Sunday, August 14 2022

By Frank J. Buchman
A teenage Flint Hills cowboy shined the lights in Glamor Town even brighter during the first week of December.
At the famous Thomas & Mack, packed with spectators, the world’s best tie-downs were loudly applauded for the quick stops on the clock.
Just down the Boulevard Strip from The Entertainment Capital, Cash Fuesz matched string times indicative of the future of America’s No.1 sport.
Concurrently with the rodeo of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Finals, 18-year-old Eureka became the Reserve Rodeo Champion of the World Junior Finals in Las Vegas.
A remarkable achievement of the most admirable that is only fully recognized when the applauders hear the rest of the story.
Yes, Cash Fuesz is an inbred cowboy, with parents and grandparents working in ranchers, and he rode a horse before he walked.
Yes, the high school student is a longtime athlete who excels at being one of the best football quarterbacks in the state.
In addition to a strong heritage, Cash Fuesz is an ambitious, intelligent, smiling, humble, solid in faith, cooperative, leader and sympathetic friend to everyone everywhere.
That’s all well and good, but what the highly skilled tie-down rigger overcame to accomplish is even more heartwarming.
Champion in rodeo arenas long before kindergarten, adding a soccer vessel in sophomore, Cash has found his favorite sport complementary.
“Rodeo has probably always been my favorite, but I also really enjoyed football,” Cash said.
Knowing defeat but with major accomplishments in rodeo and football, a major disappointment, great discouragement came in his freshman year.
“I had a serious left knee injury while playing football which practically knocked me out in the sport,” Cash admitted. “I couldn’t play football and I couldn’t rope and tie the calves.”
Major surgery was required. “It was a failure, which was really more painful for me than the injury itself,” said the cowboy-football player.
A second knee surgery performed still did not resolve the issue. “Finally, I was referred to an orthopedic specialist who had been a Denver Nuggets team physician,” Cash explained. “I went to Vail, Colorado for his expert knee surgery, and luckily the third time was a charm.”
Following the therapy instructions closely, Cash said, “It wasn’t too difficult because I just considered those workouts to be healthy again.”
With no knee pain except when it’s really cold, Cash said, “I might not be perfect. And there might be some issues later in life, but I feel great now. I can rope, tie calves, and play football.
Examining the achievements of her last year of high school is living proof. “I’m able to tie up and tie up the calves to win rodeos and it’s been great on the football field,” Cash said.
To put it mildly, his achievements in high school pigskin. Eureka Tornadoes’ number 4 player Cash Fuesz has been named an Honorable Mention of All States quarterback. “After all the setbacks I had playing football in high school, it really helped me make up for it,” he said.
Still, it all made for a pretty busy schedule for the rodeo cowboy at heart. “The last year has been so much busier than the rest of high school,” said Cash, five foot seven and 190 pounds. “I didn’t want to miss any of it, to do my best in football, lassoing and academically. It was usually around midnight before bed every day, and then again early the next morning.
The son of Greenwood County ranchers Cory and Heather Fuesz, Cash is also heavily involved in all aspects of the ranch’s work.
“I help out with the cow-calf farm and look after around 4000 yearlings in the summer pastures,” Cash said. “Dad has a lot of skill with horses and is a good stringer, although he didn’t start competing in rodeo very young.
“Mom grew up riding, competing on horseback, a rodeo queen, a journalism graduate from Kansas State University,” Cash explained. “Now mom is Eureka’s manager on Main Street, but she’s still a big help with horse ranch work during peak times. “
Grandparents Clint and Irlene Huntington are also Eureka breeders. “My grandfather Clint is 90 years old and still runs his large cow-calf farm. Of course my parents and I help out when needed, ”Cash said.
His other grandparents, Gary and Vicki Fuesz, operate a farm near the community of Haxtun in northeast Colorado.
“My family is my biggest support in everything I do,” Cash said. “I couldn’t have done much without my father, mother and grandparents. I really appreciate all of their abilities, knowledge and encouragement.
My brother Clinton Laflin is a true inspiration and one of my biggest supporters too, ”said Cash. Laflin is a well-known, popular and most knowledgeable animal production specialist at the Kansas State University Extension serving Russell and Ellsworth counties.
A newbie in junior rodeos, Cash has competed in everything from horseback riding and sheep tug-of-war to speed classes. “He enjoyed every part and was actually really exceptional at tying the goats,” added mom Heather.
A graduate of the Heartland Youth Rodeo Association and Kansas Junior Rodeo Association competitions, Cash excelled during the upper primary years.
“I have qualified for the Junior High Rodeo National Finals three times and have done the short each year,” said Cash. His young arena skills have earned Cash five cowboy trophy saddles and over 50 championship rodeo loops.
With a badly shackled knee injury, Cash attended the Oklahoma High School Rodeo Association. “These rodeos were closer to home. There weren’t that many, but I still couldn’t go much because of my knee, ”he said.
Most of the stowage accomplishments have come in the form of junior calf roping events. They have included the Joe Beaver Roping, Chris Neal’s Rising Stars events, and The Patriot.
“This summer my family had fun at the Youth International Finals rodeo in Shawnee, Oklahoma and Best of the Best in Gallup, New Mexico,” said Cash.
Specialized in tethering instead of participating in multiple events, Cash said. “There is more action to use my athletic ability. “
In addition to personal skills, being a string champion requires a lot of training and high performance horses. “I am fortunate to have my excellent horses,” said Cash.
His main home horse is a 14 year old gelding called Main Gray Fly with a six year old sorrel called Hammer as a backup. “Tie was my main horse, but he had a serious injury and is under treatment in Texas,” Cash said. “Although Tie is only 10 years old, I don’t know if he will be healthy again.”
The personal training regiment is daily with the heaviest work on Wednesdays and Thursdays, while the weekends are often devoted to competitions. “There are more open rodeos and jackpots in Oklahoma, so I often go in that direction. I also sometimes participate in different amateur rodeo associations, ”said Cash.
“During football my mom and dad keep my horses fit during the week and ready to train,” Cash said. “I usually tie and tie a few calves from each horse, maybe dropping a few, and then mark several heads. I practice flanking and tying calves attached to the post as well as roping and tying dummies.
Credit is given to mentors who have worked with Cash to improve his roping skills. “Besides my parents, Clif Cooper, James Barton (Barton Performance Horses), Mick Loyd, Roy Durfey and Thadd Davis have really been a big help in developing my skills,” Cash said.
“A friend of mine Clint Graves transported my horse to Las Vegas and then I took off for the competition,” Cash said.
He roped and tied four calves in 36 seconds while the champion was in 35.9 seconds. Such fast builds require clocks that stop within 8 seconds, feats unheard of by the world’s best stringers just a few decades ago. “Your horse, the calf, the personal timing, everything has to be just right to tie them up and tie them up with that consistency,” Cash confirmed.
Even more than a rodeo and soccer star, Cash races the track and is a school and community leader. “I am in the 4-H, FFA and FCA competing in competitions and as an officer for each of the organizations,” he said. A key award signifying the 4-H elite is proudly displayed along with expansive rodeo reward tokens and football quotes.
National Honor Society Initiates High Level Intellectual Testing, Cash will attend Weatherford College, Weatherford Texas, through academic and rodeo scholarships.
“Johnny Emmons, former NFR qualifier is a great trainer there so I plan to tie the rope in the National Intercollege Rodeo Association,” Cash said. “I would love to participate in the National College Rodeo Finals every year. “
Pursuing a degree in agricultural economics, Cash said, “I plan to rodeo professionally full time after college. Then I can work in real estate marketing, appraisals or become a broker. Of course, I will probably always have animal husbandry activities as there seem to be opportunities here with my family.
Rodeo overheads are high, which makes Cash the most grateful for American Hat Company and Kimes Ranch Jeans sponsorships, arena clothing.
Success is proof that setbacks cannot hold back a determined cowboy.
Seen kneeling in prayer in front of a rodeo, Cash “leaves a legacy whether you know it or not,” the spectator admitted. “Awesome. God bless him, may his face shine on him.

Cash Fuesz, Eureka, on his horse Hammer displays abilities that make him one of the best young tie-downs in the rodeo world today. Mom and Dad, Eureka breeders Cory and Heather Fuesz are the hardest working coaches behind the action.

Proudest Grandfathers and Grandmothers Gary and Vicki Fuesz and Clint and Irlene Huntington are cheering support for everything Cash Fuesz does. Clinton Laflin, Kansas State University Extension Animal Production Specialist in Russell and Ellsworth Counties, provides inspiration, guidance and encouragement to his brother Cash Fuesz in all his endeavors.

Life in the Entertainment Capital is very different from being on a ranch in Greenwood County, Kansas, in Flint Hills, which Eureka’s Cash Fuesz discovered when he and Gray were in Las Vegas for the Finals rodeo. world junior.


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