Joe Cassidy


We wish to inform the membership that Joe Cassidy passed away at his home in Kaikohe on Saturday

21st September 2013. Joe was a fierce competitor, spectacular horseman and a no nonsense guy who will be

sadly missed by his fellow competitors.

He won the following NZRCA titles

1998/1999 Rookie Team Roping Header – Waikouaiti

1998/1999 Rookie Rope and Tie – Waikouaiti

2003/2004 Champion Team Roping Header – Wanganui

2007/2008 Champion Team Roping Header – Urenui

Our prayers & thoughts are with Joe’s extended family at this very difficult time.

Kua hinga te tahi kauri i roto i te wao nui o tane.

Moi mai ra e te rangitira Joe.

Haere atu ra.


Tribute To Joe Cassidy – Aka Smokin Joe

Tama Tauraki first met Joe when he ran a Rope n Tie School at Rerewhakaaitu, Joe was Team Roping already but wanted to Calf Rope, that was 20 odd years ago they have been great mates ever since.


"Smoking Joe” came about because he huffed and puffed when he got in the box. The kids called him chew chew train or Old Train. He was great with the kids and they all have fond memories of him. He would have Christmas early at home and then travel down to my place and then off to the 1st Rodeo of the Christmas Circuit, the young ones would jump in with him.


He was a straight up no nonsense type of guy; he would go out of his way for people he liked weren’t many he didn’t. Very giving and do anything for his friends. A great mechanic who helped lots of people out, he will be missed greatly. Would ring and ask if you needed this or that for your truck and he would say ok that’s here for you. Would pull up at a rodeo and park away from all the hustle and bustle, if you walked over for a chinwag, he would offer you a feed, that’s the sort of guy he was.


He just loved to Rope and would practice and practice in his little old pen that had a ladder for rails not sure how that worked but it did. Kept himself fit, (did weights) he didn’t sleep much was up by 4, cooked his breakfast and away he would go, mustering his cattle or working.


Hard case fella, who travelled the country just to rope, got to love your own company when you are as travelled as Joe was. If his roping partner at the time needed a ride he would pick them and their horse up, totally dedicated to the sport of Rodeo. His stallion "BLU” is well travelled too, he would cart him everywhere and lots of cowboys roped off him. He won a title with him too. He retired him to stud and whoever wanted him could pick him up and put him to their mare and as long as Blu was looked after that was all Joe asked of them. Joe bred a lot of horses and Tama has had 3 or more out of Old Blu.


Joe asked Tama to go with him to the McCarthys’ Jackpot this year, Tama declined saying the weather will be wet & wild (justsaying thanks Tama it was) but when Joe rang and said he won, Tama was like what? Joe’s reply was the Jackpot you FOOL!


Evelyn Kirifi writes - Joe Cassidy was a LEGEND. He had an amazing drive to be the best at whatever he did and was the most competitive man I’ve ever met. He also had that X-Factor with horses and knew how to get the very best out of them and prepare them for their chosen paths. "Horses for Courses”, he would say. I was very privileged to have had Joe as my mentor and friend, however he was also the most frustrating and challenging male I have ever met. I can honestly say with a lot of love and respect, and have said this on a few occasions, that "Joe was the best arsehole I have ever known”. My daughter said on Facebook that Joe was a hard man and the only male I have ever listened to.


She was right. Joe taught me how to work my horses and ride a lot better. I remember Joe telling me when I first met him that, "I rode like a wounded Indian” (possibly still do) Joe and a few others taught me how to Team Rope -both heading and heeling and he would always give his time and advice whenever I asked him. Every now and then he would moan to Sue about the "Dizzy” things I did, and she would have to be our mediator. There were practices that he would say absolutely nothing because of my dizziness, and I used to shit myself because he would be watching like a hawk at the other end of the arena. If I was lucky at the end of the practice I would get a smile or a "Well done”. Joe was not a man of many words and would tell you once what the drill was and you had to get it or miss out.


Through all the years I’ve known Joe, he has also taught me patience, how to turn upsets into challenges and how to enjoy what I love to do, Rope.


Joe will always be in our hearts and minds and sadly missed. In saying that, Joe was there at Winchester and Methven rodeos giving his little bit of advice in the box to me, as he has always done in the past. I could hear him telling me to hurry up and get in the box at Winchester, and I even told him out loud that I couldn’t because there was a horse rearing up and in the way. At Methven, Joe was there telling me to shorten my right rein and to watch my steer. Heck, he’ll be around for a long time yet I’m sure and I know that Joe’s trusty mare Bellestar will continue with his teachings. My love goes to Sue and Joe’s whanau and I hope their road ahead becomes easier with time.