MARSHALL, Texas â€“ The accolades are nice, but the reason Pete Carr produces rodeos is found deep in his love for the sport.
Over the years, Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeo has been recognized as one of the top livestock firms in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Last year alone, Carr was nominated for the prestigious honor of Stock Contractor of the Year; meanwhile, 27 Carr animals were selected to perform at ProRodeoâ€™s grand finale, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
â€śWeâ€™ve certainly been blessed with some great success in the last few years,â€ť Carr said. â€śWe have a great group of hard-working people who care about the sport and everything that goes into it.â€ť
The full package comes to fruition during the Marshall Pro Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6-Saturday, March 8, at Marshall City Arena.
â€śHeâ€™s not even going to have a B pen before long,â€ť said saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss, a five-time NFR qualifier from Heflin, La. â€śHeâ€™s going to have an A plus and an A pen. Heâ€™s got an eye for horses, and heâ€™s surrounded himself with people who know what theyâ€™re talking about. You want to go to Peteâ€™s rodeos, because youâ€™re going to get on something."
For the 2014 season, the Carr firm will produce more than 30 rodeos and will have livestock at a number of other events across the country. It takes a great team and outstanding animal athletes to make those events successful, and Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeo has both.
â€śWe work really hard all year to produce the rodeos and feature the stock that will draw the top cowboys,â€ť Carr said.
At the NFR this past December, Carr was represented by 12 bareback horses, five saddle broncs and 10 bulls â€“ thatâ€™s proof of the all-around talent that spends most of its time on lush grassland at Carrâ€™s ranch near Athens, Texas.
â€śIt shows you Pete is somebody that puts a lot of work into getting the best horses around,â€ť said Heath Ford, a three-time NFR qualifier from Slocum, Texas. â€śTheyâ€™ve not only got the best horses, but they put them out there for us to see. He has a lot of great horses that werenâ€™t selected this year, but if you care about it, you know youâ€™re going to continue to build that program.
â€śWe all know Pete is going to continue to build that. We all have a lot of respect for him.â€ť
Thatâ€™s why the contestants make it a point to compete at Carr rodeos. Cowboys know their best chance to win is to be matched with a great partner.
â€śPete has put together a good set of bulls,â€ť said J.W. Harris, the four-time and reigning bull riding world champion from Mullin, Texas. â€śI think he wants to show that heâ€™s got great bulls to go with his great horses.
â€śYou know when you go to his rodeos youâ€™re going to get on a good one. I like going to Peteâ€™s rodeos because heâ€™s got good people who work for him, but having all those good animals sure makes it easier for us to go to. Pete Carrâ€™s come a long ways in just a few years.â€ť