Paradise Valley, Alberta -- For the first time in Bull Riders Canada Inc. history, a rider who made it back to the short round on time, made a qualified ride in that short round and ended up tied for the event win. Another interesting fact of the Paradise Valley event was that for the second event in a row, a rider who qualified on time won money by staying on in the short round.
Australian bull rider Ben Gard won the long round with an 81.5 point score on Meston Rodeo Company 383 Finger Licking. Gard earned 100 points for the long round victory plus 190 points in the average for a total of 290 points and a 22-23 place tie in the Bull Riders Canada Inc. National Standings.
Another Australian, Josh Birks, finished second in the long round and became the new number one rider in the Bull Riders Canada Inc. National Standings; crossing the $10,000.00 earnings in the process.
Thank you to Josh Birks for submitting the clip of his ride that launched him to #1 spot for the Paradise Valley event video highlight:
Coy Robbins, Bawlf, AB, finished third in the long round and moved into the top five in the BRC National Standings.
Jory Pankonin, Westlock, AB. had qualified for the short round based on time and had drawn a Girletz Rodeo Stock bull Z6 Big Fudge. Pankonin stuck in on Big Fudge for a score of 81.5 and the result was he tied for the event win. Being the only rider to ride in the short go, Pankonin took home $4500.00 cash, 100 points for the short round victory and 190 points in the average; 290 total points which moved Pankonin from outside the top 45 to a tie for 22-23 in the BRC National Standings! Jory Pankonin “took the bull”.... good decision.
The bull riding and rodeo season is pretty much reaching the peak for volume with “Cowboy Christmas” coming up next week with over 100 cities or towns across North America having a rodeo or bull riding event. It is great to see the dedication of today’s younger bull riders. Today’s bull rider understands that they have to be fit, they have to eat right and that they have to train to be successful in the sport of bull riding. Most important... after they have done all the work to prepare for the competition, bull riders are taking advantage of every opportunity to get on bulls and showcase their hard work!
View the Bull Riders Canada website for complete Event Results and to view the current BRC Standings.