EDMONTON – On the next to last ride of the weekend, the crowd went wild for Dusty LaBeth who rode Pop Evil (Big Stone Rodeo) for the highest score of the night at 89 points. LaBeth finished the night with 175 points to take home the event win and $7,675. In round one, he took the option for a reride after his out on Friends off, and scored 86 points on Kicking Stones (Eno/Kubinchak).
Fans got to see the dancing Australian Ben Jones do his famous jig twice in Edmonton. Jones rode Shot in the Dark (Bar UT Bucking Bulls) for 84.5 points in the long round, and earned the second highest score of the night at 88.5 points when he made the whistle on Fig Jam (Vold Rodeo). Jones earned $4,500 qualifier dollars for his win.
Third place went to Devon Mezei for his ride on Suttsy (Braithwaite Ranches). The pair won the round with 87.5 points. Bucking off his short go bull, Josh Ehlers came in fourth after earning 85.5 points for making the whistle on Bad to the Bone (Braithwaite Ranches). Rounding out the top 5 was Stetson Lawrence who rode for 85 points on Kin Deadly (Vold Rodeo).
Stock Director Jason Davidson said he was impressed with Pop Evil’s first trip at the Canadian Cup Series, but admits that the bull of the night was two time bull of the year VJV Slash (Vold Rodeo) who was scored at 45 points for his out with Chad Besplug who he bucked off in 1.94 seconds.
The PBR Canadian Cup Series will travel back west next weekend to Abbotsford, BC for the Abbotsford Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Abbotsford is the last stop of a three-week stretch of the tour that included stops in Winnipeg and tonight’s event in Edmonton.
2012 Edmonton Invitational Event Standings
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