By: CHRISTY ATWOOD
ABBOTSFORD, BC (February 24, 2012) – Early in the first event of this weekend’s PBR Canadian Cup Series at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre, 2009 Canadian Champion Beau Hill gave the crowd something to cheer about with the highest score of the night on Kin Deadly (Vold Rodeo). Hill returned to the Canadian Cup Series for the third week in a row and posted 86.5 points for his textbook-perfect ride.
Second in the round went to Cody Moore who rode in his home province and scored 86 points for his ride on Smoke Ring (Skori Bucking Bulls).
Third place went to Matt Triplett of Lakeside, MT. He made the buzzer on Bomb Diggity (Vold Rodeo) and earned 85 points. Earlier this week, PBR Canada livestock director Jason Davidson said he expected Matt to score in the high 80’s. He stated that Triplett is a talented young athlete who really made a name for himself in the industry last season. His bull, Bomb Diggity has taken several former champions to the bank in 2012.
Tying Triplett for third was Australian Budd Williamson. Rafter G Cattle Co brought the bull Black Label to Abbotsford and showed the strength of their stock. Both judges gave the bull strong scores which ended in a total ride score of 85 points.
The top 5 was rounded out by Kyle Lozier who posted 84 points on Karate Kid (Two Bit Bucking Bulls). Winnipeg event champion Sevi Torturo posted a score of 82 on Diego (Girletz Rodeo Stock) to tie Aussie Brendon Clark in the round. Clark returns to the Canadian Cup Series after his shift on team Ford Invasion where he drove from Atlanta to Houston.
Stock Contractor Marchand, who brings the bull Kyle Style to the event, claims he 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.
The top two riders of the round each got on a second bonus bull to ride for an additional $1500. Cody Moore bucked off Evander (Girletz Rodeo Stock) in the bonus round. It was just another day at the office for former champion Beau Hill. In a crowd pleasing performance, he rode Little Bit of Sugar for 88.5 points in front of an energetic crowd. Points earned this weekend could easily catapult Hill to the televised Built Ford Tough Series tour that is currently in the middle of a 4 stop stadium run.
When asked about event highlights, director Davidson said it was great to see Beau Hill ride 2 bulls, win the round and claim the $1500 in the bonus round. He also stated that the best bull of the night was High Times (Two Bit Bucking Bulls). This bull is a newcomer in Davidson’s stock draws and will make a second appearance in Abbotsford in tomorrow night’s short go. High Times bucked off Bart Miller in section 3.
The PBR Canadian Cup Series in Abbotsford continues tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb. 25, 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. The event will continue in March with stops in London, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec and-later this year-in the Maritimes.
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