Josh Peek claims all-around honors, bulls end rodeo

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By TRACY RENCK
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

Many of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's top competitors
came to the Colorado State Fair rodeo vying for honors.

When the five-day rodeo ended Tuesday night at the Budweiser Arena,
Pueblo's own Josh Peek was the brightest star.

Peek, thanks to stellar performances in calf roping and steer wrestling,
won the all-around title at the rodeo.

"It really means a lot to do good at your hometown rodeo," Peek said
in a phone interview. "My friends and family have always supported
me and for them to get the chance to see me do well is just
awesome."




Josh Peek

Peek, a 1998 Pueblo County High School graduate, pocketed $3,371 in
prize money in the two events and then was awarded an additional
$5,000 bonus check from Loaf ’N Jug for being the top all-around
cowboy at the rodeo.

"I feel like I'm good at both calf roping and steer wrestling and I just
happened to have a better week of calf roping at the State Fair," Peek
said. "I'm just really excited that I did that well in Pueblo. (Pueblo
chiropractor) Dr. Justin Youngren taught me steer wrestling and if it
wasn't for him, my family and friends, the people at Toyota Trucks and
all the support I get from the Pueblo community, I wouldn't be where I
am today."

As of Tuesday morning, Peek was third in the PRCA's all-around world
standings at $94,348 in prize money. He also was ninth in the PRCA's
steer wrestling chase and 20th in calf roping.

At the State Fair, Peek was second in the calf roping average (16.9
seconds) by virtue of placing second in the first-go and tying for sixth
in the second-go. He also won money in steer wrestling by tying La
Junta's Ken Lewis for fifth in the first-go. Both came in at 4.2 seconds.

"I really needed that performance in calf roping so I can make it to the
National Finals Rodeo," the 6-foot, 185-pound Peek said.

This year's NFR is Dec. 6-15 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las
Vegas. The top 15 cowboys in their respective events in the world
standings qualify to compete at the NFR.

"I have been in the PRCA for five years and this would be my first year
at the NFR if I can make it there," Peek said.

Peek left Pueblo on Monday morning after the slack competition and
caught a plane to Walla Walla, Wash., where he competed in calf
roping Tuesday morning. Peek is slated to calf rope this afternoon at
the PRCA rodeo in Ellensburg, Ore.

In the final event of the 2007 State Fair rodeo - bull riding - Dustin
Larsen put forth a solid effort.

While riders before him were going on some wild rides, Larsen tamed
Black Jack to a score of 80. That ride left Larsen in a tie for fourth in
the overall standings and won him $1,432 in prize money. He also
took home $100 for being the event's nightly winner. 2000 world
champion Cody Hancock of Taylor, Ariz., won the State Fair's bull
riding event with a score of 89.

"I had never been on that bull before and I just hung on tight and had
a good ride," said the 24-year-old Larsen, who lives in Manila, Utah,
which is three hour east of Salt Lake City.
Not surprisingly, the 5-foot-8, 130-pound Larsen has no fear when he
climbs in the chute with a 2,000-pound bull who has a mind of his
own.

"You know you're going to get hurt riding bulls, it's just a matter of
when and how bad, but this is what I do, I ride bulls," the baby-faced
Larsen said. "I can't worry about being hurt."

				
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