PBR Canada Names 2017 Bull, Stock Contractor and Event of the Year
By: Kacie Albert Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:12 PM
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – PBR Canada has announced Nansen Vold’s Vold Rodeo Company, Johnny Ringo and Calgary’s Bullbustin' in Support of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre as the 2017 recipients of the Stock Contractor of the Year, Bull of the Year and Event of the Year honors.
For Nansen Vold and Vold Rodeo Company the win marks the third time the Ponoka, Alberta-based operation has earned the honor of Stock Contractor of the Year, previously taking the title in 2012 and 2014.
“It’s always good, and it never gets old winning contractor or bull of the year,” Vold said. “It’s something we strive for every season. We try to bring the best to all shows and it’s paid off.”
The 2017 Bull of the Year, Johnny Ringo, also hails from Vold Rodeo Company in partnership with Rafter G Cattle Co. This is the second time the company has won the award, previously in 2011 with VJV Slash.
In eight outs at PBR events this season, Johnny Ringo was ridden just once. Jared Parsonage made the eight aboard the animal athlete on Sept. 2 in Stavely, Alberta when he was the bounty bull, earning a score of 90 points.
“He’s been a great little bull all year,” Vold said. “A lot of guys didn’t see it in him, but I had a special place for that bull. I thought he had a lot of heart and he had one of the best years you could ever ask for.”
For the first time, Calgary’s Bullbustin' in Support of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre was named Event of the Year. This year’s event was won by Fabiano Vieira.
“We are very excited and honoured to be named the PBR event of the year,” event organizer Cody Snyder and PBR Ring of Honor member. “We had over 12,000 fans attend our sold-out event and have raised over two million dollars for various charities including the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre. We are thrilled to be able to make a huge difference in our city and to be able to deliver such a top notch professional event each year.”
Each winner was selected via rider vote of those competing at this year’s PBR Canada Finals.
The PBR Canadian Finals is the sixth and final event of the 2017 Monster Energy Tour, the nation’s first-ever cross-nation, nationally televised PBR series. The event will feature 35 of the top riders from the national standings, all vying to be the 2017 PBR Canada Champion.
This season, riders have had the opportunity to compete at more than 30 Monster Energy Tour and Touring Pro Division events across Canada to earn points towards the Canadian national standings, all in an effort to be the No.1-ranked athlete at year’s end and crowned the PBR Canada Champion.
This year’s Championship event will decide one of the most fiercely contended national title races in history. With 2,000 points up for grabs at the two-day event, the Top 43 riders in the national standings having the chance to leave Saskatoon as this year’s Canadian champion.