Bowers separates shoulder, then wins bareback title at Canadian Finals Rodeo

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EDMONTON - It was a painful wait for Kyle Bowers - and worth every second.
Bowers waited out a lengthy delay with a separated shoulder before he was crowned national bareback riding champion Sunday at the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Bowers edged out Dusty LaValley and Kelly Timberman for the title, despite falling off My Mistake and separating his shoulder.
He lasted just long enough to earn a score of 84, which earned him the championship.
"I missed her just one jump, and it spun me inside out," Bowers said. "That's where I separated my shoulder.
"Good thing it was the sixth round and not the fifth, because I wouldn't have been getting on her if it was."
In the saddle bronc, Chet Johnson earned second-place money aboard Miss Congeniality to capture the Canadian title. It was the same bronc that knocked Johnson silly at last year's CFR.
"I had a flashback to last year," Johnson joked, "to when I was about two jumps out of the chute and laying there in the dirt and watching her buck away. So I was a little nervous, yeah."
Dustin Flundra won the event with an 86.75 aboard Stardust. Johnson scored 86.
Al Bouchard narrowly won the tie-down championship, scoring an 8.1 to edge out Matt Shiozawa, who had an 8.2. Tyson Durfey won the round with a 7.1.
Bouchard's first title comes in his ninth trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
"I've wanted to win this for so long and the best way I ever thought of winning it was being the last guy on the last day," said Bouchard.
"I've been roping cows since I was in high school. I've been team roping since I was six years old. I've worked at this a long, long time. It's starting to feel pretty sweet."
Gaylene Buff didn't have the strongest Sunday, but still walked away with the barrel racing title. She won cheques in every round this week, including two wins and a second-place finish going into the final day.
Her Sunday time kept her ahead of Rana Walter and Brittany Pozzi.
"When we got back to the tent, we didn't know who it was who had won it," said Buff. "'It was you. No, it was you. I said, 'I'll take it."'
In steer wrestling, Cody Cassidy held off a strong charge from Hunter Cure to take home his second straight CFR crown. His win is the latest for the Cassidy family, following on the heels of his brother Curtis's win and his father Greg's handful of titles.
"I maybe have a little bit of my dad in me," said Cassidy. "I like going last.
"With Tanner missing that steer, especially, I knew I just had to go out there and catch my steer."
Curtis Cassidy scored a 4.1 to win the round.
In bull riding, Brett Thompson scored 88.75 points atop Speed Dial to hold off his challengers and win the 2009 championship.
"I was pretty pumped. I had bull of the year. If I ever had any better opportunity to win first, that was it right there," said Medicine Hat rider.
"You've got the best bull of the year, you gotta win. Just cock your hammer and go at it."

Organizations: Canadian Finals Rodeo

Geographic location: EDMONTON, Medicine Hat

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