CALGARY, Alberta — Dustin Flundra looked exhausted when he showed up in Brooks on Friday night but he didn’t act like he rode a bronc in Omaha, Nebraska the night before.
That night he said he was in a battle and after a buck-off Friday in Brooks things were coming down to the wire. Before things started on Thursday he was back by $165 from that 15th spot in the World Standings. Thursday though, the man he was chasing earned over $1,700 stacking up the odds.
On Saturday, Flundra countered with a check worth $1,272 in Kansas City but finished out of the money at the Champions Challenge in Omaha that evening. After another nearly sleepless night travelling again from Omaha up to Hanna the stage was set.
Going into Sunday Dustin was behind Crowser by $610 and 15th Jake Wright by $560.
I don’t go to many rodeos to watch as I’ve already worked 90 this year but Hanna yesterday was one I didn’t want to miss. As the bronc riding started I found a spot near Duane Daines and visited with him as we watched. Troy went first registering a score of 77 making things even tougher for Flundra, we knew he needed to win or be second.
Second place turned out being worth $771 which was enough to qualify Dustin for his third National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas when the standings were updated this afternoon. $148 was all that made the difference. Quite minimal over a year where both men earned nearly $60,000 at 50 to 100 different events.
Congratulations on making it back Dustin!
Another guy who made it back to the NFR after a couple years off was Montana Cowboy, Beau Hill. Ok, it may have been more than a couple years since he’s ridden a bull out of the yellow chutes (2004), but congratulations Beau. He’s qualified for the CFR in search of a Canadian Title in November.
The Canadian Pro Rodeo standings were updated this afternoon and only one event now remains. That event is this weekend’s inaugural Grass Roots Pro Rodeo Finals at the Agrium Western Events Center here in Calgary.
This morning, we weighed a bull against the Offensive Line for the University of Calgary Dinos Football Team. Turns out a bull adds up to about ten football players.
— Megan Kurcwal (@MegKurcwal) September 29, 2014
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s event at Ticketmaster.ca for this nearly all Canadian event. The final few spots for the 41st Canadian Finals Rodeo are available. It’s going to be a great show and I hope to see you all there. Action kicks off on Thursday Night with the Kick Off Party at our favorite spot, you guessed it, Ranchman’s.
See you all here in Calgary this weekend!