by ProRodeo.com | May 27, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Josh Peek hit the road hard over Memorial Day weekend, and not just for rodeo.
The six-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier had a fruitful trip through Oklahoma and Kansas, collecting a total of $5,231 – more than any other PRCA cowboy over the three-day weekend.
However, Peek also started a new job in the past week, and was off and running with it while having a successful rodeo trip.
The Pueblo, Colo., cowboy has been hired as a regional sales manager for Oklahoma City-based oilfield company Boulder Energy Solutions (www.boulder-es.com).
“Our partnership is off to a real good start,” Peek said. “I met half-a-dozen businesspeople while I was rodeoing this weekend. What’s cool about it was I could set some things up as I was en route to the rodeos, and I was able to take care of business while I was driving to Mulvane (Kan.). When I was done there, I had a meeting in Tulsa the next morning on the way to Claremore (Okla.) to compete later that night.”
Peek won the all-around and tie-down roping titles at the Will Rogers Stampede in Claremore, earning $2,933, and then tied for second in the steer wrestling and was third in the tie-down roping at the Kansas Star Rodeo in Mulvane, grabbing another $2,298.
Peek met BES co-founder Danny Ford during the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Okla., last month, and started work on May 21. He will receive endorsement funding and a salary as a sales manager, balancing his competition appearances with his sales work.
“It’ll keep me real busy, and we’ve talked a lot about what our partnership entails,” Peek said. “They’re investing in me for the future, and I’m investing in them as well. They’re sponsoring me in rodeo, and I’m going out to try to sell for them and make that money back for them.”
In the bulldogging, Peek moved from 44th to 33rd in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings. He moved to sixth in the all-around standings, and while he’s yet to crack the top 50 in the tie-down roping, Peek has only been to 11 rodeos so far this season.
“There will be times when I have to put rodeo No. 1, but then there will be other days when I can put the company No. 1, and that’s something BES is excited about,” Peek said. “The key is we’re working together, and that’s why it’ll be so great.”
He says between rodeoing and his new venture with BES, the amount he hits the road this summer will depend on how he’s doing in the standings.
“I’ll go hard to try to win a world title this year, but I can’t specify how much I’ll travel,” Peek said. “How much I’ll travel for rodeo will depend on how much I’m winning.”
Peek wasn’t the only cowboy to have success in both Claremore and Mulvane. Tie-down roper Cody Huber took first in Mulvane with a time of 8.3 seconds, and was second to Peek in Claremore with an 8.6-second run. Others who placed at both rodeos were bareback rider Caine Riddle, team ropers A.J. and Kyle Horton and saddle bronc rider Isaac Diaz.
Courtesy of PRCA