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89th annual Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo Holding on: Longtime pro Anding takes lead in bareback

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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 1:51 pm, Fri Sep 5, 2014.

BELTON — Steven Anding is addicted.  The 37-year-old father of three has been trying with all his will and might to kick his habit.

Fortunately for him he relapsed. The 17-year pro scored an 84 in the bareback event on day two of the 89th annual Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo Friday at the Belton Expo Center.

“I’ve been trying to wean myself off this year but it’s hard  — I love it so much,” said Anding. “Plus, my kids love the rodeo and I want them to get a taste of what their daddy does so they can have memories of watching me ride.”

Anding’s family was not present Friday night, but the sold-out expo center was privy to a professional cowboy riding a rodeo-tested mare. Anding held the utmost respect for his opponent.

“She is one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden. She moved real well and allowed me to make my corrections,” Anding said. “She was just outstanding.”

The soon-to-be 38-year old — his birthday is July 10 — has been slowly working toward retiring from the circuit. He just finds it too hard to do. So, rather than quit cold turkey, he has been slowly, meticulously easing off his addiction.

In a normal season, Anding would have entered in over 50 rodeos by early July — but this just the 10th he’s entered this year.

“I’m usually up north this time of year. Normally I tour Canada and Wyoming, but I’ve been staying closer to home because of my family,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me, but I have fallen in the rankings, but I’m still in the top-50 even with the fact that I’m riding less.”

His mark of 84 crushed the first day score of 67 by Ross Sherrod and no second-day rider approached Anding’s score.  

In other events, Huntsville native Heath Thomas finished in 7.8 seconds to take the lead in steer wrestling, while Australia native Travis Edwards’ 79 on Thursday in saddle bronc held true with two riders scoring 75’s Friday night.  

In tie down roping, Chad Kolbe from College Station finished in 8.8 seconds to force a three-way tie for first with day one leaders, Aubrey’s Clint Akins and J.D. McCuistion of Collinsville.

Chris Lawson from Hempstead and Center Point’s B.J. Dugger finished in 7.1 seconds in team roping, but it wasn’t enough to overtake day one leaders Dustin Davis and Kinney Harrell’s 5.7 seconds.

Shambrae Williams’ opening day time of 16.38 seconds in barrel racing was strong enough to last through Friday night despite Stephenville’s Casey Doebbler getting close with a 16.49-second finish on Friday.

Through the first two days of the rodeo, only Wesley Chisolm was able to last the necessary 8 seconds in bull riding. The Mossbluff, La. native earned a score of 75 on day two.

The rodeo concludes tonight, beginning at 7 p.m.

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1 comment:

  • Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er posted at 7:59 am on Sun, Jul 7, 2013.

    Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er Posts: 252

    Steer wrestling competition...just look at the article photo.
    I think in this instance...a picture paints a thousand words.

    The pain this steer must be in. Don't tell me it doesn't hurt the animal.
    Would any of you "cowboys" like another person to grab you by the ears, twist your neck , then throw you to the ground...I think not.

    “I’ve been trying to wean myself off this year but it’s hard — I love it so much,” said Anding. “Plus, my kids love the rodeo and I want them to get a taste of what their daddy does so they can have memories of watching me ride.”

    I wonder if the animals in the rodeo "love it so much"
    Yes, the kids are getting a taste of the rodeo.
    They are being educated on...the torment animals endure for the sake of enjoyment.

     

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