Parker Breding NFR bull riding

Parker Breding, of Edgar, competes in the fifth round of National Finals Rodeo bull riding Monday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. 

LAS VEGAS — Curtis Cassidy laughed.

And the Canadian steer wrestler laughed some more.

Cassidy was asked about taking an extra bit of pride in winning against much younger competitors at the National Finals Rodeo.

“You always appreciate beating anybody, no matter what their age, at this,” he said.

The 40-year-old Cassidy won the sixth round of the steer wrestling competition at the NFR on Tuesday at the Thomas and Mack Center.

The 10-round, $10 million rodeo continues through Saturday. The NFR will determine the 2018 year-end world champions.

It was Cassidy’s second go-round win in three nights. The oldest competitor among the 15 qualifiers, Cassidy put down his steer in 3.6 seconds for another $26,230.

“Steer wrestling may be one of the most humbling of sports,” said Cassidy. “One night I’m up and the next night (Monday, no time), I was down. It’s a roller-coaster here in Las Vegas."

Fellow Canadian Scott Guenthner won the third round on the same Copper Spring Ranch steer in the third round with a time of 3.3 seconds. The same set of steers will be used in the ninth round.

“This feels awesome,” Cassidy said. “He’s a great steer and I was happy to get a good start and make a good run. I was almost more nervous because I knew I had a good steer.”

Cassidy, whose brother Cody is serving as his hazer, continues to lead the world standings with $184,124. However, he is 13th in the high-paying average.

“I know I’m not in the average,” said Cassidy who is competing with a grade-two sprain of an MCL in his knee. “My goal is to have $60,000 more won than the next place guy going into round 10 because I’m not in the average.”

He has a lead of $28,000 over Will Lummus, who also leads the average.

Bridger Chambers of Butte had a time of 6.1 seconds, while Ty Erickson had his steer stop a few steps out of the gate with the Helena cowboy sailing over the top. Chambers is fourth in the average, while Erickson dropped from seventh to 12th.

Another Helena cowboy had much better luck. Chase Tryan and partner Bubba Buckaloo placed second in team roping with a time of 4.4 seconds for $20,730 each The two are also third in the average and have earned $59,852 the first six rounds.

Clay Tryan of Billings and Travis Graves took a no time in team roping.

Chase Brooks of Deer Lodge was third in saddle bronc riding with an 89 point ride for $15,653. He was a half-point out of first place. Brooks has earned $45,638 at this first NFR. Brody Cress, of Hillsdale, Wyoming, took a no score.

Former Montana State rodeo team member Cort Scheer and former world and Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit champion Zeke Thurston shared first place with sixth-round record 89.5 point rides. It was Scheer’s third round win of the week.

Parker Breding was 86.5 points to place fifth in bull riding and earn $6,769. Breding has ridden four of six bulls at the NFR and is third in the average and second in the world standings.

Lisa Lockhart saddled Louie on Tuesday, going 13.97 seconds in barrel racing. The two did not place. Lockhart had ridden Rosa the first five rounds.

Other event winners were: Ty Breuer, bareback, 88 points; Tyler Wade and Cole Davison, team roping, 3.9 seconds; Cooper Martin, tie-down roping, 7.6 seconds; Hailey Kinsel, barrel racing, 13.63 seconds; Dustin Boquet, bull riding, 91 points. 

Sports writer at the Billings Gazette

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