21 Years of Boyz & Bullz
Eriksdale, Manitoba - The 21st Annual Boneyard General Repair Boyz & Bullz event was once again a Bull Rider and fan favorite - taking place this year in front of another sold out crowd!
Event Producer, Ben Kinkead with Crossfire Bullriding Promotions styles this event a little differently than most. It starts off with a Mr. Perogie & Steak dinner, where the Noventis Credit Union Bull Draft is done live with the Bull Riders. A crowd of about 200 fans came early to watch this standout feature of the Boyz & Bullz event.
Wyatt Laughlin was 159 points on two head for the win. Round 1 saw him ride Rafter KO/Johnson Bucking Bulls' Missing Pieces for 79 points; Round 2 he took on Thrift Shop for 80 points - another Rafter KO/Johnson Bucking Bull.
With these two rides, Wyatt took home over $3,300.00 and 390 points moving him from 20th up to 11th position in the BRC National Standings.
Thank you to Ashton Laughlin for submitting the video clip of Wyatt's ride:
BRC caught up with Wyatt following the event. "...I knew after bumping up following Spiritwood I had the finals made. I wanted to gain more ground in the Standings riding in Eriksdale as well. It's such a good event being able to pick what bull you get on."
Eriksdale was also Stop #8 - the final stop - on the BRC Central Tour. Steve Maddison was the last man standing in this Tour and won himself an additional 400 points, which bumped him from a tied spot at 43/44th all the way into the Top 25, where he now sits tied for 22/23rd and has earned the opportunity to compete at the BRC Finals. An official presentation for the Central Tour winner will be done in Lloydminster during the Wrangler Bull Riders Canada Finals V.
New to Eriksdale this year was the Champions Challenge presented by Lucas Oil Products and Oil Mart, that featured the Event Champion coming back into the arena for another chance to win some cash!
The Champion picks from 1 of 3 bulls - the Bull he picks is the one he will compete on. He then picks a Challenger, who will pick 1 of the 2 remaining bulls. That Challenger picks a third challenger, who ends up with the remaining bull. The 3 Challengers ride off and the winner receives $500.00 - and of course, bragging rights!
With a bit of equipment malfunction after riding his second bull, Event Champion Wyatt Laughlin respectfully declined to ride in the Champions Challenge. This gave way for Marcos Gloria to step in, as he was second in the event with a score of 85 points on Stevens Bucking Bulls' 041 Pop Rocks.
The Champions Challenge saw a final outcome of Bull Riders 3 - Bulls 0. Third place was Ty Ellis on Stevens Bucking Bulls' Guitar Town for 81.5 points, second place Ryan Neufeld on Lazy S & Bonkowski Bucking Bulls' 3M Beef Supply with 82 points, and the winner of the Champions Challenge was Marcos Gloria with an 86 point ride on Rafter KO/Johnson Bucking Bulls' Smoke & Mirrors.
Thank you to Andre Oliveira for submitting the video clip of Marcos' ride:
There were no points awarded for the Champions Challenge, but points are one thing Marcos Gloria does not need too many of right now. Gloria finished the Season with 3400 points, 405 points ahead of the number 2 man and Season IV Finals Champion, Cody Coverchuk.
With Eriksdale being the final event on the schedule, BRC can officially congratulate Marcos Gloria on his title of Season Leader.
BRC has learned that Marcos is "...really celebrating sealing the Season Leader!"
We will all be celebrating another successful season very soon at the Wrangler BRC Finals V on December 1st & 2nd in Lloydminster, SK.
This is what it all comes down to! After 73 Events coast-to-coast across Canada and into Montana, USA, the #BRCFinals is where we will crown one National Champion. See you there!