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Moore wraps up rodeo season in fifth

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Steer wrestler Clayton Moore and his horse Pistol (seen above) earned over $16,000 at the 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton Nov. 7 to 11 where he finished fifth.

Pouce Coupe’s professional steer wrestler Clayton Moore had a respectable showing at the 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton Nov. 7 to 11, finishing in fifth place out of the top 12 steer wrestlers in Canada.

Moore won the third go-round of the competition on Friday, Nov. 9 with a time of 3.6 seconds, potting a hefty $11,398 for the day’s win to add to his CFR total for the season.

“The steer was pretty good and I got a good start,” Moore said about the go-round win. “Everything kind of just worked out and it felt really good.”

Moore also placed third on Saturday’s matinee go-round with a time of 3.9 seconds, only a second off from second-place Cody Cassidy to pocket another $5,000 and put his Finals total to $16,951.

“There’s a lot more money to be won, but $16,000 or $17,000 is nothing to laugh at I suppose,” he said.

“The Finals pay really good. That’s usually what I end up winning. One year I won $23,000 or so but that’s usually what I get out of there.”

Sharing his trusty sidekick, his horse Pistol, also added to Moore’s earnings by lending him to North Dakota steer wrestler Chason Floyd. By lending Floyd his horse, Moore made 25 per cent of Floyd’s $35,100.

“That’s a little more walking-around money,” Moore laughed.

A mishap during Saturday’s evening go-round is still stuck on Moore’s mind as it could’ve changed the outcome in a big way for the Pouce Coupe cowboy.

“It wasn’t a terrible Finals. I’ve had better ones,” Moore said. “My steer Saturday night, my hazer kind of missed the haze and that’s just part of it, you know, and I wasn’t able to get him caught and that took me out of the average. That’s what it all boils down to.”

The steer wrestler with the most money earned in the season and at the Finals earned the title of the 2012 champion and that went to Tanner Milan of Cochrane, Alberta who earned a total of $35,363 at the Finals and $56,166 overall for the season.

While Moore gets ready to head down to the U.S. in January for the start of the American rodeo season he’s keeping positive about his future.

“I feel pretty good,” he said. “The horses worked great, I’ve got some good things lined up for next year and I’m pretty happy with the way things are going.”

Moore will get back on the Canadian steer wrestling circuit in March, 2013.


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