Rodeo Insider: Decatur’s J.W. Hart PBR Challenge gives to those who gave

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J.W. Hart will celebrate the 10th annual Professional Bull Riders show that bares his namesake in dramatic fashion.

The 2013 edition is this weekend in Decatur and organizers will give away five homes to wounded soldiers. Hart, 38, a former PBR World Finals average winner who is retired from bull riding and has become a popular TV commentator on the PBR broadcasts, has agreed to award world class rider Pistol Robinson of Burleson $40,000 if Robinson can stay on Bushwacker, the 2011 World Champion Bull.

The J.W. Hart PBR Challenge is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wise County Sheriff’s Posse Arena.

Hart and the local committee, called WC Challenger, are working with a program called Homes 4 Wounded Heroes according to the PBR. The program collects foreclosed homes from local banks. A home in turn is purchased by a charity such as WC Challenger for around $20,000 with the provision that it will be donated to a wounded soldier. Each home has an estimated value of around $250,000, Hart said.

“I’m kind of in disbelief that we’re doing this,” Hart said of awarding five homes. “To be able to give back to people who are giving so much to us is a great thing.”

Another attention grabber is Robinson vs. Bushwacker. The match came about after Hart recently challenged cowboys though social media to courageously step up and enter the Decatur show where they would face tougher bulls. After a series of exchanges on Twitter, Robinson opted to put up $1,000 and Hart agreed to 40-1 odds against his bet that he will stay on Bushwacker for the eight-second count.

According to pbrnow.com, Bushwacker, who is owned by Julio Moreno and managed by Kent Cox of Dublin, has bucked off 54 consecutive riders. Hart is confident he’ll win the bet against Robinson.

“If I didn’t think it was pretty safe, I wouldn’t have made it 40-1 odds,” Hart said.

The Hart event is classified as PBR Touring Pro, which means it will feature both cowboys from top tier Built Ford Tough Series, such as 2004 world champion Mike Lee of Decatur, and competitors who are attempting to earn a spot on the BFTS tour.

Tickets for the 2013 edition are available at www.wcchallenger.org or by calling 800-514-3849.

NCHA update

Jim Bret Campbell will began serving as the National Cutting Horse Association’s executive director on Monday. Campbell has 15 years of experience in management and marketing. His most recent position was Director of Communications and Member Relations for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo. He also has served as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at the 285,000-member American Quarter Horse Association.

Brazile update

Trevor Brazile of Decatur won a round of the steer roping in Hugo, Okla., and tied for second in a round of the tie-down roping in Fort Smith, Ark., to push his total season earnings to $51,455 as he attempts to equal or break Guy Allen’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association record of 18 gold buckles. His lead in the all-around standings is more than $9,000 over Landon McClaugherty.

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