Flawless Nick Tetz Wins Prestigious PBR Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding to Overtake No. 1 Ranking in the Race for the 2021 PBR Canada Championship
By: Kacie Albert Monday, August 23, 2021 @ 11:02 PM
STAVELY, Alta. – At this year’s iteration of the prestigious PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding in Stavely, Alberta, there was no rider more dominant than 2018 PBR Canada Rookie of the Year Nick Tetz (Calgary, Alberta). Capitalizing on a double-entry, Nick Tetz went a flawless 4-for-4 to not only win the event, but also finish second, catapulting him to the No. 1 ranking in the race for the 2021 PBR Canada Championship and accompanying $50,000 bonus.
Marking the third event win of his career, Tetz got off to a hot start at L4L Ranch, tying for the Round 1 win after covering Irish Rebel (Wilson Rodeo) for 87.5 points.
Tetz then faced a bull in the championship round with a propensity to propel riders to key victories – Tractorland’s Pound Sand (Wild Hoggs/Corey Chmelnyk).
Not only was the striking bovine athlete instrumental in Daylon Swearingen’s (PIffard, New York) march to the 2019 PBR Canada Championship, but Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) covered Pound Sand four times in 2020 en route to the national title.
Following in Swearingen and Buttar’s footsteps, Tetz matched Pound Sand jump-for-jump in Stavely, making the requisite 8 for an 89-point score.
Tetz’s runner-up effort was also picture-perfect, headlined his career-first 90-point ride.
Following an 83.5-point effort atop Drivers Collision’s Big Wreck (Wilson Rodeo) in Round 1, Tetz recorded both the high-marked ride of the event, and his career, when he bested Al Capone (Wild Hoggs/Sure Fire) for a monstrous 90 points.
For both his golden and silver finish, Tetz earned a combined 47 national points, surging from No. 3 to No. 1 in the national standings. Tetz now lead No. 2 Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) by 26.33 points.
Despite finishing 13th, Parsonage, who rode Southern Heat (Vold Rodeo) for 77 points in the opening round, was unable to retain the No. 1 ranking. Parsonage was also unable to capitalize on his double-entry at the Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding, bucked off by Troubled Water (Shay Marks) in 5.43 seconds.
Attempting to become the first-ever back-to-back PBR Canada Champion, and third multi-time national champion in league history in 2021, Buttar was third, earning 12 national points.
Buttar, the only other rider to go a perfect 2-for-2, covered Double Major (Wild Hoggs/Corey Chmelnyk) for 83.5 points in Round 1, and Revelation (Wilson Rodeo) for 87 points in the final round.
The Saskatchewan man also finished 11th courtesy of an 81.5-point ride aboard Beer Buzz (Wilson Rodeo) in the opening round.
Buttar rose one position in the national standings, overtaking the No. 3 ranking. He trails No. 1 Tetz by 40.83 points.
Fourth was Griffin Smeltzer (Claresholm, Alberta).
Smeltzer’s effort, which netted him 10 national points, was highlighted by his co-victory in Round 1, earned courtesy of his 87.5-point ride atop Hanna Motors Winston Bruce (Skori Bucking Bulls).
The 21-year-old fell just short of his first-ever PBR victory when Gifted (Vold Rodeo) brought Smeltzer down in a heart-breaking 7.53 seconds in the championship round.
Smeltzer gained two positions in the race for the 2021 PBR Canada Championship, now No. 8 and 75.33 points removed from the top ranking.
Rounding out the Top 5 in fifth was Wacey Finkbeiner (Ponoka, Alberta).
Finkbeiner rode Longmire (Eno Bucking Bulls) for 85 points in the opening round to net 6 national points.
Unranked in the PBR Canada national standings prior to the event, Finkbeiner is now No. 15.
In the bull pen, Ripped at the Seams (Vold Rodeo/Rafter G Cattle Co.) was the high-marked bull of the event. Ripped at the Seams led the rank pen after posting a 45.5-point score for his 5.85-second buckoff of Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) in the championship round.
PBR Canada’s Touring Pro Division next travels to Marwayne, Alberta, and Lea Park Rodeo Grounds for the Garnier Custom Silage Marwayne PBR, presented by G Mack Oilfield Services on August 25. Action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. MDT.
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division – Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding
Stavely, Alberta – L4L Ranch
Event Results (Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Canadian Points-World Points)
1. Nick Tetz , 87.5-89-176.5-29-10
2. Nick Tetz , 83.5-90-173.5-18-6
3. Dakota Buttar , 83.5-87-170.5-12-4
4. Griffin Smeltzer , 87.5-0-87.5-10-3
5. Wacey Finkbeiner, 85-0-85-6-2
6. Dawson Shannon, 83.5-0-83.5-3-1
7. Logan Biever , 83-0-83-0.5-0
(tie). Logan Biever , 83-0-83-0.5-0
9. Ashton Sahli , 82.5-0-82.5-0-0
10. Brock Radford , 82-0-82-0-0
11. Dakota Buttar , 81.5-0-81.5-0-0
12. Brock Radford , 79.5-0-79.5-0-0
13. Jared Parsonage , 77-0-77-0-0
Jared Parsonage , 0-0-0.00-0-0
Cody Coverchuk, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Ashton Sahli , 0-0-0.00-0-0
Zane Lambert, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Griffin Smeltzer , 0-0-0.00-0-0
Micheal Ostashek , 0-0-0.00-0-0
Micheal Ostashek , 0-0-0.00-0-0
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Shay Marks, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Dayton Johnston, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Tim Lipsett, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Wyatt Gleeson, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Chad Hartman, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Coy Robbins, 0-0-0.00-0-0
Landon Schmidt, 0-0-0.00-0-0