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Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year 'Jessie' expected back for Rodeo Austin

Two-time PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year "Jessie" was injured during the preliminary rounds of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb. 4-20. The horse needed seven stitches to close a cut on his front left leg.

"It wasn't anything too serious, I think he just overreached," said Jessie's owner, two-time World Champion Lee Graves. "I had talked about bringing him back for the final round there, but he was still a little sore. He'd been standing in a stall at home for 10 days at that point, and the guys were still winning plenty of checks on my other horse."

Graves said Jessie - who won Horse of the Year titles in 2007 and 2009 - should return to action at Rodeo Austin (TX) in mid-March. In the meantime, a handful of guys combined to win nearly $32,000 between them while riding Jessie and his backup, Mister, at San Antonio.

Event champion Stockton Graves was one of the cowboys who rode both horses in San Antonio. He placed in the first two rounds of Bracket IV, tied for second in Semifinal II and won the Finals with a 3.8-second run. He cashed checks totaling $17,371 for his efforts. Kansas cowboy Shane Henderson also rode both horses in San Antonio. He took a no-time in the Finals, but was the event's leading money earner through the semifinals.

"Because of my injuries from last year, I didn't get into San Antonio, but I still made some money down there," Graves said. "It was still a good rodeo for me and the horses. Mister is a horse I've got leased right now from a guy in California. That horse has been around a while and proven to be a real nice horse."

Coming off a torn biceps in his left arm that ended his 2010 season in early March, Graves is anxious to get back into full-time competition.

"I'm at the gym as we speak," he said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. Sitting out most of the season just isn't a fun way to spend a year."

Two-time PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year "Jessie" was injured during the preliminary rounds of the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb. 4-20. The horse needed seven stitches to close a cut on his front left leg.

"It wasn't anything too serious, I think he just overreached," said Jessie's owner, two-time World Champion Lee Graves. "I had talked about bringing him back for the final round there, but he was still a little sore. He'd been standing in a stall at home for 10 days at that point, and the guys were still winning plenty of checks on my other horse."

Graves said Jessie - who won Horse of the Year titles in 2007 and 2009 - should return to action at Rodeo Austin (TX) in mid-March. In the meantime, a handful of guys combined to win nearly $32,000 between them while riding Jessie and his backup, Mister, at San Antonio.

Event champion Stockton Graves was one of the cowboys who rode both horses in San Antonio. He placed in the first two rounds of Bracket IV, tied for second in Semifinal II and won the Finals with a 3.8-second run. He cashed checks totaling $17,371 for his efforts. Kansas cowboy Shane Henderson also rode both horses in San Antonio. He took a no-time in the Finals, but was the event's leading money earner through the semifinals.

"Because of my injuries from last year, I didn't get into San Antonio, but I still made some money down there," Graves said. "It was still a good rodeo for me and the horses. Mister is a horse I've got leased right now from a guy in California. That horse has been around a while and proven to be a real nice horse."

Coming off a torn biceps in his left arm that ended his 2010 season in early March, Graves is anxious to get back into full-time competition.

"I'm at the gym as we speak," he said. "I'm feeling pretty good right now. Sitting out most of the season just isn't a fun way to spend a year."


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