Cannon got Dirty in winning Waco

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Clint Cannon’s a friend, and I’m proud to call him that. Tonight he earned the All American Pro Rodeo Finals bareback riding championship with an 86-point ride on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket.

It marked the sixth time this year that a cowboy has won a rodeo title on the 8-year-old bay gelding. It also marked the third time in the last calendar year that Cannon has tried his hand on the outstanding bucking horse – it’s the first time the Waller, Texas, cowboy has earned a title on the animal.

Clint Cannon
Clint Cannon

Cannon placed second in the 10th go-round at the 2011 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo; Kaycee Feild won the round on Carr’s MGM Deuces Night. This past June, Cannon placed second with an amazing 90-point ride on Dirty Jacket; Steven Dent won the rodeo with a 91 on – yeah, you guessed it – MGM Deuces Night.

So Cannon got over the hump. Good for him.

A little aside: Eight days ago, I was at Cannon’s hometown rodeo, the Waller County Fair and Rodeo in Hempstead, Texas, when I learned that my father was dying. By the end of the day, Dad had passed. I got a flight out early the next morning, so I went to the first performance that Thursday night.

When I saw Cannon, he asked about my dad. When I shared the news with him, Clint reached around my shoulders and hugged me, apologized for my loss and offered to do anything I needed.

Thing is, he’d just given it. That gesture is just what I needed, and I’ll never forget it.


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