Highlights sponsored by Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall Inc. in Calgary, AB.
LLOYDMINSTER, Saskatchewan -- Brian Hervey of Brant, AB made Bull Riders Canada Inc. history on Saturday night at the Lloydminster Exhibition.
Hervey was awarded the Jensen Silver buckle for winning his second BRC National Championship after an incredible season in which he amassed over $31,000 and 6,500 points.
Before the conclusion of Saturday's Finals, Hervey announced he would be retiring from the sport that evening.
"I don't have the fire I once had and I'm ready to move on to the next chapter of my life," Hervey said. "I started riding bulls for the love of riding bulls, and winning $30,000 is a great achievement. I'm grateful for the BRC to have that much money up to win. I'm excited to see where the BRC is going take guys in the years to come. It feels good to make all that money and come out the National Champ. As far as going out on top, I couldn't ask for a better outcome."
He leaves the bull riding arena with two championships and finished the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals III presented by The Patchwork Group in a tie for second overall, taking home over $3,600 in earnings.
This year's finals event championship was won by Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan's Cody Coverchuk. Coverchuk put up 82 points in round one and came out with the win in round two thanks to an 86 on Blue Stone from the Flying High Rodeo Co. Heading into the Fox Drilling Finals he led the pack.
When no one unseeded him during those finals, his last ride only meant a bigger check as he'd already won the finals title and buckle. Unfortunately he would come up short on Cooper's Comet from Vold Rodeo but still went home with nearly $6,000 in earnings to finish fourth on the year.
Second at the finals, in a tie in the aggregate with Hervey, was veteran bull rider Miles Pennington. Pennington was 82 points in round one and followed that up with a win in the finals thanks to an 83.5 on Lazy S and Bonkowski's Crossfire's Pipe Slinger. Pennington also went home with just under $6,000 in earnings, finishing eighth on the season.
Manitoba's Landon Lockhart finished fourth in the aggregate and took home over $4,600 in earnings courtesy of an extra $1,000 from Friday's Fox Drilling Grudge Match. Rounding out the top five on the weekend was British Columbia's Matt O'Flynn.
Minion Stuart from Skori Bucking Bulls was awarded the Bull of the Finals buckle after his 44 point out in Friday's Grudge Match against Will Purcell.
$316,820.50 was paid out in third season of Bull Riders Canada Inc.