By Ted Harbin/for the Waller County Fair and Rodeo
HEMPSTEAD, Texas – In his career, Clint Cannon has earned many significant titles.
Eleven years ago, he was the Resistol Bareback Rookie of the Year in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Since then, he’s followed that with wins at RodeoHouston, the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede and numerous other ProRodeo events. He’s a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Waller, Texas.
He had never won the championship at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo … until Oct. 4. He rode Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Night Bells for 87 points to win the championship, pocketing $2,121 in the process.
“I’ve been coming to the Waller County rodeo since I was little,” Cannon said. “We got it to be a ProRodeo four years ago, and I never even placed until this year. To win in front of everybody – I’m getting toward the end of my career – feels good to let everybody come out and see in person that I can ride.
“A lot of people in my hometown never get to see me win, they just get to see me on TV.”
It marked the second time in two nights that Cannon won in Hempstead; on Friday night, he was part of the 8 Second Bareback Shootout, a head-to-head match against rising star Richmond Champion of The Woodlands, Texas. In all, Cannon pocketed more than $3,600 at his hometown rodeo, and he topped it off on the final night on Night Bells, a horse that’s been to the NFR several times.
“That was my first time on that horse, and he’s awesome,” he said. “He blows out of the chute hard and comes across the arena. I’ve wanted to get on that horse for a while.”
Casey Huckabee had been on Pete Carr’s Line Man before, so he knew a little about the big spotted bull. On Oct. 4, he posted a 90-point ride on the bull that’s been to the NFR each of the past two seasons.
“Winning this rodeo means a lot, because I came down here and didn’t have anything,” said Huckabee, 25, of Grand Saline, Texas, indicating he had little to no money in his rodeo bank account. “I thought I’d forgotten how to ride.”
Apparently he figured it out just in time, earning $1,433 for the victory. For every buck, jump and twist Line Man threw at him, Huckabee responded well.
“It was touch-and-go from the time I nodded my head,” he said. “I thought he was going to get me any second, but I kept going.”
Other winners were all-around champion Landon McClaugherty, steer wrestler Darrell Petry, team ropers Tyler Wade and Kinney Harrell, saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley, tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa, barrel racer Kelly Tovar and steer roper Trevor Brazile.
Courtesy of PRCA