him in Houston. Everything just went right for me."

That's the way it needs to happen to win in rodeo. It's important to have good animals on which to compete, but there must be a marriage, of sorts, for it all to work out.

"I didn't know anything about that bull," O'Mara said. "He was just a good bull. He turned back to the left (just out of the gate) and took another jump, then went back to the right. He felt great."

The feeling roughstock cowboys get while attempting to ride bucking animals is important, but making the right moves is the most important part. Of course, the best set up is to have a great animal underneath them, which is why Carr Pro Rodeo events are a big hit among contestants.

"I like Pete's events," said Spreadborough, an Australian now living in Snyder, Texas. "His horses are always good, and his pens are pretty even. You've got a chance to place on anything you can get on when you go to his rodeos."


Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo

Stephenville, Texas

All-around cowboy: Monty Eakin, $437, steer wrestling and tie-down roping.
Bareback riding: 1. Bill Tutor, 77 points on Carr Pro Rodeo's Patron, $813; 2. Cody Ziober, 73, $610; 3. Scotty NeSmith, 70, $407; 4. Bubba Hudson, 69, $203.
Steer wrestling: 1. Brad Loesch, 4.6 seconds, $1,102; 2. Brian Bauerle, 4.9, $827; 3. Sean Lanciano, 5.6, $551; 4. K.C. Jones, 5.9, $276.
Team roping: 1. Luke Brown/Martin Lucero, 3.7 seconds, $1,666 each; 2. Clay Tryan/Travis Graves, 3.9, $1,449; 3. (tie) Kelsey Parchman/Michael Jones and Nathan McWhorter/Twister Cain, 4.1, $1,123 each; 5. Nick Rawlings/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 4.2, $797; 6. Camish Jennings/Tyler McKnight, 4.3, $580; 7. Dustin Davis/Kinney Harrell, 4.6, $362; 8. (tie) Drew Horner/Trey Johnson and Gavin Foster/Jeff Brown, 4.7, $72 each.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Sam Spreadborough, 83 points on Carr Pro Rodeo's Deuces Wild, $844; 2. (tie) Cody Angland and Brody Bolton, 76, $527 each; 4. Justin Bell, 74, $211.
Tie-down roping: 1. Houston Hutto, 7.7 seconds, $1,102; 2. Caleb Smidt, 8.1, $912; 3. Barry Burk, 8.5, $722; 4. (tie) Ace Slone and Monty Eakin, 8.6, $437 each; 6. Chase Williams, 8.9, $190.   
Barrel racing: 1. Cassie Moseley, 14.59 seconds, $1,078; 2. (tie) Shambrae Williams and Michelle McLeod, 14.72, $847 each; 4. (tie) Jessica Watkins and Debra Cooper, 14.75, $590 each; 6. Layna Kight, 14.78, $411; 7. (tie) Phylicia Hupp and Ashley Guest, 14.79, $257 each; 9. Charlotte Cunningham, 14.80, $154; 10. Callie Chamberlain, 14.81, $103.
Bull riding: 1. Jacob O'Mara, 83 points on Carr Pro Rodeo's Charlie's Bandito, $998; 2. Ty Clearwater, 76, $749; no other qualified rides.
Total payoff: $33,274. Stock contractor: Carr Pro Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Delia Walls. Officials: Chuck Hoss and Ken Dunn. Timers: Denise Adams and Sandy Gwatney. Announcer: Ben Clements. Specialty acts: John Harrison and Blake Goode. Bullfighters: Scotty Spencer and Chris Kirby. Clown/barrelman: John Harrison. Flankman: Pete Carr. Chute bosses: Pete Carr and John Gwatney. Pickup men: Paul Peterson and Guy Allen. Photographer: Dudley Barker.





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