by Jim Bainbridge | Jul 16, 2015
PRETTY PRAIRIE, Kan. – Bareback rider David Peebles has his mind set on qualifying for his first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. And if he continues to put together rides like he did July 15 at Kansas’ Largest Night Rodeo, that goal will be realized in December.
Peebles, who is currently 12th in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, scored 82 points aboard Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Painted Flower.
“That horse is really awesome,” said Peebles, of Redmond, Ore. “I watched him the other day in Greeley (Colo.). My brother was on him and he (scored an) 85. I was really excited to get on him.”
The brother Peebles mentioned is Steven Peebles, a six-time WNFR qualifier, whose most productive year to date came in 2013, when he finished the season second in the world bareback riding standings. Steven, who is currently sidelined with an injury, is presently ranked one notch below his younger brother in the world standings. The top 15 cowboys in each event qualify for the WNFR, and David said he has entered a good number of rodeos for the rest of the season to help him in his campaign to solidify a trip to the championship rodeo.
David, who joined the PRCA in 2012, is making a name for himself in his own right, and the days of him being known as Steven Peebles’ younger brother are coming to an end. But he never minded being the brother of one of the world’s top bareback riders.
“It’s only beneficial really, I think, to be able to have a brother like that to get so much help from,” David Peebles said. “A lot of guys don’t have somebody who is such a good source like that, so I’m really lucky and thankful to have a brother like him.”
South Dakota saddle bronc rider Dawson Jandreau, who has finished in the PRCA’s top 50 the last three rodeo seasons, took the lead in his signature event with a 79-point score on Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Dipsy Doodle to edge out WNFR veteran Jesse Bail, who is currently in second place at Pretty Prairie with a 77 score.
Like Peebles, Jandreau comes from a rodeo family. His father, Marty Jandreau, qualified for the WNFR as a saddle bronc rider in 1985.
So far, only one bull rider has made the eight-second whistle at Pretty Prairie. Josh Moorer, Oneonta, Ala., covered Beutler & Son Rodeo’s Holy Smokies and earned a 73 score to take the early lead.
Copan, Okla., tie-down roper Tylen Laton has the fastest run in his event, finishing in 9.8 seconds. Fellow Oklahoman Kim Couch, of Rattan, leads the barrel racing with a time of 17.25 seconds.
The first go-round of steer wrestling is being led by Logan Rudd, Chelsea, Okla, who put up a time of 5.0 seconds on July 15.
The first round of team roping ended in a tie. Zac Small, Welch, Okla., roped with Tyler Worley, Nowata, Okla., and they completed their run in 6.2 seconds to equal the effort put in by Colt Fisher, Sulphur, La., and Corey Hendrick, Huntsville, Texas.
Courtesy of PRCA