Photo by George Hipple Photography
Steven Peebles scores 88 points on bareback. Peebles is a four-time competitor at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Bareback riders might want to look over their shoulder, because Steven Peebles is gaining ground on them.
The Redmond, Ore. cowboy won the bareback riding at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, continuing the momentum he started two weeks ago. In less than a month's time, has jumped from the top 50 in the world standings to 30th.
He's coming off four months of rehab, after surgery to fix torn cartilage in his hip and labrum, and he's "knocked the rust out of it," he joked.
The North Platte rodeo is his fourth win in two weeks, following wins at Central Point, Ore., Coulee City, Wash. and Sisters, Ore.
Steven Dent of Mullen, who went the distance on bareback Friday night, tied for fourth in bareback and added a seventh-place tie in saddle bronc riding.
Peebles, 24, suffered the hip injury after calcium buildups in his femur bone tore the ligaments and cartilage. He took injections for the pain, competing for several months last fall and at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The pain was so bad, that after Peebles won the ninth round at the WNFR, he had to take three breaks as he walked to the other side of the Thomas and Mack Arena. "But it's all good now. Everything's feeling good, there's no hurt," he said.
Peebles has competed at four WNFRs, from 2009-12.
Bail wins saddle bronc
The saddle bronc riding title went to 12-time WNFR qualifier Jesse Bail.
The Camp Crook, S.D. cowboy scored 83 points on the horse 7 Dirty Joke, and he had to earn it.
The horse "was supposed to be a little nicer to ride," Bail said. "He bailed out of there and really bucked, turned back, and tried bucking me off through most of it (the ride.) Shoot, I just kept gassing it and it felt good. He bucked a lot harder than I thought. He threw some "dirties," and it made me work a little harder than I was planning."
In the early days of the 33 year-old's career, he steer wrestled and rode bulls, with six of his WNFR qualifications in the bull riding. But after getting hurt in the bull riding a few years ago, he hasn't gotten back on. The desire is still there, though.
"I want to, I just don't know if my body wants to." Bail won the Linderman Award in 2000 and 2001, the award given to a cowboy who wins at least $1,000 in each of three events, with the requirement that one event must be a roughstock event and one must be a timed event. Bail can't choose one favorite event: "whatever I'm winning in," he laughed.
Gosnell: Trail Boss
The annual Trail Boss Award was given to Larry Gosnell during tonight's performance. Gosnell, who joined the Buffalo Bill Rodeo committee in 1989, has been instrumental in nearly every aspect of the rodeo, said Jerry Woodruff, another committee member.
"Everything east of the grandstands: the arena fence, bleachers, crow's nest, bucking chutes, rodeo office and roughstock pens, he's had a hand in it," Woodruff said.
Gosnell, who handles the promotions, marketing and sponsorship parts of the rodeo, also is friends with many cowboys and cowgirls.
"Nearly all of the major cowboys in the last 20 years have a good idea who Larry Gosnell is," Woodruff said. "He'll seek them out, shake their hand, and thank them for coming to North Platte. And if he's at another rodeo, he'll ask them to come to North Platte."
In other events, the steer wrestling average title was split between two men: Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D., and Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
Tie-down roping average winner is Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, and team roping champions are Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.
Barrel racing champion is Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, and the bull riding buckle went to Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.
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Final results, Buffalo Bill Rodeo, June 12-15, North Platte
Bareback Riding Champion
1 Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore. 88 points on 663 Hollywood Hills; 2 tie Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 85 and Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla. 85; 4 tie Caine Riddle, Vernon, Texas 84 and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 84; 6 Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore. 83; 7 tie Wes Stevenson, Lubbock, Texas, 82 and Tom McFarland, Bowie, Texas 82.
Steer wrestling - 1st go round
1 tie Bray Armes, Gruver, Texas 3.8 and Joe Buffington, Wheatland, Wyo. 3.8; 3 tie Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla., 4.0, Wyatt Johnson, Hoyt, Colo. 4.0, Tee Hale, White Owl, S.D. 4.0, and Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 4.0; 7 Aaron Vosler, Cheyenne, Wyo. 4.1; 8 tieJohn Franzen, Riverton, Wyo. 4.2 and Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D. 4.2.
Steer wrestling - 2nd go round
1 Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D. 3.6 and Chancey Larson, Manhattan, Kan. 3.6; 3 Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 3.8; 4 Chance Campbell, Alpine, Texas 3.9; 5 Trevor Duhon, Phoenix, Ariz. 4.0; 6 tie Forest Sainsbury, Camp Crook, S.D. 4.1 and Dillon Simonson, Purdum, Neb. 4.1 and Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala. 4.1.
Steer Wrestling Average Champions
Tie - Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D. and Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis.
1 tie Reed Petersek, Colome, S.D. 7.8 seconds on 2 head and Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis. 7.8 seconds on 2 head; 3 Chad Van Campen, Granada, Colo. 8.6; 4 Stockton Graves, Alva, Okla. 8.9; 5 tie Brent Sutton, Onida, S.D. 9.0 and Wyatt Johnson, Hoyt, Colo. 9.0; 7 Joe Buffington, Wheatland, Wyo. 9.2; 8 Wacey Real Bird, Garryowen, Mont. 9.4.
Team Roping Champions
Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo. and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D.
1 Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo./Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D. 5.2; 2 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D./Jared Bilby, Bridgeport, Neb. 5.3; 3 Colby Siddoway, Hooper, Utah/Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.5 seconds; 4 Garrett Tonozzi, Fruita, Colo./York Gill, Stephenville, Texas 5.6; 5 tie Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Wade Masters, Durango, Colo. 5.7 and Cole Dorenkamp, Lamar, Colo./Ryon Tittel, Pueblo, Colo. 5.7; 7 tie Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas/Chad Williams, Stephenville, Texas 6.0 and Ryan Von Ahn of Sac City Iowa/JW Beck, Wright City, Okla. 6.0.
Saddle Bronc Riding Champion
Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D.
1 Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D. 84 points on 7 Dirty Joke; 2 Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo. 81; 3 Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D. 80; 4 tie Isaac Diaz, Desdemona, Texas 79 and Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M. 79; 6 Clay Schaeffer, Dickinson, N.D. 78; 7 tie Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 77 and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 77.
Tie Down Roping 1st go round
1 Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La. 9.1; 2 tie Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas 10.1 and Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 10.1; 4 Paul David Tierney, Oral, S.D. 10.7; 5 tie Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich. 10.8 and Mesquite Mahaffey, Sweetwater, Texas 10.8.
Tie-down roping - 2nd round
1 Josh Peek, Pueblo, Colo. 8.7; 2 Garrett Nokes, McCook, Neb. 8.9; 3 Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas 9.5; 4 tie Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich. 9.6 and Justin Scofield, Volga, S.D. 9.6; 6 Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb. 9.9.
Tie-down roping average champion
Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas
1 Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 20.3 seconds on 2 head; 2 Cody McCartney, Ottawa Lake, Mich. 20.4; 3 Riley Pruitt, Gering, Neb. 21.4; 4 Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas 21.5; 5 Trell Etbauer, Goodwell, Okla. 21.8; 6 Jade Lyon, Meadow, S.D. 22.5
Barrel Racing Champion
Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas
1 Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas 17.40; 2 Wanda Brown, Edgemont, S.D. 17.61; 3 Natalie Foutch, Glendora, Iowa 17.63; 4 tie Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M. 17.66 and Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M. 17.66; 6 Cindy Gillespie, Ransom, Kan. 17.75; 7 Gretchen Benbenek, Aubrey, Texas 17.79; 8 Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo. 17.81; 9 Randa Kellogg, Point, Texas 17.84; 10 Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla. 17.86; 11 Michelle McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas 17.89; 12 Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla. 17.92
Bull Riding Champion
Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo.
1 Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo. 88 points on 684 Brush Hog II; 2 Buck Moon, Sargent, Neb. 85; 3 Kody Lostroh, LaSalle, Colo. 83; 4 Garrett Vig, Newell, S.D. 82; 5 tie Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D. 79 and Mason Lowe, Exeter, Mo. 79; 7 Chauncey Hesseltine, Thedford, Neb. 77; 8 Casey Stirling, New Underwood, S.D. 76.
(All results are unofficial.)