Cody Cassidy wins Grande Prairie for first time

Cody Cassidy Photo by Rob Ganzeveld

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Alberta - In his home country, steer wrestler Cody Cassidy has nothing to prove.
The Canadian cowboy has won four Canadian Professional Rodeo Association national championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2015). He also has qualified for the Canadian Finals Rodeo 12 times.
Now, he can check another item off his bucket list - Grande Prairie Stompede champion.
Cassidy won the Stompede, which concluded May 29, by stopping the clock in 3.9 seconds.
"I have been coming to Grande Prairie for 15 years and I've never won hardly anything out of here," said Cassidy, who made his winning run May 28. "It's nice to finally win here."
During his run, Cassidy was riding Dusty Walker's CPRA Horse of the Year, Tank
"I had a steer that was supposed to be pretty good and he was slower," said Cassidy, 34. "I wouldn't say I made a great run or anything, I just did what I was supposed to do and it happened to work out that I won first."
Cassidy, who qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2010, would love to make another trip to Las Vegas, but is keeping things in perspective.
"If I had a good June up here (in Canada) I would certainly try and make the NFR, but it's awfully tough. I have a young family and I also have a business up here. It's very tough (to go fulltime in the PRCA) almost any other Canadian cowboy would attest to that. It's a huge sacrifice to be gone that much. There's absolutely no other place I would rather be than in Las Vegas in December, but it's a tough long ol' summer to get there."
Cassidy and his wife, Tanya have two children, a boy, Clyde, who is 2, and a three-week old girl, Quinn. Cassidy and his brother, Curtis run, Big Knife Outfitters, a guiding and outfitter business. Curtis has qualified for the WNFR five times (2002, 2008-10, 2014)..
"Obviously the ultimate goal is to win a world championship (in the PRCA), but the next best thing is to win a Canadian world championship. It's always good to win at any rodeo, but it's nice to finally do good at this rodeo (Grande Prairie Stompede). I've always enjoyed this rodeo and it's nice to finally win here."
Other winners were bareback rider Ty Taypotat (86.5 points on Duffy Rodeo’s Tweety Bird), team ropers Garrett Rogers/Jacob Minor (4.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Luke Butterfield, (85.5 points on Prime Time’s Rodeo’s Smokin Hot), tie-down ropers Rhen Richard and Shay Carroll (8.5 seconds), barrel racer Cranna Roberts (16.054 seconds), bull rider Jordan Hansen (84.5 points on Vold’s Slick). 

 

Grande Prairie Stompede
Grande Prairie, Alberta, May 26-29

Bareback riding: 1. Ty Paypotat, 86.5 points on Duffy Rodeo’s Tweety Bird, $3,057; 2. (tie) Orin Larsen, RC Landingham, Cole Goodine and Kody Lamb, 85.5, $1,783 each; 6. Michael Solberg, 84.5, $764; 7. Tyler Scales, 84, $637; 8. Dusty Lavalley, 83.5, $509; 9. (tie) Spur LaCasse, Kelly Timberman and Wyatt Denny, 83, $212 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Cody Cassidy, 3.9 seconds, $2,826; 2. Tanner Milan, 4.3, $2,590; 3. Dustin Walker, 4.5, $2,276; 4. Clayton Moore, 4.6, $1,962; 5. Denver Hoff, 4.7, $1,648; 6. Dayton Roworth, 4.9, $1,334; 7. (tie) Jerry Stojan and Jonny Webb 5.0, $942 each; 9. Travis Reay, 5.2, $706; 10. Ben Ramey, 5.3, $471.

Team roping: 1. Garrett Rogers/Jacob Minor, 4.9 seconds, $2,775 each; 2. (tie) Travis Gallais/Devin Wigemyr. Brett Buss/Klay White and Kolton Schmidt/Shay Carroll, 5.0, $2,235 each; 5. Clint Buhler/Rocky Dallyn, 5.2, $1,619; 6. Wyatt Branden/Tyler Schmidt, 5.3, $1,310; 7. Jonas Antoine/Cash Isnardy, 5.5, $1,002; 8. (tie) Jesse Popsecul/Kevin Schriener, Stetson Vest/Spencer Rutherford and Logan Bonnett/Keely Bonnett, 6.1, $668 each. 

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Luke Butterfield, 85.5 points on Prime Time’s Rodeo’s Smokin Hot, $2,989; 2. Dustin Flundra, 84.5, $2,366; 3. Andy Reed, 83.5 points, $1,993; 4.(tie) Tyrel Larsen and Chuck Schmidt, 82, $1,308 each; 6. (tie) Sam Kelts, Layton Green and Jim Berry, 81.5, $623 each; 9. (tie) Logan Hodson, Zeke Thurston and Cole Scott, 81, $311 each.

Tie-down roping: 1. (tie) Rhen Richard and Shay Carroll, 8.5 seconds, $2,805 each; 3. (tie) Matt Shiozawa and Stacy Cornet, 8.6, $2,195 each; 5. (tie) Logan Bird and Russel Cardoza, 8.7, $1,545 each 7. (tie) Chase Hofer and Blair Smith, 8.8, $976 each; 9. Blake Williamson, 8.9, $732; 10. Mark Nugent, 9.1, $488.

Barrel racing: 1. Cranna Roberts, 16.026 seconds, $3,448; 2. Braidy Howes, 16.054, $2,758; 3. Cayla Melby, 16.152, $2,244; 4. Valerie Frey, 16.181, $1,724; 5. Katie Garthwaite, 16.190, $1,379; 6. Gaylene Buff, 16.226, $1,034; 7. Jackie Ganter, 16.295, $862; 8. Sierra Shields, 16.348, $776; 9. Julie Leggett, 16.386, $690; 10. Taylor Shields, 16.413, $603; 11. Nicole Pana, 16.415, $517; 12. Rene Leclercq, 16.451, $431; 13. Carmen Pozzobon, 16.471, $345; 14. Kirsty White, 16.505, $259; 15. Brooke Wills, 16.521, $172.

Bull riding: 1. Jordan Hansen, 84.5 points on Vold’s Slick, $2,730; 2. Dustin Bowen, 81.5, $2,161; 3. Tim Lipsett, 73.5, $1,820; 4. Garrett Green, 70, $1,479; no other qualified rides.

Stock contractor: Wayne Vold Rodeo. Secretary: Brenda Peterson. Announcer: Les McIntyre.