Steven Peebles Wins at National Finals Rodeo

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Bareback rodeo rider Steven Peebles scored 85.5 in the second round at the National Rodeo Finals on Saturday night, putting him in fourth in the season standings, with $119,060 in winnings. Peebles, of Redmond, Oregon, rode a horse named Cool Water, while winning his second straight round.

"Last night did help my confidence," Peebles said. "I hadn't been on in two weeks, so I felt like I came in a little rusty. I just want them to keep bucking for me."

Peebles added, "My new strategy this year is to not get too wound up. I try to stay calm, treat every ride the same, just like I do all year long. It (the NFR) was always too much on my mind in years past and I'd over-think it."

Here's a clip of Peebles' interview after the third round:

Defending season champion Kaycee Feild, of Spanish Fork, Utah, took first place Friday night, though didn't make the top six on Saturday. He still maintained the lead regardless, scoring 78.5 while riding Special Delivery, adding to a total of $140,307 in winnings. Bobby Mote of Culver, Oregon, remained in second place, with $137,305, after by placing third on Saturday with an 81.5 on Make Up Face.

Check out a clip of Peebles racking up another 85.5 while riding at AB CPRA 2012:

Regarding steer wrestling, defending season champion Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, California, won with a 3.6-second run. This put him at fourth place in the standings, up from 13th, with total winnings of $90,654. "I knew it was a mid- three-second run," Branquinho said. "It's just one of those things. There's so much adrenaline going. You just look up at the scoreboard and see how fast you are. I knew with the start I got and the run I made that I was going to have a chance to win the go-round."

Casey Martin of Sulphur, Louisiana, who was involved in a four-way tie for second place at 3.8 seconds, took the standings lead with $126,365. Trevor Knowles, of Mount Vernon, Oregon, who sits at second at $120,158, failed to finish in the top six at the rodeo, for the second round in a row.

Image via YouTube.

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