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PRCA: Cassidy dynasty extended at Canadian Finals Rodeo

EDMONTON – Another Canadian steer wrestling championship has landed in the Cassidy family household.

Season leader Curtis Cassidy captured his second title at the $1.3 million Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) , Nov. 10-14.

He and younger brother Cody have won four of the last five championships.

But, the siblings still have some ground to cover if they want to match dad Greg, who won four – three in a four-year span in the mid 1980s, and another in 2000.

Curtis prevailed this time around despite getting drilled in the back by a steer he leveled in 4.5 seconds during the third performance of the six-round fray.

He could barely throw a leg over a horse, needed to be injected with a powerful painkiller and was bedded down on ice before competing in the next two rounds.

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Yet, he turned down his steers in 3.9 and 4.0 seconds, both for second place, to clinch the bulldogging buckle the night prior to the last round.

Despite a broken barrier on that final day, Cassidy won the average with a total time of 35.2 seconds, more than five seconds faster than his nearest rival. He earned $42,607 to polish off a $75,285 year.

Cassidy also qualified for the tie-down roping, and while he insisted he drew good calves, he only placed once for $2,951. His dual income for the year in both events came to a record $91,909 and brought him what is called the High Point Award. It goes to the leading money winner in any two or more events, as opposed to the All-Around, which requires contenders to compete in at least one event at each end of the arena.

Cassidy is one of three Canadian champions who are Las Vegas-bound.

The other two are bareback rider Dusty LaValley and saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra, who each captured their third Canadian championship.

LaValley earned $38,180 at the CFR and $71,296 for the year, while Flundra gathered up $31,817 in Edmonton for a $59,417 year.

Jesse Torkelson, from Winfield, Alberta, won three rounds and placed fourth in another to capture the bull riding title after cashing first at an event-record 10 regular-season rodeos. He finished with an $85,419 year.

Steven Turner, the only contestant other than Cassidy to qualify in two events, captured his fourth all-around title after a $60,974 year in the bull riding and steer wrestling. And team roping heeler Rocky Dallyn, from Nanton, Alberta, collected his fourth championship, three of them with different headers. This time his front man was Chase Simpson from Claresholm, Alberta.

Attendance for the six performances was 83,936, a slight increase over last year.

EDMONTON – Another Canadian steer wrestling championship has landed in the Cassidy family household.

Season leader Curtis Cassidy captured his second title at the $1.3 million Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) , Nov. 10-14.

He and younger brother Cody have won four of the last five championships.

But, the siblings still have some ground to cover if they want to match dad Greg, who won four – three in a four-year span in the mid 1980s, and another in 2000.

Curtis prevailed this time around despite getting drilled in the back by a steer he leveled in 4.5 seconds during the third performance of the six-round fray.

He could barely throw a leg over a horse, needed to be injected with a powerful painkiller and was bedded down on ice before competing in the next two rounds.

Yet, he turned down his steers in 3.9 and 4.0 seconds, both for second place, to clinch the bulldogging buckle the night prior to the last round.

Despite a broken barrier on that final day, Cassidy won the average with a total time of 35.2 seconds, more than five seconds faster than his nearest rival. He earned $42,607 to polish off a $75,285 year.

Cassidy also qualified for the tie-down roping, and while he insisted he drew good calves, he only placed once for $2,951. His dual income for the year in both events came to a record $91,909 and brought him what is called the High Point Award. It goes to the leading money winner in any two or more events, as opposed to the All-Around, which requires contenders to compete in at least one event at each end of the arena.

Cassidy is one of three Canadian champions who are Las Vegas-bound.

The other two are bareback rider Dusty LaValley and saddle bronc rider Dustin Flundra, who each captured their third Canadian championship.

LaValley earned $38,180 at the CFR and $71,296 for the year, while Flundra gathered up $31,817 in Edmonton for a $59,417 year.

Jesse Torkelson, from Winfield, Alberta, won three rounds and placed fourth in another to capture the bull riding title after cashing first at an event-record 10 regular-season rodeos. He finished with an $85,419 year.

Steven Turner, the only contestant other than Cassidy to qualify in two events, captured his fourth all-around title after a $60,974 year in the bull riding and steer wrestling. And team roping heeler Rocky Dallyn, from Nanton, Alberta, collected his fourth championship, three of them with different headers. This time his front man was Chase Simpson from Claresholm, Alberta.

Attendance for the six performances was 83,936, a slight increase over last year.

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