Rocker Steiner Heads Back to NFR After Finishing No. 10 as a Rookie in 2022
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BY BRETT NIERENGARTEN @PRORODEOBRETT
Rocker Steiner made a thrilling ProRodeo debut in 2022 that included entering the NFR in the Top 5 in the PRCA World Standings and leaving the 10th-ranked bareback rider and the Resistol Rookie of the Year. He also added a Go-Round win in just his sixth career NFR round.
In 2023, Steiner was once again proved his ability to make big rides in big moments and keep the rodeo world talking about his every move.
He enters his second NFR No. 7 in the PRCA World Standings with a chance to clear $500,000 in career earnings while still a teenager.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, $27,080
At just his second rodeo of the 2023 season, Steiner picked up where he left off in 2022. He made four straight rides of 86.5 points or better, including 90 in the Semifinals and Finals to win the rodeo. He matched up with two great Calgary horses in those aforementioned rounds - Twin Cherry and Yippee Kibitz.
Darby Extreme Barebacks (Montana), $6,755
Steiner was 87.5 points in the Long Round, which was barely enough to get him into the Finals among the best of the best in ProoRodeo. There, he was 90.5 on Moon Valley in one of the most thrilling bareback riding rounds of the year. Steiner tied for third and a total of six cowboys were marked 90 points or better.
Reno Rodeo, $5,405
Steiner kicked off 100 Rodeos in 100 Days with a Round 1 win on Two Buck Chuck of Powder River Rodeo in Reno. However, his 81 points in Round 2 were not enough to get him into the Short Round.
HIGHEST MARKED RIDES
Tri-State Rodeo (Iowa), 90.5 Points
Fresh off of a win at the Jim Baird Chute Out in Fort Madison on Sept. 6, Steiner claimed the rodeo win on Sept. 9 with 90.5 points on The Cervi Brothers’ Dream Machine, which was the highest marked ride of the year on that horse. His two wins between Sept. 6 and 9 paid him $7,000 total
West of the Pecos Rodeo (Texas), 90.5 Points
During a rodeo that concluded on June 24, Steiner went 90 on Faded Night of Pickett Pro Rodeo to get the win. He made a total of five rides of 90+ Points in 2023.
Magic Valley Stampede (Idaho), 88.5 Points
Steiner won checks on 10-of-13 rides in September and the biggest among those was the first one - $4,265 for winning the Magic Valley Stampede, a PRCA Playoff Series Rodeo, on Sept. 2. He got it done on Sankey’s Sozo and was 1.5 points better than Richmond Champion and Nick Pelke.
Lion’s Dixie Roundup (Utah), 86 Points
Steiner’s final win of the season, and second-biggest check in September, came at the Lion’s Dixie Roundup when he rode War Widow for 86 points to win $4,124.
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