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Dennison drops to 9th in barrel racing at WNFR

Dennison drops to 9th in barrel racing at WNFR
First-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Kassidy Dennison is currently sitting in ninth place in the average race after six rounds. The Tohatchi, N.M. has won over $34,000 by placing in two rounds. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

First-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Kassidy Dennison is currently sitting in ninth place in the average race after six rounds. The Tohatchi, N.M. has won over $34,000 by placing in two rounds. (Courtesy photo – PRCA)

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After an impressive start at the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Navajo cowgirl Kassidy Dennison has dropped to ninth place in the average race.

Through six performances at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Dennison has an aggregate of 94.84 after dropping a barrel in both the fifth and sixth round.

Nonetheless the Tohatchi, N.M., cowgirl did placed second in the second round with a 14.31 run and in the next round she covered the clover leaf pattern in 13.94 seconds for a first place finish.

Dennison credited her 9-year-old gelding Eagle for helping her turn corners as the pair has banked $34,000 thus far in the 10-day event.

“He’s pretty special,” Dennison said on Saturday night during the buckle award ceremony. “He’s nine years old and he’s originally from Indiana.”

In the team-roping event, Tuba City cowboy Aaron Tsinigine finally earned a check as a first-time qualifier with veteran team roper Clay O’Brien Cooper. The pair won the sixth round with a 4.00 run after recording four previous runs with penalties.

“This first round (win) means everything to me,” Tsinigine said to Kadee Coffman, the CBS Sports Net commentator. “I’ve been watching this on TV ever since I was a little kid and I finally get to stand here with Clay O’Brien Cooper, which makes it all feel good.

“I don’t feel like I’m a rookie,” he said, “because I watched this rodeo a million times so I know what’s going on.”

About The Author

Quentin Jodie

Quentin Jodie is the Sports Editor for the Navajo Times. He started working for the Navajo Times in February 2010 and was promoted to the Sports Editor position at the end of summer in 2012. Previously, he wrote for the Gallup Independent. Reach him at qjodie@navajotimes.com

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