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Harrison’s talent is part of rodeo

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:39pm

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Pete Carr is always on the lookout for the brightest talent in Pro Rodeo.

As owner of Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, Carr knows the key to his business is to provide a great competition and incredible entertainment, all wrapped into a nice package that is rodeo. Whether it’s an athletic horse, a bucking and spinning bull or a great act, the purpose is to bring the best before the fans.

PeteCarrsClassicLogoThat’s the philosophy that will go into the Nacogdoches Pro Rodeo & Steer Show, set for 7:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26-Saturday, March 28, at the Nacogdoches County Arena.

“All anyone wants is a chance to win, and the fans are there to be entertained” Carr said. “I get a lot of feedback from our contestants and fans about the stock and that they really enjoy the clowns and specialty acts that we are able to secure for our events across the country. We try to rotate the top people in the business to keep it fresh and at a level the fans have come to expect and enjoy. ”

Enter John Harrison of Soper, Okla. In 2013, he was selected to work the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as the barrelman. Last season, he was recognized as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Comedy Act of the Year and the Coors Man in the Can, an honor that rewards the top clown in the association each year.

In addition to hysterical acts that showcase Harrison’s talent and athleticism, the Oklahoma man serves as a valuable piece of the puzzle that helps make for a near-flawless performance each time he speaks.

“John is a true professional. He is good, clean family fun,” said John Gwatney, the production supervisor for Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo, the livestock producer for the rodeo. “It’s his rodeo background, because he grew up in this sport. He has perfect timing and helps us with the ebb and flow of a rodeo performance. He has a tremendous amount of talent and versatility that translates into a vital piece of the puzzle for a successful event.”

That’s the key to reaching fans with a variety of entertaining items. Whether it’s a trick riding display that will leave fans in awe or his parody of rodeo queens, Harrison has a lot of ammunition in his bag.

“I do this for the love of the sport,” he said “Growing up with it, you enjoy it. Now I can actually make a living at it, so that helps.”

While family is a big part of who Harrison is, he realizes that rodeo serves as a foster family of sorts.

“The friends and the ‘family’ you meet on the road is a big deal for us,” he said. “Plus if it wasn’t fun, I wouldn’t do it.”

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Cooper rides with Tate Branch team

Twisted Rodeo - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:35am
Roy Cooper poses with his wrapped Tate Branch Auto Group pickup he will use as he travels the country with rodeo and by "Riding for the Brand" during his appearances and while commentating on Ride TV.

Roy Cooper poses with his wrapped Tate Branch Auto Group pickup he will use as he travels the country with rodeo and by “Riding for the Brand” during his appearances and while commentating on Ride TV.

Roy Cooper is a Hall-of-Fame cowboy and an eight-time world champion.

He also is “Riding for the Brand” as part of the Tate Branch Auto Group team, and he will carry that brand with him to numerous rodeos throughout the year and as a broadcaster on Ride TV, where he will be broadcasting from Western sports events from across the country.

Roy Cooper

Roy Cooper

Born in Hobbs, N.M., and raised on rodeo and ranching, Cooper won his first two Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association title in 1976, finishing that season as the top tie-down roper in the game and the Rookie of the Year. He followed that with five more gold buckles in that discipline and added the most coveted crown in the game in 1983 as the World Champion All-Around Cowboy.

That same season, he won the steer roping title, establishing himself as one of the greatest all-around ropers to have ever played the game, polishing off a Triple Crown season in which he won three titles in a given season. He owns 32 qualifications to the National Finals, most of which came in tie-down roping. In 1981, he also appeared at the NFR, heeling for World Champion H.P. Evetts.

Cooper has been inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Rodeo Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. He also is the father of three sons: Clint, a five-time NFR qualifier who grew up in Lovington, N.M.; Clif, a four-time NFR qualifier; and Tuf, a seven-time NFR qualifier and a three-time and the reigning world champion tie-down roper. Both Clint and Clif are part of the Tate Branch Auto Group team.

For his promotional work with “Riding for the Brand,” Cooper has received a newly wrapped Ram Truck, courtesy of Tate Branch Auto Group in the New Mexico communities of Hobbs, Artesia and Carlsbad.

“We are extremely excited to have Roy Cooper join our team of cowboys and cowgirls who are ‘Riding for the Brand,’ ” said Joby Houghtaling, the director of operations of the Tate Branch Auto Group. “Roy is a living rodeo legend who will be fun to watch covering rodeos and other events across this great nation of ours on Ride TV.”

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Wood Leads MSU To Top-10 In 1st Round At Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:48pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – After a week off, The Mississippi State Men's golf team shot a team round of 292 in the opening round of the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate to head into Monday's second round in a tie for ninth.

Diamond Dawgs Salvage Series At Kentucky With 12-5 Win

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 7:29pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team knocked off Kentucky, 12-5, in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

No. 27 Bulldog Women’s Tennis Falls 5-2 At No. 2 Florida

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 6:26pm
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Although Mississippi State would claim the final two singles matches of the day, it wasn't enough to take down the No. 2 Florida Gators, as the 27th-ranked Bulldogs fell 5-2 Sunday afternoon at UF's Ring Tennis Complex.

Bulldogs' Historic Season Ends Against Duke In NCAA Tournament

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 4:00pm
DURHAM, N.C. –Mississippi State saw its historic women's basketball season come to an end Sunday afternoon as the 12th-ranked Bulldogs dropped a 64-56 decision to No. 16 Duke in a second-round NCAA Tournament contest of the Spokane Regional played at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Rain Reschedules MSU-LSU Men’s Tennis Match For April 12

Bulldog Beat - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 3:30pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Due to rain that has drenched the Starkville area throughout the weekend, Sunday's men's tennis contest between No. 35 Mississippi State and No. 23 LSU has been rescheduled.

Track And Field Captures Three Wins At Alabama Relays

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 9:46pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Momentum from day one carried over into day two as the Mississippi State track and field teams brought home three wins from the Alabama Relays to conclude the outdoor opener.

Four-Run Ninth Not Enough As Baseball Loses 9-7 At Kentucky

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 8:03pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A late rally was not enough as the No. 20 Mississippi State baseball team dropped a 9-7 decision to Kentucky in a Southeastern Conference game played Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

No. 35 MSU Tennis Looks To Rebound Against No. 23 LSU

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:58pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Looking to rebound after a heartbreaking loss on Friday to No. 7 Texas A&M, the 35th-ranked Mississippi State men's tennis team (12-5, 3-2 SEC) host the No. 23 LSU Tigers (14-3, 4-2 SEC) on Sunday, March 22.

No. 24 Softball Drops SEC Series at Ole Miss

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 6:27pm
On a day in which just one game was scheduled, the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team (22-8, 3-5 SEC) ended up playing and dropping a twin-billing vs. Ole Miss (17-13, 2-7 SEC) on Saturday at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.

MSU Looks To Rebound At Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 2:58pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Coming off a disappointing showing and a week off, the refreshed Mississippi State men's golf team is making its first ever trip to Virginia for the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate.

Statement from Scott Stricklin on Bulldog Men's Basketball

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 1:04pm
Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin released the following statement on Bulldog men's basketball Saturday:

Bulldogs Battle Duke Sunday With Sweet 16 On The Line

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:00pm
DURHAM, N.C. – All that stands between Mississippi State and the Sweet 16 is Duke. And Sunday at 11 a.m. CT at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Bulldogs look to get past that hurdle when they face the Blue Devils in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs last advanced to the second weekend in 2010, the program's last appearance in the "Big Dance."

No. 35 MSU Men’s Tennis Falls To No. 7 Texas A&M In 4-1 Thriller

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:35am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Under the lights of the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre, the No. 35 Mississippi State Bulldogs (12-5, 3-2 SEC) fell 4-1 to the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (10-3, 5-1 SEC) in one of the more thrilling matches of the 2015 season.

Diamond Dawgs Drop 2015 Road Opener At Kentucky

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:18am
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Mississippi State found the going tough in its first road game of the season.

MSU Track And Field Excels At Outdoor Season Opener

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:16am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – To begin the 2015 outdoor season, the Mississippi State track and field teams brought home four wins on day one of the Alabama Relays.

Epic Rally Catapults No. 24 Softball Over Ole Miss

Bulldog Beat - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:08am
Down to its final strike on three occasions, the No. 24 Mississippi State softball team (22-6, 3-3 SEC) rallied with a seven-run seventh to down Ole Miss (15-13, 0-7 SEC) on Friday night at the Ole Miss Softball Complex.
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