When Cody Cassidy sets his sights on something, be it a trophy rack as an outfitter, or another title as a steer wrestler, look out. His razor-sharp focus takes him to the bullseye, as he proved once again at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Cassidy came into Edmonton as the defending titlist and season leader. He capitalized on the CFR cash opportunities, placing in every round but one, to ride off with his fifth Canadian gold buckle. That gives him one more than his father Greg, and ties him with Lee Graves.
“All I can say is it’s been an absolutely perfect season,” marveled the 35-year-old, who lives near the family ranch at Donalda. “I won everything that I wanted to win. The stars were aligned, and it was absolutely perfect.”
Cassidy was in the driver’s seat heading into Sunday’s final round. But he didn’t let up on the gas pedal, throwing his last steer down in 4.3 seconds, to place third in the round, claim first in the average, and cap off a $44,453 week, and a $79,371 season.
“I look at the dollar figures and know exactly what I need to do when I back in there,” admitted the younger of the bulldogging brothers, who hadn’t slept well Saturday night thinking about Sunday’s challenge. “The way it turned out, I probably didn’t even have to catch that last steer to stay ahead but obviously there was quite a bit of money on the line, so that was my main focus. That’s why we call come up here to the Finals, to make some money and to pay bills and keep the family happy.”
“I just kept picturing myself being on top at the end of it, visualizing ending up first, and I think that’s just as important as being able to go out there and do the job. It’s having faith in yourself that you can get the job done.”
Who was Cody having to fend off as his nearest challenger this year? None other than his big brother Curtis, who has two steer wrestling buckles of his own, and won over $30,000 at the 2016 CFR. The newest Cassidy steer wrestling buckle makes it eleven in the family.
“I would say Curtis and I maybe hav
e a bit of an advantage over the other guys, just because Dad’s been there and done it, and he’s helped us along the way with what we need to make the right recipe to win a championship. You need to surround yourself with the right guys, the right horses and the right game plan, and I’ve been fortunate there.”
For Cody, that has included Dustin Walker’s horse Tank and hazer Josh Harden.
“I’m not stopping anytime soon. I think I work harder at it now than I ever have. The results are speaking for themselves. I’m going to stay going to the gym, working as hard as I can at it. Ultimately my goal is to end up first every year. I’m a Canadian cowboy, so I concentrate on Canadian rodeos, and they’ve been great to me, so that’s my number one goal, is to be first for at least a few more times.”