DUSTIN BIRD, Cut Bank, Mont.
Dustin Bird isn’t Canadian, though it’s less than an hour’s drive from his home in northern Montana to the Alberta border.
Still, Bird owns one of the most coveted pieces of hardware ever issued by the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association – the 2012 team roping championship. But what made last season even more special was his first qualification to ProRodeo’s grand finale, the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Though he and partner Paul Eaves quickly learned the pressure that lives in Las Vegas in December, they also won the fourth go-round and left the City of Lights with nearly $30,000.
But Bird has high expectations, and over the years, he’s proven why. You see, the Montana cowboy is a three-time all-around champion at the Indian National Finals Rodeo. Though he burst onto the national scene just recently, Bird has been around the game for some time.
And those are a few of the reasons why he received that elusive invitation to be part of the field this weekend. Expect a lot of fireworks; Bird does.