In his first round at the 2012 Calgary Stampede, Clay County steer wrestler Mickey Gee is among the top contenders in what may be his last year to compete at the professional level.
Gee, a three-time PRCA NFR qualifier and the 1999 World Champion Steer Wrestler, finished fourth in the Tuesday, July 10 performance of the rodeo with a score of 5.3. Leading after Tuesday’s performance was Rowdy Hays of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada, with a 4.4. Hays was followed by fellow Canadians Cody Cassidy in second place, and Straws Milan in third. Another Canadian, Curtis Cassidy, tied for fifth with Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., scoring a 5.4.
Gee is among 10 steer wrestlers competing for a chance to continue in Saturday’s competition, or advance to the Sunday finals in the tournament-style rodeo. He is competing in Pool B, and will draw steers in the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday performances, leading up to the final.
Pool A competition began July 6, and wrapped up July 9.
The top four money-winners in each pool advance to the Showdown Sunday finals, while the remaining six in each pool compete on Wildcard Saturday for a chance to advance. The winner of Showdown Sunday will come home with $100,000.
Gee qualified for the Calgary Stampede by finishing last season ranked eighth in the world following his performance in last year’s National Finals Rodeo.
Gee, 36, has been competing in steer wrestling since the age of 15. July 6, Mickey’s wife Amber announced he would run his last steer while at Calgary. “Although,” she replied, “I could see him still maybe entering Pioneer Reunion.”
The Calgary Stampede can be viewed live online at cbcsports.ca.