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Peebles Returns to San Antonio with Successful Bareback Riding Efforts

By Susan Kanode
For the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb. 23, 2015) — When Steven Peebles left the AT&T Center last February, he was sporting a new championship buckle for having won the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo bareback riding title.

The Redmond, Ore., resident was the big money winner at $21,770 and that put him on pace to qualify for his sixth consecutive Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) where he was a serious contender for a world title – until disaster struck.

Peebles broke his back early in the competition and was only able to participate in three of the 10 rounds at the NFR. The last time he got on a bucking horse was in Las Vegas on Dec. 6th prior to coming to this year’s rodeo here.

The first horse he rode after his injury was Muffled Cries from The Calgary Stampede’s bucking string – a horse that has a reputation for getting contestants to the pay window but is not easy to ride, especially for a rider that is just coming back from a broken back.

When the judges added up their totals, Peebles had an 84 by his name earning $2,281. He was out of breath when he got off, but his back was feeling good.

“I’m pretty excited about how well this went,” he said. “I haven’t been able to work on my cardio, so I’m a little out of shape and out of breath, but my back feels good.”

Peebles has been swimming and doing therapy to get back in shape. He got on his second horse on Saturday night and scored 78 points finishing in a tie for fourth place.

Nick Sartain and Rich Skelton are dominating the team roping here. With Sartain from Dover, Okla., heading and Skelton from Llano, Texas heeling, they have finished at the top of the leaderboard in both rounds of bracket 5. Their times of 4.6 and 4.9 have earned them $4,562 here so far.

World champion barrel racer Fallon Taylor, from Whitesboro, Texas, is also continuing her winning ways here. She and her great mare that she calls Baby Flo were at the top of the first round with a 13.78. They finished second here on Sunday night with a 14.07 and lead the money standings with $3,992.

Bull rider Dalton Votaw will be headed to his first NFR if he continues to ride like he is here. The Liberty Hill, Texas, resident was the only rider successful Sunday night with a 79-point effort on Andrews Rodeo’s Captain Hook. He also won the first round with an 89 aboard Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Mad Money. He will advance to the semifinals with the $4,562 that he has already collected.

Bracket 5 will be completed on Monday at 7 p.m. At that time, all of the semifinals qualifiers will be determined.

The following are results from the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo which features over $1.65 million in cash and prizes.

BRACKET 5 —

Bareback Riding: (first round) 1, Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 84 points on Calgary Stampede’s Muffled Cries, $2,281. 2, Clint Laye, Cadogan, Alberta, 83, $1,711. 3, (tie) Chase Erickson, Helena, Mont.; Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn.; and Kyle Bowers, Drayton Valley, Alberta, 79, $570 each. (second round) 1, Erickton, 85 points on Adrews Rodeo Company’s Cool Wather, $2,281. 2, Laye, 80, $1,711. 3, Aus, 79, $1,141. 4, (tie) Peebles and Bowers, 78, $285. (total money) 1, Laye, $3,422. 2, Erickson, $2,851.34. 3, Peebles, $2,56. 4, Aus, $1,711.

Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.5 seconds, $2,281. 2, Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif., 4.6, $1,711. 3, Tooter Silver, Quitman, Ark., 4.8, $1,141. 4, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 5.0, $570. (second round) 1, Blaine Jones, Templeton, Calif., 4.7, $2,281. 2, Tyler Pearson, Louisville, Miss., 4.8, $1,711. 3, Rhett Kennedy, Chowchilla, Calif., 4.9, $1,141. 4, Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 5.6, $570. (total money) 1, Kennedy, $2,851. 2, (tie) Jones and Brockman, $2,281 each. 4, Pearson, $1,711.

Team Roping: (firs tround) 1, Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texs, 4.6 seconds, $2,281. 2, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Midland, Texas, 5.6, $1,711. 3, Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 5.7, $1,141. 4, Brock Hanson, Casa Grande, Ariz., and Twister Cain, Gonzales, Texas, 6.2, $570. (second round) 1, Sartain and Skelton, 4.9, $2,281. 2, Tryan and Corkill, 5.2, $1,711. 3, (tie) Brazile and Smith; Hanson and Cain; and Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M.; 5.3, and $570 each. (total money) 1, Sartain and Skelton, $4,562. 2, Tryan and Corkill, $2,851. 3, Brazile and Smith, $2,281. 4, Hanson and Cain, $1,141.

Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, 84 points on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Painted Bear. 2, (tie) John Redig, Casper, Wyo., and Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 77 and $1,426 each. 4, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas , 75, $570. (second round) 1, Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas, 84 points on Calgary Stampede’s Tiger Warrior, $2,281. 2, Wright, 83, $1,711. 3, Redig, 78, $1,141. 4, Justin Caylor, Sulphur Springs, Texas, $570. (total money) 1, Wright, $3,136. 2, Diaz, $2,851. 3, Redig, $2,566. 4, Allen, $2,281.

Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 7.3, $2,281. 2, Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 7.6, $1,711. 3, Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, 8.3, $1,141. 4, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 8.4, $570. (second round) 1, (tie) Yates and Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.7, $1,996 each. 3, Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., 8.1, $1,141. 4, Sterling Smith, Stephenville, Texas, 8.2, $570. (total money) 1, Yates, $2,566. 2, Gray, $2,281. 3, Herrin, $1,996. 4, Ohl, $1,711.

Women’s Barrel Race: (first round) 1, Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 13.79 seconds, $2,281. 2, Shelly Anzick, Livingston, Mont., 13.84, $1,711. 3, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 14.10, $1,141. 4, Benette Little, Ardmore, Okla., 14.13, $570. (second round) 1, Little, 14.02, $2,281. 2, Taylor, 14.07, $1,711. 3, Layna Kight, Ocala., Fla., 14.11, $1,141. 4, Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., 14.21, $570. (total money) 1, Taylor, $3,992. 2, Little, $3,841. 3, (tie) Bass and Anzick, $1,711.

Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Dalton Votaw, Liberty, Texas, 89 points on Cervi Brothers Rodeo’s Mad Money, $2,281. 2, Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 85, $1,711. 3, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 84, $1,141. 4, Caleb Sanderson, Kissimmee, Fla., 80, $570. (second round – one ride) 1, Votaw, 79 points on Andrews Rodeo Company’s Captain Hook, $2,281. (total money) 1, Votaw, $4, 562. 2, Smith, $1,711. 3, Silcox, $1,141. 4, Sanderson, $570.

Courtesy of PRCA