News & Notes from the Rodeo Trail, January 13

PRCA Stat of the Week: $2,460,485 million

The combined amount paid out at the 13 Circuit Finals Rodeos in 2019. Montana ($211,660), Columbia River ($153,154), First Frontier ($186,742), Texas ($202,096), Maple Leaf ($149,678), Southeastern ($225,140), Great Lakes ($209,561), Wilderness ($182,936), Mountain States ($169,741), Prairie ($193,155), California ($188,479), Badlands ($206,248) and Turquoise ($181,895).

The Cowboy Channel will broadcast the final day of the Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 22 at 8:30 p.m. (ET). The Fort Worth event is Jan. 21-22 and is the first Division 1 Xtreme Bulls event of 2020. On Jan. 26, the finals of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver will air live at 4 p.m. (ET). To find out how to get Cowboy Channel, visit

World champion Steven Peebles out after neck surgery. In 2015, Peebles claimed the PRCA bareback riding world title. Unfortunately, since 2016, the Redmond, Ore., cowboy’s career has been sabotaged by injuries. Peebles’ latest setback came Jan. 6 when he had surgery in Bend, Ore., to repair a bulging disc in his neck. “Throughout last year I was having some neck issues a little bit, and they were off and on,” said Peebles, 30. “After the rodeo season was done in the fall and I was doing some work, my neck was just killing me all the time. I rode (at an unsanctioned PRCA rodeo Dec. 21 in Billings, Mont.), and I don’t know if it was whiplash during the ride or what. When I got off, everything was normal, and then as soon as I was walking out of the arena, I felt nerve spasms all through my neck. By the time I left the rodeo, it was bad. I could hardly hold my head up. I got home and had an MRI and found out that I had an almost entire disc shoot out the back of my neck into my spinal cord. It was intolerable pain.” Peebles said the surgery has alleviated the pain, and he’s expected to be out of action for at least two months. Staying healthy has been a nightmare for Peebles. In the spring of 2019, he had elbow surgery on his right (riding) arm. A short time later, Peebles suffered a broken fibula in his right leg May 18. In July, in Casper, Wyo., Peebles tore his abdominal muscle from his pelvis and had to miss another month. In 2016, Peebles broke his back in an ATV accident. That injury led to him having back surgery and shoulder surgery in 2017. He battled chronic injuries in 2018 and had more injuries a year ago. Peebles, a seven-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2009-15), isn’t ready to retire. “I really want to make the Finals at least one more time,” Peebles said.

Bareback rider Tucker Depew, a PRCA permit holder, 18, of Blackduck, Minn., died Jan. 10 when his Ford Explorer slid off ice-covered I-35 and plunged down an embankment, overturning several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Harrison County Coroner Zach Wilson. The accident occurred near the 98-mile marker, four miles north of Bethany. The ice storm caused several slide-offs over the weekend. Depew was headed to his first PRCA event – the CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo in Des Moines, Iowa. Depew attended college at Missouri Valley in Marshall, Mo.

Next Up

Jan. 16: National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, Denver, begins
Jan. 17: CINCH World’s Toughest Rodeo, Moline, Ill., begins
Jan. 18: Busch Rodeo & Concert, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Jan. 18: Rodeo of the Mid-South, Southhaven, Miss., begins

Courtesy of PRCA