World Champion Steer Wrestler Cure Recovering from Surgery

by | Jun 30, 2014

2013 PRCA World Champion Steer Wrestler Hunter Cure is recovering from a micro discectomy on his back on June 18 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“They removed a portion of a herniated disc in my back,” Cure said. “(The doctors) said I could be out anywhere from six to eight weeks, but I’m hoping to be out there in five weeks. I’m going to go through physical therapy, and then I’m probably going to throw some (steers) down before I fly out to Spanish Fork, Utah.”

The Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Rodeo, a Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Silver Rodeo, is July 21-24. Cure last competed at the Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots, May 31 in Spanish Fork.

“The Champions Challenge was about the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Cure said. “The pain wasn’t getting any better, so I decided to have surgery. As soon I woke up from the surgery, the pain I was having before was gone.”

Cure was in 12th place in the June 30 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $23,566.

“I was in ninth place before the surgery, so I had a good start and if I can come back and have all my strength back, then I don’t see any reason why a person can’t do it (qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) if he wins enough in August and September.”

Not only did Cure have surgery this month, on June 26, his wife, Bristi, delivered a baby boy, Benton. This was the couple’s second child. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Halli.

“Everything has been moving pretty fast,” Hunter Cure said. “I’m also building a new house, so I definitely have been pretty busy.”

A year ago, Cure qualified for his second career WNFR in the No. 7 position with $65,007. He proceeded to win $108,348 in Las Vegas to capture his first gold buckle.

Courtesy of PRCA