Canby graduate, former Montana State student earns most money at National Finals Rodeo

ARCHIVE PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Canby graduate Chase Dougherty 
One of Canby's own has claimed gold.

Canby graduate and former Montana State University rodeo team member Chase Dougherty won the RAM Top Gun Award on Dec. 15 at the National Finals Rodeo. That award is given to the competitor who wins the most money in the Finals in one event, which in Dougherty's case was $209,058.

Dougherty, 20, was more than $20,000 ahead of the next highest earner (Tyler Waguespack, $180,429), and was awarded a 2019 RAM 3500 Heavy Duty Truck and RAM Top Gun-branded gun from Commemorative Firearms. To top it all off, he was awarded a custom Top Gun buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

Dougherty was the leading bull rider heading into the 10th round, and secured the gold buckle in bull riding with an 82.5 score after eight seconds on New Frontier Rodeo's Wall Cloud. It was his first time qualifying for the NFR, and he finished the season with $342,000, just behind four-time bull riding world champion Sage Kimzey.

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