It was another long road to the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) for 18th time qualifier Curtis Cassidy, who competed in both steer wrestling and tie down roping during the Nov. 5 to 9 national rodeo event.
Cassidy’s hard work paid off as he was named aggregate winner in the tie down roping with $52, 907 in total season earning, putting in second place and $26, 344 earned at CFR through the event.
In the steer wrestling Cassidy placed second on the final day, Sunday, Nov. 9, with $8, 781 earned. In the event, over the course of the CFR, he earned $14, 686 and collected a total seasonal winning of $48,932.
“Like always you come here to win . . . all in all it was a good finals,” said Cassidy.
The day before the finals Cassidy had one of the longest running times with a 10.2, however, his consistent riders throughout the CFR and zero ‘no times’ on the scoreboard allow him to sweep in and claim aggregate with 56.8/6 seconds.
“I wish I was able to tie my calf faster,” said Cassidy.
Cassidy was also hoping to win bigger in the steer wrestling but feels things just did not line up as he would have liked. “I just wasn’t at the right end of things.”
While he was not named the Canadian champion Cassidy did achieve another goal he had set for himself this year. Once the five-day rodeo was over Cassidy hoped to have amassed more than $100,000 in total season earning between his two events.
With the $41, 030 he took home from CFR Cassidy’s season earnings total $101, 830.
However, as it is with every competitor who qualifies for the CFR, Cassidy was gunning for the big title.
“You didn’t come here to win the average, you come here to win it all.”
Cassidy is also one of three Canadians who have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas this year, Dec. 4 to 13.
Cassidy’s brother Cody Cassidy also competed at the CFR this year where he placed below fifth place despite an absence of ‘no time’. During his fourth and sixth day at the CFR, he ended up with a 13.8 seconds each.
He finished the CFR with $13, 020 and $40, 204 in total season earnings.
First-timer Dru Melvin, who originally hails from Nebraska but resides with the Cassidy brothers, did not take home any money from the CFR. He did get in three qualified times, his fastest being 5.4 seconds.