Canadian Champs

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The 2008 Canadian Finals Rodeo wrapped up in November and nine new Canadian champions walked out of the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

Among them was steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. Cassidy's father, Greg, is a four-time Canadian steer wrestling champion and his brother Curtis has won the title once himself. What makes this particularly special is that all three men won a title riding the reigning PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, Willy. In 2000, Greg rode the horse to his last title and Curtis won on him in 2006.

The horse is 23 years old, so for the entire family to win a championship on him was exceptional. Cassidy earned $74,591 to win the title.

In the team roping, Canadians Murray Linthicum racked up $27,170 in winnings, while Dwight Wigemyr earned $26,954, each earning their respective titles.

Kyle Bowers won his second Canadian bareback riding crown, while bull rider Tyler Thompson snared his first-ever championship. Steven Turner won the all-around by earning $32,119.

Americans rounded out the list of champions, with Dusty Hausauer taking the saddle bronc riding title with $63,394, Tyson Durfey winning the tie-down roping with $59,069 and Lisa Lockhart earning $58,598 to win the barrel racing crown.