CALGARY - Following stops 2 and 3 of the PBR Canadian Cup Series in Winnipeg and Edmonton, the tour will travel back west to Abbotsford, BC for the Abbotsford Invitational. The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m in Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre. Abbotsford is the last stop of a three-week stretch of the tour that included stops in Winnipeg and tonight’s event in Edmonton.
Prior to the event, we caught up with PBR Canada stock director Jason Davidson to discuss this week’s matchups. Davidson is a 4 time CFR bullfighter who has worked closely with PBR for the last 11 years. He and Cody Lambert h bring the best bulls to Canadian bull riding competition and pay out over $1mil in prize money to bull riders in Canada.
Sevi Torturo vs. GRS527 Diego
Coming off a win at the Winnipeg Invitational, just 2 weeks ago, Sevi has been matched up against PBR Canada Finals Bull #527 Diego of the Girletz herd. Torturo will have his hands full with this draw as Diego was marked 44pts a few weeks ago against current Canadian points leader Chad Besplug, bringing him to the ground before the 8 second whistle in the Championship round in Winnipeg.
Chad Besplug vs. SKRI22 Festus
Besplug is likely physically and mentally as fit as he has been in his professional career. He bucked off 2x PBR Canada Bucking Bull of the Year VJV Slash in the Championship round in Edmonton this past weekend. A solid rider, Besplug covered past Canadian and World Rookie champion bull Unabomber at the CTP event in Vermillion AB Feb 17th. I expect Chad to handle this young Elli Skori bull with ease in Abbotsford Friday night.
Brendon Clark vs. CYRC833 Kyle Style
This is a bull born in British Columbia, and raised there by owner Ted Marchand of Vernon. Stock Contractor Marchand claims Kyle Style is the most consistent bull in his promising young herd. Clark will be looking to add to his 3rd place finish in Winnipeg and catapulting himself back on to the PBR Built Ford Tough Series with this ride. Canada was Brendan’s Clark’s first stop of his PBR career 10 years ago, where he dominated at 4 events and has been a fixture in the televised US Based Built Ford Tough series since. This matchup is slated to be a crowd pleaser.
Zane Lambert vs. MRTNL42 Joy Ride
This Kropius/Morton Bull is just what current Canadian #3 needs in round 1 to regain momentum. Lambert will not win the round on Joy Ride but should be able to put up a descent score on night 1. Zane needs to make a move in the standings this week in Abbotsford and he drew right down the middle of the pen to do that.
Matt Triplet vs. WVR520 Bomb Diggity
I expected Matt to have a better start to his 2012 season, he is a talented young athlete who really made a name for himself in the industry last season. Bomb Diggity, comes from the Vold Rodeo herd and took former PBR Canada Champion Scott Schiffner to the pay window in Edmonton with an 84 pt score. Triplet needs to get back to his 2011 ways to make the 8 seconds on this bull in Abbottsford, but if he does, we will surely see a score in the upper 80 point level.
About Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada:
Dollars earned at Canadian events counts towards qualification to the elite PBR Canadian Cup National Finals. Upon the conclusion of the Finals, the bull rider with the most regular season and Finals points is crowned the PBR Canadian National Champion. Money won at all Canadian events counts toward qualifying on the prestigious PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS). At the end of the BFTS season, the top-ranked PBR Canada rider will compete at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on PBR Canada, go to www.pbrcanada.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pbr.canada and Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBRCanada.
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