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No. 17 Bulldogs Upset No. 13 Aggies On Vivians' Overtime Triple

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 6:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Victoria Vivians' lone 3-point basket of the game proved to be the game-winner Sunday afternoon as No. 17/19 Mississippi State won a 63-61 overtime thriller against No. 13/14 Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference game played before a crowd of 4,651 at Humphrey Coliseum.

Ward Powers Through Six-Inning Start in 8-3 Win

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 5:48pm
On the final day of the 2015 Bulldog Kickoff Classic, Mississippi State softball defeated Saint Louis 8-3 on Sunday, finishing their weekend 5-0 at the MSU Softball Field.

No. 28 MSU Men’s Tennis Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 8:07pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In their last home non-conference matches of the 2015 season, the Mississippi State Bulldogs (7-2) earned a pair of sweeps at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre on Saturday.

Winkfield Delivers To Keep MSU Softball Unbeaten

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 7:35pm
On a picturesque day for softball, Mississippi State softball stayed undefeated after beating Saint Louis 3-2 and Austin Peay 8-0 on the third day of the 2015 Bulldog Kickoff Classic.

State Falls On Road At Arkansas In Men's Hoops

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 6:30pm
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Early offensive struggles proved too much for the Mississippi State men's basketball team to overcome Saturday afternoon.

2,700+ Fans Attend Fan Day And Saturday Scrimmage

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 5:24pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - More than 2,700 fans attended the inaugural Fan Day celebration, which was followed by the six-inning exhibition at Dudy Noble Field.

2015 Baseball Media Day Recap

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 4:28pm
Quotes from 2015 Mississippi State Media Day

Bulldogs Host Aggies Sunday In Top 20 Battle

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 02/07/2015 - 1:00pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a clash of Top 20 foes, No. 17/19 Mississippi State looks to for an important Southeastern Conference win against No. 14/13 Texas A&M Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.

Bailey Breaks Through As Softball Starts 2-0

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 10:20pm
On the day two of the Bulldog Kickoff Classic, freshman pitcher Holly Ward made her first collegiate start against Middle Tennessee pitching five strong innings to aid the Bulldogs in a 9-1 victory.

Brown Shines In Scrimmage; Fan Day Saturday

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 8:29pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. - With one week until Opening Day, redshirt junior right-hander Preston Brown played the role of a Friday night ace, leading Maroon to a 4-2 victory against Gray.

No. 28 Bulldog Tennis Hosts Samford, New Orleans Saturday

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 5:33pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – For the third time this season, the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre will play host to doubleheader action, as the 28th-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs (5-2) welcome Samford (0-1) and New Orleans (2-2) to Starkville on Saturday.

Carr team focuses on rodeo fans

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:32pm

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Rodeo is much more than a sport.

It’s a true showcase, the perfect piece of family entertainment. That is the mindset taken by the staff involved with Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, which is bringing its show to the Rotary Rodeo, set for 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 15, at MS Horse Park in Starkville.

“We try to have the theatrical portion of our show not interfere with the competition side,” said Cody Whitney, a production supervisor for the Dallas-based livestock firm. “We try to run a good, fast, clean performance without interfering with the competition.

Starkville-Logo“That’s where we’re different from other rodeo companies. If we’re not ready, the cowboy has to wait. When it comes time for that cowboy to compete, we’ve done everything we can to make that animal ready for that cowboy, so all he has to do is nod his head.”

That’s very attractive for everyone involved. Fans love it, which makes the experience perfect for local organizers.

“I know I’m going to have a top performance and that we’re going to have top stock that’s been at the National Finals Rodeo,” said Bricklee Miller, an organizer with the Rotary Rodeo. “That’s going to give the contestants the best opportunity to have high-marked rides in the riding events and fast times in the timed events.

“That helps make it a fun event for the fans.”

The overall package is set up for everyone involved. The Carr team works hard to make it a fair competition for the cowboys and cowgirls, then puts in a concerted effort to put together a production that will have fans talking long after the final bull is bucked.

“We micromanage our program ahead of time,” Carr said. “We can’t be perfect, but we can dang sure get as close as we can. We’re always striving to be better, identifying the weaknesses and taking constructive criticism. It’s an everyday challenge, but I think trying to be better is just trying to take it to the next level.

“I’m proud of what we do, but I know we can always find ways to improve things. I like that the people I work with have that same mindset, too.”

The proof is in what happens at each rodeo performance.

“I think the key to the success of a Carr rodeo is a combination of good animals and good production,” Miller said. “I think it’s really important to keep the fans engaged in what they’re watching and be very conscience of the time frame so we can have them enjoy a great show.

“The one thing I’ve found with Pete Carr and his crew is that they’re very attentive to the overall production. They know what it takes to keep the fans engaged.”

It’s a start-to-finish project for the entire Carr staff.

“What starts the production is our version of Americana,” Whitney said. “We’re looking to get peoples’ emotions up, get them on the edge of their seats so when that first animal bucks, the height of the excitement is already up.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Hard work pays off for Carr team

Twisted Rodeo - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:09pm

WEST MONROE, La. – Over the years, Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo has been recognized as one of the premier stock contracting firms in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

The backbone of any strong company is its people, and the Carr staff is strong and steady.

PeteCarrsClassicLogo“We have the best crew in rodeo,” said Carr, owner of the Dallas-based livestock company. “I believe if you want to be successful, you have to surround yourself with good people. Everything we’ve ever accomplished is because of the team that we have.”

The staff is made up of rodeo veterans, who will be on site for the West Monroe ProRodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14, at Ike Hamilton Expo Center. From the behind-the-scenes labor to making sure the arena is in perfect condition, they take their jobs seriously.

“We’ve got a terrific group of people I get to work with all year long,” said John L. Wagley of Alexandria, La., who has been selected to work as the timed-event chute boss at the Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo for several years. “We all know what it takes to get everything done, and we work good together.

“When you haul across the country, it’s good to know you’ve got a good crew that’s got your back. If any of us needs any help, we don’t have to look too far for it.”

That type of work ethic has paid off. For the past two years, Carr has been nominated for the PRCA Stock Contractor of the Year Award. In 2014, the firm received the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Stock Contractor of the Year.

“The awards say a lot about the work our staff puts in together,” Carr said. “It’s more than the great bucking stock. These awards show that the hours everybody puts in has a reward.”

The crew received numerous awards in the 2014 ProRodeo season. While Wagley worked the Prairie Circuit Finals, bullfighter Clay Heger was selected to work the Ram Southeastern Circuit Finals Rodeo. Pickup man Jeremy Willis was honored for the Ram Texas Circuit Finals and also will be one of the pickup men at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in 2015.

The husband-wife team of John and Sandy Gwatney were honored at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping; John was the event’s chute boss, while Sandy was the secretary.

Each selection was a tribute to ability but also was a tip of the hat to the hard work that each member of the Carr crew puts in at every rodeo they work.

“Each one of us does this because we love it,” Wagley said. “We’ve got a great outfit, and that makes it even better when we get to the rodeo.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Complex is the perfect home

Twisted Rodeo - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:25pm


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Nothing quite beats the comforts of home, from familiarity to flexibility to having all the amenities one needs.

The American Royal is just that place for event organizers who need that perfect complex.

“We are quite pleased that we’re able to have the American Royal facility to host our show,” said Ken Dean with the Western Farm Show, an exhibition operated by the Kansas City-based Western Equipment Dealer Association that is scheduled for Feb. 20-22 at the American Royal complex.

AmericanRoyal“One of our primary events is our Western Farm Show. Each year, we rely on the farm show to have a major financial impact for our association.”

The association also leans on the benefits of home, not only having its show in Kansas City, but also having it at one of the best known complexes related to farming and ranching activities. There’s a common comfort that comes with the relationship between the dealer association and the American Royal.

“We have exhibitors that have exhibited in the same spot for over 40 years,” Dean said. “Not only is there longevity in our show, but the continuity is really important to us. It makes it easy for our attendees; once they know the date each year, they’re able to come to the same location.

“They have convenient parking, the same exhibition in the same building. I think that’s good for all of us.”

From fans to competing cowboys and cowgirls, the New Year’s Rodeo Stampede is a wintertime stop in Kansas City. It takes place late each December inside Hale Arena at the American Royal complex.

“We do several events with the American Royal in conjunction with all their events throughout the year,” said Regan McKellips with Raymore, Mo.-based McKellips Rodeo. “For us, having Hale Arena and the other buildings attached really helps, because it’s all under one roof. You can flow from one building to another.

“We can unload our livestock inside, which is a big help that time of year because the weather can be bad. It’s very accessible for trailers and livestock.”

It also is accessible for fans and contestants, many whom travel from surrounding states in order to be part of the festivities.

“The location is good for us, with ample parking for the trailers and ample place for stalls and livestock pens,” McKellips said. “We had over 500 contestants, and most of them were competing every day throughout the four days. That’s a long period of time that everybody is in one place, and the facility works well for us.

“It’s a pretty convenient setup. We’ve had other facilities wanting us to move our event, but those facilities aren’t as user friendly, especially when it’s cold outside. Those things make it extra nice.”

That is a similar reflection shared by Dean and others at the Western Equipment Dealer Association, which has been part of the Kansas City fabric since 1889.

“The last few years we utilize the entire facility,” Dean said. “We rent exhibit space available to us on both levels. If there’s a nook or cranny, we probably have somebody showing in there.

“The American Royal facility is the perfect fit for the Western Farm Show. The fact that we’ve held the show there for so many years, we like the continuity of the show. As we plan for each year’s event, that is certainly a luxury to us to have that continuity already in place.”

Categories: Twisted Rodeo
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