by ProRodeo.com | Jan 12, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last month in Las Vegas took a toll on some cowboys injury-wise, especially bareback rider Steven Peebles, and saddle bronc riders, brothers Cody Wright and Jake Wright.
Peebles had his 2014 trip end prematurely because of a mid-thoracic spine compression fracture.
The Redmond, Ore., cowboy suffered the injury on Powder River Rodeo’s Craig at Midnight during Round 3. His injury occurred when the horse came out of the chute, but Peebles still managed to finish the ride for 68.5 points.
“They thought things would be healed up in about in six weeks, and in eight weeks I can be riding again,” said Peebles, who finished fifth in the world standings. “I feel if things keep progressing and I can get in shape, I’ll try and make San Antonio.”
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is Feb. 12 through March 1.
Cody Wright, a two-time world champion saddle bronc rider (2008, 2010), will be sidelined for an undetermined length of time after undergoing left shoulder surgery on Dec. 18.
Wright injured his left shoulder – his riding arm – when he landed on it following his 65-point ride on Sutton Rodeos’ Camp Fire in Round 7. Wright doctor released for Rounds 8 and 9, but rode in Round 10, although he failed to register a score.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to be out,” Wright said. “My shoulder was dislocated and the top of my shoulder was broken.”
Jake Wright, one of Cody’s younger brothers, suffered a thoracic spine injury following his ride for 82 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Let Er Rip that earned second place in Round 9. He competed in Round 10 and finished sixth with a 78-point ride on Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior.
“They told me I just needed a lot of rest for eight weeks,” Jake Wright said. “I was banking on returning at the Rapid City (S.D., Wrangler) Champions Challenge on Feb. 4, but I don’t think I’m going to make that.”
Wright said he also suffered injuries to both wrists in non-related rodeo accidents.
Courtesy of PRCA