Green ready to ride heading into Showdown Sunday
Layton Green isn’t changing his game plan heading into Showdown Sunday at the Calgary Stampede.
The 23-year-old saddle bronc rider is heading into the final day of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth in the midst of the best season of his career, and he’s hoping to keep that momentum going on the biggest stage in the country.
“I’m feeling great. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I went down to Casper and Sheridan and went up to Teepee Creek and had some luck in all of them, so I’m just looking forward to tomorrow,” Green said.
After earning $13,000 to finish in first place in Pool A last week, the Meeting Creek, Alta. product has been doing his best to make the most of his four days off from Stampede competition.
“I just love getting on broncs. It’s fun, I like going to rodeos. I had a day off today so that’s kind of nice to have one day off before you’re up but I think a guy wants to keep getting on just to stay sharp before Sunday for sure,” he said.
Staying sharp hasn’t been a problem for the man with the feather in his cowboy hat.
At the time of writing, Green is the number one saddle bronc rider in Canada with over $31,000 in earnings.
He’s also holding down the number-eight spot in the PRCA World Standings with nearly $50,000 earned this season.
“It’s been awesome. Probably the best season I’ve had so far up to this point,” Green said.
“I set goals for myself and I look to achieve those goals by the end of the year and if you do it’s great and if you don’t then I guess you’ve just got to work harder at it next year.”
This isn’t Green’s first time competing at the Stampede.
Last year, the young gun saddle bronc rider missed the cut after getting bucked off his first two horses of the week.
This year, though, Green said he was coming in with another year of experience, which payed off in a big way.
“I think I was just kind of more experienced in general this year. Just kind of take things one horse at a time and just had fun.”
He added that he doesn’t plan to change anything about his approach heading into his first ever Showdown Sunday.
“I’m just going to go out and have fun and do the basics you know. You try not to overthink it. It’s just another rodeo. You could be in Benalto, Alberta or in the four-round at Calgary, I try to have the same mindset at both places.”