Champion Horse Continues Winning and Gears for Guymon
KSCB News - March 30, 2015 1:22 pm
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Champion horse continues winning
Dirty Jacket is one of the most decorated bucking horses in ProRodeo.
old bay gelding from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo is the reigning Bareback Horse of the
Year as voted on by members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He also
has been one of
the top three horses in the year
end voting each of the past three seasons.
At the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December, the athletic horse proved the
accolades, guiding cowboys to go
round victories both times he bucked inside
the Thomas & Mack
Center: Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, won the fifth round, while Caleb Bennett of
Tremonton, Utah, claimed the 10
“There’s not another horse like him,” said Champion, who also won the Cheyenne (Wyo.)
Days title after a 91
point ride in July. “Dirty Jacket might’ve even looked better than he did
that day in Cheyenne.”
The fifth and 10
rounds featured the greatest bucking horses in rodeo, an elite list of
phenomenal athletes. Even then, Dirty Jacket st
ood out. Now he will have a chance to stand out again at
the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2;
and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.
It’s a place where he’s guided cowboys to
he prestigious Guymon title four times in the last seven years.
“There wasn’t a bad horse in the pen, but to have Dirty Jacket again at the NFR and to win the
round was awesome,”
, who shared the Guymon title last year on Fancy Free, another
great Carr bucking horse
. “There’s not another night that you get to walk down the alley with that
caliber of horse standing all next to each other.
“That same feeling runs in all of us to see that kind of horse lined up for us, just standing outside
Thomas & Mack. That’s what dreams are made of in this sport.”
It’s the same feeling Bennett had when he prepared for the final night of the competition. It had
been a rough week for the Utah cowboy, who had placed in just one round prior to the 10
“I couldn’t have been more blessed and ask for anything more than to end it the way I did on
Dirty Jacket,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal horse and definitely one of the ones you want to have in this
The powerful gelding is one of four Pete Carr
horses that have received the top honor in
bareback riding, joining pasture
mates like Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night. In 2013, when
Dirty Jacket was named Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse, he helped cowboys to at least a
share of the title 1
2 of 13 times he performed during the regular season. In 2014, his wins were just as
Champion’s 91 in Cheyenne was one of two of the highest marked rides of the campaign. The
other was by Steven Dent, who rode Dirty Jacket for a matching 91 on
the final weekend of the regular
season at the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, in September.
“Any time you can draw one that everybody wants, you’re happy with it whether you’re in that
situation or it’s a regular
said Dent, a seven
time NFR qualifier from Mullen, Neb. “You
don’t have the opportunity to get on a horse that you can be that many points on and that’s that fun to get
on very often in your life, much less the last week of the year when you’re trying to
make the NFR.
“That is a really great horse. There are not very many of them like him that do it every time, that
are that electric, jump that high in the air and that you can be that many points on.”
The horse has been selected to buck at the NFR each of
the past seven seasons. Earlier this year,
Jessy Davis scored 93 points during the Cinch Shootout at the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo.
“He has a
huge frame, but he’s so athletic from nose to tail. He just looks like an athlete. If you
could pick a horse o
ut of a herd that could jump nine f
eet in the air, he’s that horse,” Champion said.
you’re going to win a big rodeo, that’s the horse you want.”
Dirty Jacket is powerful, athletic and consistent, but what makes him a proven winner year after
year is i
n the effort he puts forward every trip. He has the heart of a champion.