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Thursday, 17 November 2016 08:00

Not a Skiff of trouble, Csabay does it again

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Nancy Csabay’s daughter Kate and her husband Tony help Nancy celebrate her second consecutive Canadian Finals Rodeo women’s barrel racing title Nov. 13. Nancy Csabay’s daughter Kate and her husband Tony help Nancy celebrate her second consecutive Canadian Finals Rodeo women’s barrel racing title Nov. 13. Photo contributed

Nancy Csabay is Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s top women’s barrel racer for 2016, just like 2015.

It was the perfect ending to an amazing year for Csabay and her beloved horse Wicked at the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) which concluded Nov. 13 at Edmonton’s Northlands Coliseum.
Csabay finished third in the Nov. 13 races earning $6,004.23, but that still earned her top spot as the CFR’s Aggregate winner.
However, because of Csabay’s previous showings during the weekend and her standings during the year, the Skiff-area native earned the title of CPRA’s Canadian champion with a top placing of $72,010.65 edging out Oregan’s Callahan Crossley’s $70,849.06. It was close, but Csabay didn’t really focus on who was placing where.
She just wanted to do the best she could.
“I actually never gave it much thought. I actually thought Callahan had it won after Saturday night’s performance. Come Sunday she chose to not run her good horse due to health concerns,” explains Csabay who went from eighth at year-end standings to first due to earning more than $42,000 at CFR. “Then Kirsty (White, Big Valley Alta.) tipped a barrel on the last run which dropped her in the average and no money for that performance. So I guess I knew I’d won right at the end of the barrel race.”
She was thrilled with the weekend and the year, but gave all the credit to Wicked.
“I don’t think she was any different from the rest of the year. She’s at the age now that every run is pretty much the same unless I ride her incorrectly,” says Csabay. “Wicked is who I give all the credit for our success. She is incredible, a champ, and a life changer. I am so grateful to be the one chosen to be on her back.
“She ran hard and turned fast barrels and that’s all I could ask of her. She’s not a fan of running indoors especially if the crowd is close to the fence. She’ll shut down and so I find I have to ride her more aggressively inside than outside, but I think we both feel confident at the Coliseum and I think that plays a big part of being successful in any sport.”
Csabay has overcome a lot. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and overcoming it in 2014, she feels fortunate to be competing and doing what she loves. Nothing is taken for granted and she cherishes every day with her family and competing.
“My life in some ways seems surreal. I find it miraculous really. The people that have come into my life, the events that have unfolded, the life I live, is incredible,” she explains earnestly. “I feel blessed with all that has happened and with all the people that have come my way.”
It’s the positive outlook on life that not only keeps her grounded but one who wants to help promote rodeo, barrel racing and just be a positive role model. It’s not uncommon to see Csabay taking pictures with smiling children who are thrilled to have her share a photo.
“I believe that is part of my job to promote our sport, so if it means taking pics with kids that love barrel racing, or giving an interview for a newspaper, or helping others know they were meant for greatness, I will do it,” she explains. “We have enough bad publicity already with our sport, so I find if I can educate, help, or support others in the sport of rodeo, the better it will be for our sport. So essentially, I am focused on barrel racing, but in a way of promoting it. When I’m in that saddle however, it’s all about Wicked, those three barrels, and me, but if someone wanted to take a pic, I’d give it to them.”
Winning two in a row for Csabay is a good feeling, but she doesn’t put 2015 ahead of 2016 or vice versa.
“I think every championship is special. It doesn’t happen every day and it is what we work for every year, so yes it is special. Is it extra special? It’s different than the first one but just as special.”
Brooks’ barrel racer Lynette Brodoway finished a respectable fifth overall after being seated fifth after the season’s standings. In total, after the weekend, Brodoway wound up with $37,509.94.

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