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Clint Cannon was very interested in taking the most money he possibly could out of Oklahoma City when he competed at the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo last weekend.

That’s why he competed just after getting knocked out in Laughlin, Nev. You see, Cannon’ s bareback riding rigging broke in Laughlin, and he took a ride off the back of his animal. Most likely he suffered a concussion, but the two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier didn’t let that stop him from competing for a national championship.

In all, Cannon won $8,364 and earned one of five spots in Sunday’s final go-round — only the top four were to qualify out of the semifinals, but Cannon’s 81-point ride tied Bo Casper and Brian Bain, so five bareback riders advanced.

Bobby Mote won the DNCFR title and more than $13,000, while Kaycee Feild earned the most money of all bareback riders over the four days of competition, $17,961. Kelly Timberman, the 2004 world champ, earned more than $8,500.

The goal of DNCFR qualifiers is to earn that coveted national championship, but the money earned inside Jim Norick Arena will go a long ways down the rodeo trail this season. Sometimes it means battling through a little pain to make it work.


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