PBR Canada’s Elite Cup Series Bucks Back to Medicine Hat, Alberta, for Third Time in History Oct. 14
By: Kacie Albert Monday, April 17, 2023 @ 12:00 PM
MEDICINE HAT, Alta. – For the third time in history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s elite Cup Series, presented by Wrangler, will travel to Medicine Hat, Alberta, returning to Co-op Place on October 14 with the PBR Medicine Hat Classic.
For one night only, fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 1,800-pound opponents bred to buck.
The Medicine Hat event will mark the eighth event of the 10-event 2023 season for the PBR Canada Cup Series, presented by Wrangler. Prior to travelling to the Alberta city, the Cup Series will visit seven towns across the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.
Last season in Grande Prairie, Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta) went a perfect 2-for-2 to win the PBR Medicine Hat Classic, and surge to No. 3 in the heated battle to be crowned the 2022 PBR Canada Champion.
Radford got off to an electric start in Round 1, delivering the fourth-best score when he conquered Devils Dues (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle/Legend Rodeo Stock) for 84.5 points.
In the championship round, Radford earned his second score when he remained in perfect time with Look At This Dude (Two Bit Bucking Bulls), reaching the requisite 8 for 85 points to clinch the victory.
The golden finish garnered Radford a crucial 65 national points. He surged from No. 7 to No. 3 in the nation, climbing within a mere 40 points of the top spot.
Nick Tetz (Calgary, Alberta) parlayed his own 2-for-2 effort inside Co-op Place into a runner-up finish, overtaking Logan Biever (Claresholm, Alberta) for the No. 1 rank in the Canadian standings.
The 2018 PBR Canada Rookie of the Year first put points on the board in Round 1 when he covered Super Fly (Eno Bucking Bulls) for 82.5 points.
In the championship round, Tetz covered Bustin Rhymes (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle/Legend Rodeo Stock) for 86.5 points to win the round and capture the podium finish.
The silver showing garnered Tetz a much-needed 57 national points. After traveling to Medicine Hat No. 2 in Canada, 54.5 points behind the top-ranked rider, Tetz surged to the No. 1 position in the nation.
The event in Medicine Hat contributed to one of the most intense national title races in the Canada’s history. Following a riveting regular season, nine riders traveled to the 2022 PBR Canada National Finals in contention to win the honor and accompanying $50,000 bonus.
Mounting a come-from-behind surge, Tetz emerged the 2022 PBR Canada Champion, surpassing regular-season No. 1 Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) and holding off a hard-charging Radford in the final outs of the season.
When the season ended, Tetz finished 26.5 points ahead of runner-up Radford.
Thus far in 2023, Tetz is on pace to make history as the first rider to win the PBR Canada Championship in consecutive seasons. Courtesy of an event win at the second tour stop of the season in Lethbridge, Alberta, Tetz is No. 2 in Canada, 8 points behind the top position.
Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) currently holds the No. 1 rank in the nation, a position largely earned via his Cup Series event win in Red Deer, Alberta, and a second-place result at the latest tour stop in Lethbridge.
The bull riding action for PBR Canada Cup Series’ Medicine Hat Classic, begins at 7:00 p.m. MDT on Saturday, October 14.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m. MDT, and start at $35, and can be purchased at the Co-op Place Box Office, and online at Tixx.ca.
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