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By: Keith Ryan Cartwright November 17, 2011@ 01:26:00 PM
Roy hopes to buck trend at PBR nationals
Canadian bullriding title on the line in Saskatoon
Black Diamond’s Tyler Thomson leads PBR north points race
The northern chapter of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) outfit charges into Saskatoon Thursday to prepare to declare its Canadian champion.
The reigning and two-time champion, Aaron Roy, will be among the 35 starters, but is out of the running for the title.
Same with Chad Besplug, who captured professional rodeo’s version of the Canadian championship last week at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton’s Rexall Place.
The PBR’s Canadian title is determined by a points system over the entire year.
Tyler Thomson, from Black Diamond, leads the points race and with a maximum of 1,500 to be won in Saskatoon only two rivals can catch him — Manitoba’s Zane Lambert needs to make up 930 points and Saskatchewan’s Dusty Ephrom is 1,230.5 in arrears.
But, the $75,000, three-round showdown has more than the Canadian championship at stake.
The winner of the finals itself, and likely the runner-up, will earn enough money to became alternates for the first half-dozen Fort Series events on the PBR’s world stage.
That could take them to places like Madison Square Garden on Jan. 6 and subsequent weekend stops at Anaheim, Portland, Sacramento, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Atlanta and Houston.
Roy is already qualified for those, but for guys like Besplug and Thomson, that’s their target.
And if they ride anything like they did at Edmonton, they should make an impact at Saskatoon.
They became the first two finalists at Edmonton to cover all six CFR bulls since Canadian rodeo champion Rob Bell did it in 2004.
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