Canadian Curtis Cassidy of Donalda, Alberta, is the No. 2 man in the most prestigious world standings in ProRodeo, the all-around.
He still has to have one of the best Wrangler National Finals Rodeos ever to surpass Trevor Brazile for the gold buckle. Cassidy has earned $137,461 wrestling steer and roping calves in ProRodeo, yet he trails Brazile by $159,000 heading into the final 10 days of the season with the biggest money on the table.
Cassidy is the No. 1 steer wrestler in the world standings, but that’s the only event he’ll be competing in at the Thomas & Mack Center starting Dec. 2. Brazile, who has already competed at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, is No. 1 in tie down roping and eighth in heading, which is a good reason why Brazile has earned $296,411.
If any contestant makes a clean sweep, winning each go-round and, as warranted, the NFR average title, he/she will win $220,030. If Cassidy were to do that, he’d finish the season with $357,491.
The third-ranked cowboy, Ryan Jarrett, would finish with $323,191, while fourth-ranked Josh Peek would finish with $322,236.
But let’s go back to Cassidy. Even if he were to pull off the near-impossible, Brazile would have to earn less than $61,080 while Cassidy handled the sweep.
So you see why it’s going to be very difficult for anyone to hold off Trevor Brazile’s record-setting eighth all-around world championship.