Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Dustin Flundra rides the tide to Las Vegas

Dustin Flundra's winning bronc ride at 2014 Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo
Jenaya Launstein file photo
Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) press release

With the inaugural Grass Roots Finals a week away and the possibility of significant changes to the Canadian standings still out there, the focus for the final weekend of the regular rodeo season was on the Wrangler National Finals races.

And when the smoke had settled and the dust cleared, unofficial final standings indicated that three Canadian cowboys had punched their tickets to Las Vegas. No NFR race was more dramatic than in the Saddle Bronc Riding where it came down to the last ride of the season before Pincher Creek’s Dustin Flundra nailed down the 15th and final spot on the NFR roster.

The three time Canadian champion will be making his third trip to the Nevada bright lights but never before was making the NFR quite as heart-stopping as this time around. Heading into the last performance at Hanna’s final stop of the Canadian rodeo season, Flundra trailed Utah bronc rider Jake Wright and South Dakotan Troy Crowser by a tick more by just over $500 for the final qualifying berth.

Flundra’s draw - a C5 horse called Red Tide.  And before a packed Hanna Indoor Pro Rodeo arena, Flundra worked the magic that has earned him four Canadian titles to collect 79 points and $771.55, not one of the biggest but certainly one of the most important cheques of his career. With Wright making some money in California, it was Crowser who was odd man out of the NFR final standings just $100 back of the Canadian.

“I think I’ll sleep a lot better tonight,’ Flundra admitted after the Hanna ride. “Between travel back and forth between Omaha and here—and a little bit of nerves, there hasn’t been a lot of sleep the last few days.”

Although Flundra pointed out that it was wife Niki who was thinking about the ride at Hanna more than himself. “I just try to go out there every time and ride the best I can. I told her it was meant to be then we’d be going to Las Vegas. And I guess it kind of worked out that way.”

Flundra was also quick to credit the horse he’d drawn in Hanna. “I’d had him in Cheyenne and placed there and Sam (Kelts) had been on him a couple of times. I knew that horse would give me a chance.”

Flundra was more than aware of how tight the race was for that last NFR spot. “I figured I had to win first or second. I didn’t want to have to do the math if I’d finished third at Hanna.”

One stop Flundra won’t be making is at this weekend’s Cinch Grass Roots Finals in Calgary (though he is qualified for the event) as son Ridge is committed to being the ring bearer at fellow bronc rider Tyler Corrington’s wedding in Texas next weekend.
About the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association: The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) with it’s headquarters in Airdrie, Alberta, is the sanctioning body for professional rodeo in Canada. The CPRA sanctions over 50 events annually with a total payout exceeding $5.1 million. Join us for the 41st edition of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) November 5th to 9th, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta at Rexall Place, our association’s premiere event. For more information please visit or call (403) 945-0903. Follow us on Twitter, or like our page on Facebook, and watch the action on YouTube throughout the year.

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