By Susan Kanode/for the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – No one has been more successful at this year’s San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo than Steven Peebles from Redmond, Ore.
The bareback rider is the high money winner at the $1,269,235 rodeo so far and is the only contestant to top the $10,000 mark. He won the second round of semifinals one with an 86-point effort on Three Hills Rodeo’s Tequila Sheila. This was his second consecutive win in the semis and the $3,666 he got here Feb. 19 brought his total earnings up to $12,464 with a big chunk of change left to win in the finals.
Peebles will be a clear favorite as he has won four of the five rounds he has competed in so far. His success has come in part due to being healthy. He missed the rodeo here in 2012 and 2013 because of injuries. He is healthy now and making the most of his opportunities.
“My attitude is a little different now,” Peebles said. “Sitting out can make you crave getting on bucking horses even more. Missing San Antonio two years definitely did that for me and I want to win more than anything.”
Peebles is currently first in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings after a big win at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, where he earned $10,879. That was his second win in Fort Worth and gave him a lot of confidence when he entered here.
“My confidence is as high as it’s ever been,” he said. “After finishing up the season in second place last year, then winning Fort Worth and now with what’s happening here, I’ve got my mind set on a gold buckle.”
Taos Muncy from Corona, N.M., also has his sights set on a saddle bronc riding championship in San Antonio. He won here in 2007, the same year he earned his first world title. In 2008, he set the arena record with a 92-point ride on Kesler Rodeo’s Cool Alley.
Muncy is on fire here again after placing in the first round of semifinals one and winning the second round. His 86-point ride on Wednesday aboard Three Hills Rodeo’s Bo Dandy added $3,666 to his earnings. He has won $9,715 here so far.
Semifinals two’s first round of competition starts on Thursday night at 7 p.m. (CT). It will be broadcast live atwww.prorodeolive.com.
Courtesy of PRCA