Peebles Out of WNFR with Compression Fracture

By | Dec 07, 2014

LAS VEGAS – Bareback rider Steven Peebles, who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo six consecutive years, had his trip to the 2014 WNFR end prematurely because of an injury.

Rick Foster, Program Director of the Justin Sports Medicine team, confirmed Sunday afternoon that Peebles was doctor-released out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR – Rounds 4 through 10 – with a mid-thoracic spine compression fracture.

“It was one of those deals where can he compete without creating further damage? ‘No,’” Foster said. “The bottom line is because of a fracture, he’s not going to be full strength, and it would be foolish to try.”

Peebles, who is from Redmond Ore., suffered the injury on Powder River Rodeo’s Craig at Midnight during Round 3.

“That horse, when they opened the gate, he kind of reared back into him and then compressed him back up against the back of the chute gate,” Foster said.

Peebles stayed aboard for a 68.5-point ride on Craig at Midnight, but didn’t place in the round. Peebles won Round 2 with an 85-point ride on New West Rodeo Production’s Right Spur, and collected a $19,002 check.

Peebles was second in the world standings with $145,932 at the time of the injury, and tied for 11th in the average with a 232-point score on three head.

Courtesy of PRCA