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Published July 08, 2009, 12:33 AM

Rodeo notebook: Hausauer off after suffering back injury

Dickinson saddle bronc rider Dusty Hausauer won’t be competing in the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede this week after suffering a lower back injury on July 3 at the Livingston (Mont.) Round-up.

By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press

Dickinson saddle bronc rider Dusty Hausauer won’t be competing in the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede this week after suffering a lower back injury on July 3 at the Livingston (Mont.) Round-up.

Hausauer said Tuesday that he was back in Dickinson receiving treatments.

“They (doctors) are trying to get it figured out now,” Hausauer said. “I had X-rays and the doctors at home are looking at it.”

Hausauer’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time in his summer season.

He was coming off an 88-point ride that won him $7,581 at the Buffalo Bill Cody (Wyo.) Stampede on July 2 and helped move him hold strong at fifth place in the world standings.

But, Hausauer knew something was wrong after getting bucked in Livingston.

“I was just trying to make the best ride I could and the horse ended up bucking me off and I ended up slamming on my back pretty hard,” Hausauer said.

He tried riding in the short round of the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede on the Fourth of July but was bucked off.

Hausauer was scheduled to begin a four-day draw at the Calgary Stampede on Tuesday and was excited about the broncs he was drawn to saddle up on. The rodeo is one of the biggest money events of the year and cowboys can compete there by invitation only.

“It’s a shame I had all those good horses and just couldn’t make ’em work,” Hausauer said.

Dickinson saddle bronc rider Shaun Stroh won $5,000 during his four days in Calgary. He had an 82.5-point ride to place second in the second performance on July 4. However, despite going 4-for-4 on his rides, Stroh didn’t reach the Calgary short round.

DSU graduate Dunford trying to hold off Breuer in NDRA’s bareback riding

Lee Dunford keeps winning money in the bareback riding at North Dakota’s amateur rodeo circuits. He also keeps finding ways to save the cash he earns.

“My thing is I kind of hitchhike from rodeo to rodeo,” Dunford said. “I catch a ride to somewhere else and catch a ride back when I’m done. I jump in with somebody. They’re not expecting something and I throw in an extra 20, 30 bucks and they’re happy with the extra fuel money and it didn’t cost me much.”

One of the Menoken native’s biggest tasks this year is holding off one of the cowboys with whom he often rides.

The 2008 Dickinson State graduate is coming off a 72-point ride that won him Medora’s Wild West Days rodeo on Sunday and gave him a 40-point lead in the North Dakota Rodeo Association’s bareback riding season standings over one of his travel partners, Mandan’s Casey Breuer.

Breuer is coming off a North Dakota High School Rodeo Association state championship in the bareback riding. His older brother, Ty Breuer, won the NDRA bareback title last season while traveling with Dunford, who ended up third. Ty Breuer has since moved on to the pro circuit.

“(Casey’s) got lots of potential he hasn’t lived up to yet,” Dunford said.

This season’s bareback championship, it seems, may be lining up for Dunford to make a run at – if he can hold off Breuer.

While Dunford also competes in Roughrider Rodeo Association events, he has earned $1,374.34 this season at NDRA rodeos and has a good chance at improving upon that this weekend at the Boss Cowman Days Rodeo in Lemmon, S.D., the Dupree (S.D.) Pioneer Days Rodeo and the Bowman County Fair Rodeo.

“I don’t want to lose to both (Breuer’s) two years in a row,” Dunford said.

Monke is the Sports Editor of The Dickinson Press. His Rodeo Notebook appears in The Dickinson Press each Wednesday. If you would like to share a story idea with Monke, he can be reached by the e-mail listed above or at 701-456-1213.