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Local Cowboy qualifies for Nationals; ranks 14 in world

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:49 am

Submitted photo: James Carter of rural Monroe City seen here riding the Bronc named George’s Bad Cat.

Dirt, arenas, boots and bareback horses is how James Carter makes his living with a career in rodeo. Carter recently won the average at the First Frontier Rodeo Circuit held by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania riding Bareback. He brought home a saddle and three shiny belt buckles to add to his collection. Carter holds the rank of being fourteenth in the world currently in bareback riding.

To qualify for the Nationals being held in Harrisburg, Carter had to ride in 19 rodeos held in the Frontier Circuit prior to the year along the east coast. If he lived inside the Circuit he would only have had to ride in 15 of the circuit rodeos. Carter explained, “My brother called me and asked me if I wanted to ride bareback with him in the Frontier Circuit this past year. Our goal was to travel to the 19 rodeos and qualify for Nationals,” he added, “But my brother had to sit out due to a blood clot in his leg which left me by myself finishing out our goal.” He shared his brother was able to come with him a few times to watch him ride and see him qualify for nationals.

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