07/13/2013 12:48 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Tie-down roping veteran Schneeberger back in the saddle at Calgary Stampede

CALGARY - Jerome Schneeberger keeps trying to quit rodeo, but he just can't say no to the Calgary Stampede. The Oklahoma cowboy had all about given up a competitive rodeo career last year, when a Stampede invitation brought him back into action.

The situation was similar this year.

"I had all intentions of rodeoing this year," admitted the 2006 Calgary Stampede tie-down roping champion. "I rodeoed through the winter, and was entered at all the rodeos through the Fourth of July, but just decided at the last minute to stay home, and practice up for Calgary.

"I love coming up here. I'm just fortunate to get the phone call every year that says 'do you want to come and rope with us?' I'd never turn it down. I don't get very serious about roping, but when it comes to Calgary I'm ready."

Schneeberger finished up his Pool B work Friday with a smooth 7.1 second tie of his calf, to win first place in the round, and push his total earnings to $16,000, best of the field.

"I'm not one of those guys who can just skip in there and do whatever, and pick up where I left off," said Schneeberger. "It's pretty tough on me. The first couple of days it's really rusty, but then, you know, I kind of get back in the zone, and go at it again."

Ryan Jarrett ($12,500), and Adam Gray ($11,500) trail Schneeberger in earnings. Murray Pole and Hunter Herrin tied at $5500 apiece, but Herrin advanced to Sunday's final by winning the most money in a round.

It was a 'must-win' situation in the bareback riding for Steven Peebles, who had only won $3000 before Friday.

But then the outlaw Nelly Kelly came to the rescue. The Vold mare gave the Oregon cowboy exactly what he needed, and with an 89 mark, he claimed first in the round. The $5500 win propelled him to $8500, and second in Pool B bareback standings.

Dusty LaValley topped the Pool B bareback riders with total earnings of $14,500. Rounding out the qualifiers were Will Lowe ($8500) and Ryan Gray ($8000).

It was a must-win scenario for barrel racer Lisa Lockhart as well. She and Louie made their opportunity count, flying around the pattern in 17.35 seconds for the first place paycheque of $5500, giving her $8500 and the last qualifying position. Sherry Cervi placed yet again, and she topped the pool with $17,000. Also making it through to Sunday from Pool B were Taylor Jacob ($14,000) and Fallon Taylor ($13,000).

Only four runs qualified for Sunday's finale in steer wrestling, including Cody Cassidy's broken barrier time of 14 seconds. Ethen Thouvenell was fastest at 3.7 seconds to get the biggest payday, and top Pool B with $11,500. Cassidy's win pushed him to second with $11,000. Matt Reeves and Zane Hankel both qualified with their $10,000 totals.

Bull rider L.J. Jenkins finished off Pool B on a winning note, with an 88-point ride for a $5500 cheque. But it was Brazilan Valdiron de Oliveira who managed to win the most money in Pool B with $14,000. The other qualifiers weren't far behind, with J.B. Mauney ($13,750), Jenkins ($13,000) and Austin Meier ($9500) earning themselves a rest on Saturday as well.

Cort Scheer earned 86.5 points to win first, but Tyler Corrington topped Pool B with $15,000, followed by Scheer ($11,500), Dustin Flundra ($11,000) and Jesse Wright (8500).

Saturday's Wild Card round will give the two best contestants from every event the chance to join Pool A and B qualifiers for Sunday's finale.