It’s another big win in Go-Round 7 of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, for Curtis Cassidy. The Donalda, Alta., cowboy landed his steer down in 3.4 seconds to split a first place check of $17,010 with Dakota Eldridge of Elko, Nev.
Cassidy said his winning run didn’t look smooth, but it sure doesn’t matter to him now.
“I didn’t have any idea how fast it was, because I barely caught him and I was piddling around out there,” laughed Curtis Cassidy. “It was one of them runs where they don’t put the win picture with the check. It was ugly… but it worked.”
Cassidy and his borrowed horse Tank (owned by CFR Qualifier Dusty Walker of Vanscoy, Sask.) sailed out into the Thomas & Mack arena and caught the black and white steer, so fast that it looked like he had broke the barrier.
“I thought it was probably under four seconds, but it didn’t feel nearly as fast as the other night when I was 3.3.”
At the finals Cassidy said, he’s been struggling with every element in the game. However, so far he’s now claimed $43,981 this week in Las Vegas and has $101,431 to his name in the PRCA standings.
When Cassidy walked across the stage at the South Point Inn and Casino on Monday to claim his fist go-round buckle of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, he was the only Canadian to do so since Lindsay Sears won Go-Round 8, in 2012. After Wednesday’s performance, he’s got red and white maple leafs waving high.
“It’s an awesome feeling, there is not a better feeling. To make it to the NFR is great, but there’s not too many guys that get to make a victory lap. To make two, is just the icing on the cake.”