Dane Kissack wins tie-down roping title at 2012 Days of ’76
October 23, 2012
Dane Kissack lives about 20 miles from the Deadwood (SD) Days of '76 arena and the rodeo has been a part of his life since he was a toddler. He watched his cousins, World Champion Bareback Riders Marvin and Mark Garrett, win there and was inspired by the NFR ropers he saw on that dirt, from Joe Beaver to Cody Ohl.
"I was so young then I didn't know whether I wanted to be a roughstock rider or a roper," Kissack said. "I just knew I wanted to rodeo. I dreamed about being good enough to compete at a place like Deadwood and to win here, well, that's just amazing. Kind of surreal, to be honest.
"This was my third time competing at Deadwood, and when I placed here on my permit two years ago I felt like I had placed at the NFR … This is a lot better."
When Kissack's breakthrough happened on July 28 – winning the two-head average in tie-down roping – there were a passel of aunts, uncles and friends in the stands to witness the thing and add blessings to the deeply religious Kissack's day.
"I live my life for God all day, every day," said Kissack, 22. "Everything I do is through him. I feel blessed that He has provided me with good horses to ride and the talent to be able to have success like this."
The Spearfish, SD cowboy shared the first-round win with long-time friend Clint Kindred in 9.1 seconds and won the two-head average in 18.9 by four-tenths-of-a-second over two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Adam Gray.
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"There are a couple of ways you can look at things when you have the lead after the first round," Kissack said. "You can worry and say, 'oh, no, I've got to be careful,' or you can decide, 'I've got the advantage and they are going to have come after me.'
"That's how I approached it. I wanted to be aggressive and make a strong run. I went hard at the barrier. I got a rope burn across my face because I was so aggressive and it all worked out. I was 9.8 on a businessman's run, with two wraps to make sure."
It was the biggest win of Kissack's career both in terms of prestige and money earned; his $4,313 here pushed his season total to $10,198.
The other champions at the $187,132 rodeo were bareback riders Tom McFarland and Joe Gunderson (84 points each), steer wrestler Brad Johnson (8.2 seconds on two head), team ropers Colby Lovell and Russell Cardoza (10.6 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Jesse James Kirby and Chad Ferley (84 points each), steer roper Trevor Brazile (37.7 seconds on three head), bull rider Stormy Wing (87 points) and barrel racer Stevi Hillman (17.22 seconds). Travis Cowan was the all-around champion with $1,873 in team roping and tie-down roping.
Cowan/Elliott Gourneau and Lovell/Cardoza each came within one-tenth of a second of the arena record with their 4.8-second runs in the second round. Jake Rinehart was likewise one-tenth shy of the arena record in steer wrestling when he won the second round in 3.4 seconds. F