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Ford's big Lincoln Continental is coming back

Business News - 1 hour 5 min ago
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Boom! The Dow is surging 250+ points

Business News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Remember all those worries about earnings and the economy that caused a big slump on Wall Street last week?

Germanwings co-pilot suicidal in the past

CNN World - 1 hour 22 min ago
The sounds recorded on one of the "black boxes" recovered from downed Germanwings Flight 9525 firms up a theory by investigators that the co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit and then crashed the plane.
Categories: International News

Police investigating incident at NSA

CNN - 1 hour 24 min ago
Police are on the scene following an incident at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. CNN's Jim Sciutto reports.
Categories: National News

Florida church van crash kills 8

CNN - 1 hour 28 min ago
A van crash in Glades County, Florida, killed eight adults and injured 10 other people, the Florida Highway Patrol says.
Categories: National News

BMI note from school angers mom

Health - 1 hour 31 min ago
Categories: Health

GNC boosts quality control of herbal supplements

Business News - 1 hour 32 min ago
GNC, the leading retailer of dietary supplements, agreed Monday to beef up its testing and quality control standards for herbal supplements.

CNN exclusive: Detained ISIS members speak from Iraqi jail

CNN World - 1 hour 35 min ago
Sameem Sulaiman shuffles in, the cuffs usually around his ankles and wrists removed for our interview. He agreed to speak to CNN, but not once during the interview did he make eye contact, or even look up, unwilling to speak directly to a woman.
Categories: International News

BMI note from school angers mom

CNN - 1 hour 42 min ago
A Missouri school sends note home expressing concerns about a second grader's body mass index. KMBC has the report.
Categories: National News

Turkish Airlines plane diverted after 'bomb' note found

CNN World - 2 hours 5 min ago
A Turkish Airlines flight carrying 256 passengers was diverted Monday after a note with the word "bomb" written on it was found in a lavatory, the airline said.
Categories: International News

The car-crazy fashion model

CNN World - 2 hours 14 min ago
Former male model Elo used to make a living from his good looks.
Categories: International News

Champion horse continues winning

Twisted Rodeo - 2 hours 22 min ago
Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Matt Bright rides the famed Dirty Jacket to win the title at the 2011 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Four times over the last seven years, cowboys have won the Guymon title on the back of Dirty Jacket, the 2014 Bareback Horse of the Year.

Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Matt Bright rides the famed Dirty Jacket to win the title at the 2011 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo. Four times over the last seven years, cowboys have won the Guymon title on the back of Dirty Jacket, the 2014 Bareback Horse of the Year.

GUYMON, Okla. – Dirty Jacket is one of the most decorated bucking horses in ProRodeo.

The 11-year-old bay gelding from Pete Carr Pro Rodeo is the reigning Bareback Horse of the Year as voted on by members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. He also has been one of the top three horses in the year-end voting each of the past three seasons.

At the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December, the athletic horse proved the accolades, guiding cowboys to go-round victories both times he bucked inside the Thomas & Mack Center: Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas, won the fifth round, while Caleb Bennett of Tremonton, Utah, claimed the 10th-round title.

Richmond Champion

Richmond Champion

“There’s not another horse like him,” said Champion, who also won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days title after a 91-point ride in July. “Dirty Jacket might’ve even looked better than he did that day in Cheyenne.”

The fifth and 10th rounds featured the greatest bucking horses in rodeo, an elite list of phenomenal athletes. Even then, Dirty Jacket stood out. Now he will have a chance to stand out again at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena. It’s a place where he’s guided cowboys to the prestigious Guymon title four times in the last seven years.

“There wasn’t a bad horse in the pen, but to have Dirty Jacket again at the NFR and to win the round was awesome,” said Champion, who shared the Guymon title last year on Fancy Free, another great Carr bucking horse. “There’s not another night that you get to walk down the alley with that caliber of horse standing all next to each other.

“That same feeling runs in all of us to see that kind of horse lined up for us, just standing outside the Thomas & Mack. That’s what dreams are made of in this sport.”

Caleb Bennett

Caleb Bennett

It’s the same feeling Bennett had when he prepared for the final night of the competition. It had been a rough week for the Utah cowboy, who had placed in just one round prior to the 10th night.

“I couldn’t have been more blessed and ask for anything more than to end it the way I did on Dirty Jacket,” he said. “It’s a phenomenal horse and definitely one of the ones you want to have in this round.”

The powerful gelding is one of four Pete Carr horses that have received the top honor in bareback riding, joining pasture-mates like Real Deal, Big Tex and MGM Deuces Night. In 2013, when Dirty Jacket was named Reserve World Champion Bareback Horse, he helped cowboys to at least a share of the title 12 of 13 times he performed during the regular season. In 2014, his wins were just as miraculous.

Champion’s 91 in Cheyenne was one of two of the highest marked rides of the campaign. The other was by Steven Dent, who rode Dirty Jacket for a matching 91 on the final weekend of the regular season at the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, in September.

“Any time you can draw one that everybody wants, you’re happy with it whether you’re in that situation or it’s a regular-season rodeo,” said Dent, a seven-time NFR qualifier from Mullen, Neb. “You don’t have the opportunity to get on a horse that you can be that many points on and that’s that fun to get on very often in your life, much less the last week of the year when you’re trying to make the NFR.

“That is a really great horse. There are not very many of them like him that do it every time, that are that electric, jump that high in the air and that you can be that many points on.”

The horse has been selected to buck at the NFR each of the past seven seasons. Earlier this year, Jessy Davis scored 93 points during the Cinch Shootout at the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo.

“He has a huge frame, but he’s so athletic from nose to tail. He just looks like an athlete. If you could pick a horse out of a herd that could jump nine feet in the air, he’s that horse,” Champion said. “If you’re going to win a big rodeo, that’s the horse you want.”

Dirty Jacket is powerful, athletic and consistent, but what makes him a proven winner year after year is in the effort he puts forward every trip. He has the heart of a champion.

Categories: Twisted Rodeo

Land Rover's new $200,000 SUV is most expensive ever

Business News - 2 hours 36 min ago
The most expensive SUV just got even pricier.

Iran nuclear talks: Is Tehran backpedaling?

CNN World - 2 hours 40 min ago
The world's most powerful diplomats sat down in Lausanne with Iranian nuclear negotiators on Monday for the first time since November. And uncomfortable rumblings made headlines.
Categories: International News

Court overturns Amanda Knox murder conviction

CNN - 2 hours 44 min ago
A tearful Amanda Knox said she is glad to have her life back after an eight-year legal drama. Knox had been facing 28½ years in prison.
Categories: National News

Lauren Bacall's $3 million art collection goes on sale

CNN Entertainment - 2 hours 45 min ago
An impressive art collection assembled by the late actress and Hollywood icon, Lauren Bacall, is officially ready for purchase.
Categories: Entertainment News

Hollywood history up for auction in Lauren Bacall's intimate art collection

CNN - 2 hours 45 min ago
An impressive art collection assembled by the late actress and Hollywood icon, Lauren Bacall, is officially ready for purchase.
Categories: National News

7 shot during spring break

CNN - 2 hours 46 min ago
Seven college-age people, some who came to Panama City Beach, Florida, for spring break, were wounded in a late-night shooting, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
Categories: National News
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