Curtis Cassidy of Donalda had a 3.6 second run on his first go-round winning $26,230 at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cassidy is the number one ranked steer wrestler in the world.
“It’s an uphill battle here every day,” said Cassidy in an NFR press release. “The first night my horse had an off night and that’s just not like him. I was up the next morning at five am watching the videos from that first round. But last night and tonight with Scott and I winning the rounds—Tyson showed his true colours. There’s no other rodeo like this one—it’s like ten one-headers; you go from dust the first night to diamonds tonight. But my job is to score good, ride good and bulldog good and just go at ‘em every night.”
Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston scored 90 points in saddle bronc riding at the NFR. Thurston, a three-time World Champion, won $11,000 and is fourth in the aggregate and seventh in the world. Halfway through the NFR Thurston, in a press release, said he was happy with his performance so far.
“Yeah, shoot I’ve placed in every round so far except for last night when they threw me off right at the whistle. But I’m feeling great and I’m having a blast. Can’t wait for the next one.”
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo goes from Dec. 6 – 15 in Las Vegas.