SWIFT CURRENT, Saskatchewan — For Canadian Cowboys Association standout Scott Sigfusson who is in his tenth year competing with the Association, next week’s CCA finals is another chance to add to his laundry list of titles.
A whopping 22 qualifications to the CCA Finals in team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping, seven titles, and the 2016 CCA Steer Wrestling Horse of the year to his credit.
Not too shabby for a cowboy who grew up wanting to ride bareback horses.
“When I was a kid I really wanted to ride bareback horses but Mom would never let me. Then I got bucked off a few saddle horses and realized how hard the ground was and decided roping was for me,” Sigfusson said.
“I first got into rodeo through high school rodeo, and following my older sisters around and my parents being active on the Wynyard Rodeo committee. I grew up a team roper, as my whole family did it. When the KCRA Rodeo Association got started up we entered those, then progressed to high school then college and the CCA. As I got older I wanted to try more things so I started roping calves, then the need for the bigger adrenaline rush came, so I started steer wrestling.”
Sigfussen claimed his fifth High Point season leader award this year, but admits that the competition in his events is fierce in the CCA.
“Everyone in the top-10 and the tour qualifiers have a chance to win,” Sigfusson said. “It really comes down to how well you draw and who can roll on with the week. Anyone here can win on any steer they draw and we have all worked our butts off to get here and have been working hard preparing for the week.”
Expecting his first child this winter, Sigfusson is unsure what the future holds in regards to rodeo, but said that making the extra money and showcasing his horses are a priority any year heading into the Finals.
“My goal is to win it just like everyone else. But I know a lot of things have to go right,” Sigfusson said. “I’d like to have a good week win enough to pay a couple bills and get through winter. I just want my horses to work at their best and for them and myself to perform to our best ability.”
The CCA Finals run October 17-20 in Swift Current SK. Sigfussen, who will have family and friends cheering him on says that fact is one of his favourites about the event. The family atmosphere.
“The CCA finals are great because everyone there is just like you or me,” Sigfusson said. “We work regular jobs have families and want to raise our families in this Association. We are competing there because we like to give the crowd a show.”
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