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July 9, 2013

BRETT HOFFMAN: Dirty Jacket helping bareback riders win big money in PRCA events

PECOS, TX — Dirty Jacket is one tough bronc who has gained a reputation for helping cowboys finish in the money.

On June 29, Taylor Price of Huntsville won the bareback riding title at the famous West of the Pecos Rodeo after turning in a score of 88 aboard Dirty Jacket.

The bronc is owned by Pete Carr, a Dallas resident who owns a rodeo stock ranch near Athens.   

Last year, Dirty Jacket was voted the third-best bareback horse in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and has been selected four times to compete at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

After turning in the 88 aboard the bronc at the Pecos Rodeo, Price said Dirty Jacket is one horse that cowboys want to draw.   

“I’ve been waiting three years to ride that horse,” Price told the Odessa American. “I’ve always heard that he’ll allow you to score a lot of points if you do your part. He’s a real honest bucker and there’s no dirty tricks to him. He just goes out there and bucks really high in the air, kicks really hard and looks electric.”

According to the PRCA, Dirty Jacket had been bucked five times this year (through the June 26-29 Pecos rodeo) and each time the bronc had at least shared the round win: with Ryan Gray (Fort Worth), J.R. Vezain (San Antonio), Jared Keylon (Oklahoma City), Bill Tutor (Claremore, Okla.) and with Price in Pecos.

Trevor Brazile roping tough

Trevor Brazile has won 17 world titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

But one prestigious title that had eluded the Decatur cowboy was the Bob Feist Invitational, a cash cow for team ropers that’s annually conducted in conjunction with the PRCA’s Reno Rodeo in Nevada.

At the June 24 Feist Roping, Brazile and his partner Patrick Smith of Lipan clinched the title with a record six-run time of 40.54 seconds. They each earned $60,000.

“Everyone who team ropes wants to win this,” Brazile said. “I’ve had a lot of chances, and every year I’ve wanted to win it worse. Something just always happened. When you have the top 100 teams in the world all here in one day, it’s like football. It’s any given Sunday.”

Prior to winning the Feist title, Brazile and Smith had been performing sluggishly on the PRCA circuit. And though the Feist show was an independent event and earnings did not count in the PRCA title races, winning was a confidence booster.

After finishing first, they lassoed the team roping title at last weekend’s West of the Pecos Rodeo in Pecos. They also tied for second place in the first round at the Reno PRCA rodeo.

Brazile jumped from 39th to 17th in the PRCA team roping heading title race. Smith catapulted from 33rd to 13th in the weekly world heeling standings.

Brazile also snared the tie-down roping title in Pecos. All in all, he earned $11,272 at the Pecos Rodeo, one of the world’s oldest riding and roping sports contests that was founded 130 years ago.

After all that, Brazile is ranked first in the 2013 PRCA world all-around standings with $81,061. Landon McClaugherty of Tilden is second with $49,500.

Brazile will attempt to increase his lead during this July 4 week, the time of the season that’s called Cowboy Christmas when there are more lucrative rodeos than competitors can take in. There are 32 PRCA shows scheduled throughout North America and $3.3 million will be paid out this week.

In the money

Wes Stevenson, a native of Kaufman who lives in Lubbock, won the bareback riding title at the Reno Rodeo and earned $14,260. Stevenson is ranked second in the PRCA’s world bareback riding title race with regular season earnings of $51,128.

Defending world champion Kaycee Feild is ranked No. 1 with $57,985.



Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

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