By Greg Price
It wasn’t meant to be for Taberite Nancy Csabay at the Calgary Stampede earlier this month, but her pool emphasized exactly the type of barrel racers she is in the same field with, in top levels of competition.
“I thought it went really well. The competition itself was really, really tough. They set an arena record there in my pool,” said Csabay. “My pool was all NFR qualifiers or ones that are in the Top 10 for the NFR (National Finals Rodeo). Heck, to finish in fourth in the wild card round with 12 of those girls was pretty damn good.”
Csabay clocked a final time of 17.32 seconds on her trusty horse Wicked who has helped her qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo seven times including being champion in both 2015 and 2016.
“The race was out of this world. It was incredible, the crowd is always great at the Calgary Stampede and the ground was incredible. They went above and beyond to make sure the ground is safe for all of us and to be able to go as fast as we possibly can which is what we all did,” said Csabay. “It just wasn’t my turn to make it into the final four I guess. But I’m not disappointed whatsoever with my run. I am so grateful that I have this horse that I’m blessed to be on the back of and my family being behind me 125 per cent.”
In her many travels in her professional career, Csabay has competed in rodeos big and small in her barrel-racing career with impressive placings throughout. But however big the stage, Csabay treats them all the same in her focal points.
“It wasn’t that intimidating because I’ve been there before. It was just another rodeo to me, of course it’s a high-paying rodeo, but I look at every run as just another run,” said Csabay. “It is just me, Wicked and those three barrels. I love the crowds and my horse loves the crowds too, but in the end, it’s just me, her and those three barrels.”
According to the Calgary Stampede website, Csabay earned $3,750 in Pool ‘B’ standings.