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Dane Kissack dedicates win at Casper to Cade Swor

by Scott Kaniewski | Jul 14, 2018

CASPER, Wyo. – Dane Kissack just notched the biggest win of his rodeo career.

And he immediately dedicated it to fellow tie-down roper Cade Swor, who earlier this week suffered a broken arm.

Kissack had to battle his own injuries over the last year. As he showed on Saturday, he’s healed and feeling good, especially after winning the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., Saturday.

Kissack took home $6,651 after tying for sixth in the first round, winning in the finals and taking first in the average with 17.7 seconds on two head.

“This is the biggest win of my career,” Kissack said.

Kissack placed in the first round on his horse Rango, 10. He won the short round on his horse Lizzie, 11. Swor played a key role with both horses.

“I bought Rango from Cade last year,” Kissack said. “Then Cade taught me how to rope and win on Lizzie. I was having some trouble with her, just being able to rope good. Cade took me under his wing this winter and he taught me how to win on Lizzie. He’s helped me with both horses, and he’s been a huge influence. I wanted to dedicate my victory at Casper to Cade.”

Kissack tore his ACL last year. After rehabbing that, he suffered a herniated disk. He didn’t get back into the swing of the 2018 season until summer rolled around. And what a summer it’s been for the 28-year-old from Spearfish, S.D.

“My motto is I’m staying in my lane, I’m not looking around,” said Kissack, who took home more than $10,000 (a personal best) during Cowboy Christmas. “I’m staying focused on what I need to do, and I’m having fun.”

The win at Casper, a Wrangler ProRodeo Tour event, also will thrust him into the Tour standings.

Entering the weekend, Kissack ranked 49th in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $17,500. Winning Casper should move him into the Top 35 with less than three months remaining in the regular season.

“It took me until June to get to where I was competitive again and really quick-footed again and fully healed from my injuries last year,” said Kissack, who is headed to Nampa, Idaho, and Cheyenne, Wyo., next. “I don’t think I was in the Top 100 going into June. It’s pretty crazy that all this winning here in the last month has helped me leapfrog big time.”

Kissack was ecstatic with the win.

“God opened the door for me with my health and my horses’ health,” he said. “It’s been a really, really long journey. … I’m just overwhelmed and very humbled.”

Other winners at the $265,675 rodeo were all-around cowboy Reno Gonzales ($2,373, tie-down roping and team roping); bareback rider Grant Denny (167.5 points on two head); steer wrestler Hunter Cure (7.7 seconds on two head); team ropers Jesse Stipes/Jake Smith (17.3 on three head); saddle bronc rider Jade Blackwell (169 points on two head); barrel racer Kathy Grimes (34.76 seconds on two runs); bull rider Boudreaux Campbell (176.5 on two head).

For more coverage of the Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo, check out the July 27 issue of ProRodeo Sports News.

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