2022 Canadian Bred/Owned Horse of The Year

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Dashin Haze "Tyson"

Dashin Haze isn’t just any ordinary 15hh gelding, he’s the type of horse they make movies about!

The Alberta bred 2005 brown gelding is by Royal Quick Dash and out of Sheza Special Chick, by Chicks Beduino; as a futurity horse, he made 14 starts on the racetrack, winning four of those races, and placing second in the Grade 3 Alberta Bred Futurity in 2007. “Tyson” earned his breeders and owners Darren and Marilyn Pollitt of Shady Lane Stables in Edmonton, Alberta $30,269 on the track. Today “Tyson” isn’t just any former racehorse that found himself a suitable second career he’s the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, for the third consecutive year, and has helped his cowboys to some of the biggest titles and payouts in the entire steer wrestling sport.

The value of a horse isn’t measured by the dollars he or she brings home alone, but if you own “Tyson,” knowing that he’s won the AQHA 2020 and 2021 AQHA steer wrestling horse of the year and brought pay cheques back to the barn for yourself and a number of other cowboys totaling well over the million mark we’re sure it must make Curtis Cassidy feel like he won some sort of the dream horse lottery!

Owned and trained as a “bulldogger” by leading Canadian and international cowboy Curtis Cassidy of Alberta, it was originally his wife who spotted the horse at a barrel race. “Tyson”, never really took to running can’s but after he came home to the Cassidy’s and was introduced to the cattle, Curtis said that they were jumping steers off him by the third or fourth steer, and it was like “Tyson” had been doing it forever.

For Cassidy the coolest thing about a horse like “Tyson” is that he knows that the horse understands his job and can perform to the best of his ability over and over again, coming fast and straight out of the box, keeping up with the steer, and ultimately very quickly lining his cowboy up, no matter who that may be so that they can get a good and early jump on their steer.

According to fellow steer wrestler Jesse Brown , he say “I’ve got all the confidence in the world when I’m riding Tyson,” after their recent second place finish at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida, where Tyson helped him ear $18,431. “He makes everything easy. I think he’s the best bulldogging horse in the world.” Just prior to the Florida rodeo in early April, the pair had captured the Steer Wrestling title at the The American, taking home $100,000 from Arlington, Texas’ legendary event.

With the 2022 Rodeo season now well underway for Cassidy and his Made in Canada brown gelding, the pair already have a number of wins and earning under their belt, with big claims still to stake at major ones like the Calgary Stampede all on the road to qualifying again for both the Canadian and National Finals Rodeo.

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