Bronc buster Rocker Steiner: TV star, rodeo star .. now Stampede star?

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Move over, Kevin Costner.

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Rocker Steiner is shaping up to be the next star of the Calgary Stampede.

Just 18, he’s introducing himself to fans and bustin’ broncs alike wherever he goes and did the same here Tuesday at the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth.

“Coming to your first Calgary Stampede and winning in the first round of your set is pretty damn amazing,” said the bareback phenom from the Lone Star State.

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“Very exciting.” 

Perhaps just as exciting as his cameo a few years back on the hit Paramount Network series Yellowstone, which stars Costner — an A-lister who made his way last week to the city to usher in the Stampede as the parade marshal.

“I did not meet Kevin on the show,” Steiner said. “I met Cole Hauser, who’s Rip, and Luke Grimes, who’s Kayce, and Jimmy (Hurdstrom), who’s Jimmy on the show … people like that — they’re all cool.

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“It was a different crowd. It was a good experience.”

During his one-episode appearance on Yellowstone, Steiner did what he does best …

“I just rode a horse in the show that kept bucking everybody off,” continued Steiner. “It was a little bucking horse called Jesse’s Girl — that horse has been around a long time.

“It was definitely different, and it was a lot of fun — something I’d like to do again.”

In the meantime, he’s busy making a name for himself in real life.

And Stampede fans got a taste of that early on during Day 1 action of Pool B competition.

Steiner rode Little Rotten around in a big circle, showing quite the command for such a young rodeo guy. It was spectacular enough to score 87.5 points and the $5,500 first-day win in the bucking stock event, and he let the fans know how good he felt about it with a yell out to the grandstand and his arms raised to the sky shortly after the trip.

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Simply put, it was breathtaking business.

“Oh, my god … I couldn’t breathe with my ribs taped down,” said the Steiner, trying to catch his wind post-ride. 

He was all wrapped up because a rib has popped up out of place.

But like any young buck, he put the injury aside and let enthusiasm — and good ol’ fashioned rodeo adrenaline — take over in the moment.

“I’m so glad I got up here, because that was a lot of fun,” Steiner said on Sportsnet. “These big crowds is what I thrive on. I was watching all my buddies out there going close to 90 — or looking like it — and it fired me up. It just pumps me up everything about this rodeo, and I guess it showed.”

It’s shown pretty much everywhere in what’s been quite the wild ride for the first-year pro. 

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He’s won eight titles so far this year — including his hometown one in Weatherford, Texas — for $69,280 on the PRCA circuit. That haul is good enough for 10th in the world standings.

And more of what he did Tuesday at the Stampede will only keep him trending upwards on that leaderboard and onto an NFR debut.

“Man, these big crowds is what I thrive on,” continued Steiner of his second rodeo in Canada after competing in the Ponoka Stampede two weeks ago. “That horse (Tuesday) was strong, you know … but it tests you and you can have some fun. And I did.”

Steiner beat out Montana’s Caleb Bennett, who scored 86.0 on Road Crush for $4,500, and fellow Weatherford star Leighton Berry, who posted 84.0 points and collected $3,500 on Xceptional Margarita.

And we might see a few more wins from him here before it’s done.

“I’ve had a good run,” added Steiner. “I guess you just keep trying and keep winning — that’s all you can do. You keep trying to win and go to the big ones and have some fun and hopefully get some more big cheques.

“I’ve known this was going to happen since I was a little kid. I just worked hard enough to make it happen. If you want these things, you’ve gotta work them, you know. 

“You’re not going to win a big cheque sitting on the couch.”

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