ARROWWOOD, Alberta — Tonight’s ninth annual Buffalo Hills Bull Riding is under a heat advisory, it’s not the first time weather has played a factor in the event either.
“We just can’t seem to get away from mother nature here,” event organizer Nate Gardner of the Rafter G Cattle Company said this morning over the phone. “At least this year it won’t be raining, hailing, flooding or storming…. hopefully, but it is Alberta.”
Bull Riders Canada Inc. has a list of their top competitors entered this evening going up against a number of the sports future superstar bovine athletes that compete for a Jensen Silver Trophy Buckle themselves this evening.
“This bull riding is for the fans first with the sponsors, bull riders, the contractors and everyone else second,” Gardner said. “Our goal is to provide the best level of entertainment we can for our community. Anything we’ve gained or created from this event over the years, we’ve put back into it to keep it growing and moving forward.”
This year the crew has brought in a big screen for sponsors, instant replays but again most of all for the fans.
Speaking of the fans, both former BRC National Champion Bull Riders are set to compete tonight for their share of the $4,000 in added money and a Jensen Silver Trophy Buckle. Brian Hervey (2013) and Cole Young (2014) go up against the likes of 2014 BRC Finals Champion Josh Birks of Australia. Hervey and Birks are also first and second in the current BRC National Standings.
On the production side of things four-time Canadian Pro Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year Brett Gardiner is your host along with his pal Mike LaBelle taking care of the sponsors. Bailey Sawyer is on the tunes while Lon Streeter and Tyrone Maines fight the bulls. Bringing those bulls are the Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corp., Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls, Vold/Prescott, Wilson Rodeo, Rafter G Cattle Co., Two Bit Bucking Bulls and the Flying High Rodeo Co.
Personally, and on behalf of Everything Cowboy Inc., I’ve got to say thank you to the Buffalo Hills Bull Riding Committee, Arrowwood Ag Society and Nate Gardner for having me at their event over the past five years.
Speaking of the future stars I remember getting on or seeing a Flying High Rodeo Company bull by the name of Burn it to the Ground in Arrowwood in 2010. That bull has gone on to be one of the top bulls on the truck for the Calgary Stampede. The bull I rode Mexican style, with both feet and no hands, to win the event in 2011 is also now with Calgary and still called Jett due to his ‘747’ brand.
Arrowwood in 2011 was the bull riding I won to this point. Not saying I’m going to ride again or not but it’s the last one I won and also one of the first I worked the very next year for Everything Cowboy.
It’s great to see such a forward-thinking committee at this level it’s completely necessary for the future growth of our sport. Other bull riding and rodeo events take note, even Birks and Gardner are heading to the local school today to do a presentation and give tickets to the kids for tonight’s event.
It all starts tonight in Arrowwood at 7:00pm and continues afterwards at the Mossleigh Bar and Grill. On the weekend don’t forget the CCA and CRA co-sanctioned semi-pro rodeo.
See you all in Arrowwood!
Long go draw for the 9th annual Buffalo Hills Bull Riding in Arrowwood, AB on June 26th, 2015.
1 Cooper Zur Lundbreck, AB WR 847 Cajun Shaker R
2 Will Bruce Hunterville, New Zealand WR 91 Bible Dust R
3 Brody Irwin High River, AB 2BT 292 Pain Killer R
4 Lane LaPlante North Battleford, SK WR 981 Bat Outta Hell L
5 Brian Hervey Brant, AB 2BT 125 Pedro L
6 Dayton Johnston Milk River, AB 2BT 12 Nit Wit L
7 Kayum Hoque Manchester, England 2BT X43 All Jacked Up L
8 Wacey Anderson Naicam, SK 2BT 11 Real Calm R
9 Jordan Carlier Medicine Hat, AB FHR 214 Poison Candy R
10 Quinton Bock Maple Creek, SK FHR X217 Smokin’ Oak R
11 Austin Nash Sangudo, AB FHR 215 Spot On R
12 William Pooyak Sweetgrass, SK FHR 213 Easy Livin’ L
13 Dace Chisan Two Hills, AB VRP 222 Jersey Dip L
14 Will Purcell Merrijig, Australia VRP 135 Tick Tock R
15 Laurie Hawea Aisborne, New Zealand VRP -277 Exclusive R
16 Josh Birks Coonamble, NSW, Aust OBR 997 Red Bull L
17 Kim Forbes Quebec City, QC OBR 33 Guitars & Cadillacs L
18 Cody Coverchuk Meadow Lake, SK OBR 039 Dirty Steve L
19 Klay Lanigan Kaitaia, New Zealand OBR 1057 Ryan Coke L
20 Tanner Henderson Caroline, AB OBR C03 Wilfreds Way L
21 Jerett Nash Eckville, AB RGC 922 Foul Mouth L
22 Wyatt Laughlin Pincher Creek, AB RGC Z46 Uptown Funk L
23 Tyrell Ward Three Hills, AB WHB 295 Myth Boy R
24 Brian Symington Asquith, SK RGC 210 Noranden Nights L
25 Jake Wilson Cargo, Australia RGC 12 Chucksise L
26 Chase Thielan Milk River, AB WHB 224 Hou Back L
27 Anthony Horan Calliope, QLD, Aust WHB 644 Turkey L
28 Jacob Stahl Clive, AB WHB 200 Milk Man L
29 Leighton McNain Nanton, AB WHB 21 Finally Legal L
30 Nicholas Klinck Bashaw, AB WHB 209 Marshalls Law L
SHORT GO STOCK
6 FHR X232 I’m a Hustler R
5 VRP 205 Corona Time R
4 WR 959 Lawless R
3 2BT 201 24Hr Ted L
2 RGC 105 Johnny Ringo L
1 OBR 944 Mr. Capone L
STOCK CONTRACTOR LEGEND:
WR – Wilson Rodeo
2BT – Two Bit Bucking Bulls
FHR – Flying High Rodeo Co.
VRP – Vold Rodeo Co. / Prescott
RGC – Rafter G Cattle Company
WHB – Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls