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Peek takes commanding lead in Rapid City pre-competition

RAPID CITY, SD – Action kicked off Friday morning at the 33rd Annual Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo with the pre-rodeo tie-down roping competition in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Known as slack, this early competition allows timed-event contestants to compete in both go-rounds of the prestigious rodeo outside of performances, so the rodeo can accommodate all of the contestants that want to participate.

The annually televised Rapid City rodeo is the first event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Silver Million-Dollar Tour, and can be a major stepping stone to rodeo’s Super Bowl for competitors.

In the arena alongside the likes of defending world champion Trevor Brazile and defending Wrangler NFR average champ Tuf Cooper, among more than 50 others, Josh Peek took a commanding lead in the two-head average, as well as a step toward edging his all-around rival, Brazile, at the end of the PRCA season.

Peek, 30, of Pueblo, Colo., has been to the Wrangler NFR four times and is one of very few cowboys to have qualified for rodeo’s Super Bowl in more than one event (he has roped calves there four times and steer wrestled twice), along with Brazile.

In Rapid City, against a fresh, stout set of calves, the former Little Britches and national intercollegiate champion put up times of 8.7 and 9.6 seconds to take an early lead on two runs by a half-second. Brazile, who is leading the team roping average at Fort Worth, Texas, with partner Patrick Smith, had both calves get up in Rapid City and was unable to record a time.

Louisiana’s Shane Hanchey, the 2009 PRCA tie-down roping rookie of the year, is leading the first round with an 8.4-second time, and NFR veteran Blair Burk, after giving up on flanking his calf in Round One, got the job done in 8.8 seconds his second trip to tie for the lead in that round with Oregon’s Roger Nonella.

The format of competition this year has timed-event contestants competing twice for the coveted average title, and roughstock riders competing just once. All cowboys and cowgirls are scheduled to perform in back-to-back performances.

Steer wrestling slack will be held Saturday morning, followed by team roping slack on Sunday morning. The first rodeo performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and concludes Saturday, Feb. 6 with a matinee and evening performance.

RAPID CITY, SD – Action kicked off Friday morning at the 33rd Annual Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo with the pre-rodeo tie-down roping competition in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Known as slack, this early competition allows timed-event contestants to compete in both go-rounds of the prestigious rodeo outside of performances, so the rodeo can accommodate all of the contestants that want to participate.

The annually televised Rapid City rodeo is the first event of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Silver Million-Dollar Tour, and can be a major stepping stone to rodeo’s Super Bowl for competitors.

In the arena alongside the likes of defending world champion Trevor Brazile and defending Wrangler NFR average champ Tuf Cooper, among more than 50 others, Josh Peek took a commanding lead in the two-head average, as well as a step toward edging his all-around rival, Brazile, at the end of the PRCA season.

Peek, 30, of Pueblo, Colo., has been to the Wrangler NFR four times and is one of very few cowboys to have qualified for rodeo’s Super Bowl in more than one event (he has roped calves there four times and steer wrestled twice), along with Brazile.

In Rapid City, against a fresh, stout set of calves, the former Little Britches and national intercollegiate champion put up times of 8.7 and 9.6 seconds to take an early lead on two runs by a half-second. Brazile, who is leading the team roping average at Fort Worth, Texas, with partner Patrick Smith, had both calves get up in Rapid City and was unable to record a time.

Louisiana’s Shane Hanchey, the 2009 PRCA tie-down roping rookie of the year, is leading the first round with an 8.4-second time, and NFR veteran Blair Burk, after giving up on flanking his calf in Round One, got the job done in 8.8 seconds his second trip to tie for the lead in that round with Oregon’s Roger Nonella.

The format of competition this year has timed-event contestants competing twice for the coveted average title, and roughstock riders competing just once. All cowboys and cowgirls are scheduled to perform in back-to-back performances.

Steer wrestling slack will be held Saturday morning, followed by team roping slack on Sunday morning. The first rodeo performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, and concludes Saturday, Feb. 6 with a matinee and evening performance.


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