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Eagle atmosphere a big plus in record-tying performance
EAGLE, Colo. – Brad Higgins has seen plenty during his time in the picturesque Rocky
Mountains, but what happened last year during the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo will sit in his memory
bank for years to come.
“What that horse did in that arena was just unbelievable,” Higgins, the fair’s manager, said of
Grass Dancer, the Carr Pro Rodeo horse that guided bareback rider Ryan Gray to a world record-tying
94 points. “But that wasn’t the only great ride. That performance started with an 87, which would’ve
won most rodeos. But the 87 ended up at fifth place.”
Now everyone involved would like to see more record-setting performances at this year’s Eagle
County Fair and Rodeo, set for 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 28-Saturday, July 31.
Higgins isn’t the only person who remembers that weekend in Eagle a year ago. Pickup man
Paul Peterson, who works at dozens of rodeos each year – including some of the biggest in the sport –
said the Colorado community plays a terrific host. The atmosphere is one of the key ingredients to a
successful event, but the weather was especially nice to the animals in the competition.
“With that mountain air, the animals just loved it,” said Peterson, who has been selected to work
the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times. “They were all on top of their game that week. Grass
Dancer was good, but everything was bucking. Coming from Texas and bucking in that mountain air
was just great for all those animals.”
Gray wasn’t the only bareback rider to score well in Eagle that weekend: Clint Cannon of
Waller, Texas, and Kelly Timberman of Mills, Wyo., finished tied for second with 91s. While Gray
distanced himself from the field to earn more than $2,500, Cannon and Timberman earned their
paychecks on the backs of award-winning Carr bucking horses – Cannon spurred 2005 world champion
bareback horse Real Deal, while Timberman matched moves with River Boat Annie, the 2007 reserve
world champion.
“The combination of things really made a difference for me that day,” said Gray, a five-time
NFR qualifier from Lubbock, Texas. “The horses were feeling good, and it was cool in Eagle. Grass
Dancer is a great horse, and she had a great day. The matchup was there, and everything came together.”
The horses may have enjoyed the cooler weather or the mountains as a backdrop, but the
cowboys made their way to Eagle, too. Of the eight bareback riders who earned money last year, six
have been to the NFR, the season-ending championship in ProRodeo.
“It’s really a great rodeo, and the horses just loved it there,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro
Rodeo. “
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