Rookie Makes Miles and Money
Jordan Hansen now knows he made the right choice. The 19 year-old, Okotoks bullrider passed on a chance to drive 600 kilometres to compete at a PBR Canada event in Lashburn, Saskatchewan last Friday night to instead embark on a 900-kilometre trek to Dawson Creek, BC for a shot at strengthening his chances of making the CFR.
“I knew I had a pretty good bull going up there,” says Hansen of his draw at the Wrangler Pro Tour rodeo in Dawson Creek. “I’d seen him a few times and he’s been good every time.”
Hansen’s decision was good one. An 86-point ride was good for a split of 2nd and paid the 2011 Foothills Cowboys Association season leader just under $2,100. The next night was even better for Hansen as he placed 2nd in Elnora to pocket another $4,060.
“It comes at a really good time,” offers Hansen. “I was talking to a few guys who said ‘you’re not too far behind. You put together a couple of good weekends and you won’t be that far out’. It kinda all fell into place this weekend.”
The $6,146 Hansen takes home from the two rodeos will unofficially bump the 2nd-year pro from 22nd to 9th in the Canadian bullriding standings, a late season move that puts him firmly in the mix for his 1st Canadian Finals Rodeo qualification.
“It would be a dream come true. I’ve watched my mom (barrel racer, Adel Hansen) there a couple of times. Knowing I could’ve been there last year lit a fire under me. It made me want to work a lot harder this year.”
Despite his huge move in the standings, Hansen wasn’t the biggest money winner among the bullriders this past week. Zane Lambert pocketed $7,049 after winning the Elnora Brahama Rama and placing 2nd in La Crete, Alberta. Lambert, who is also after his first CFR berth, has now surpassed the 20-thousand dollar mark in earnings this season.
Steer wrestler, Layne Delemont is also eyeing a shot at his first trip to Edmonton in November. The Chauvin, Alberta cowboy had a pair of 4.1-second runs in Dawson Creek and La Crete to finish first and third respectively. The fast trips were worth $3,643.
Other big winners from the week included bullrider, Steven Turner ($4,707); barrel racers, Kim Schulze ($3,369) and Wacey Hollingsworth ($2,643); tie-down ropers, Erik Dublanko ($2,544) and Logan Bird ($2,461); team roper, Taylor Brower ($2,220); saddle bronc rider, Luke Butterfield ($2,394) and bareback rider, Luke Creasy ($2,515).
7-time Canadian Hi-Point champion, Curtis Cassidy showed off his versatility with three cheques, one in each of the tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling for a total payday of $2,630.
In the novice events, Kody Lamb continued his domination of novice bareback riding with a 74 point ride and $706 to add to his commanding lead atop the season standings. In novice saddle bronc riding, Zeke Thurston tightened the race for the three CFR berths with a 76 point ride for $706. And in the steer riding, Cameron Brown’s 76 point ride and $688 payday has all but punched his ticket to the Canadian Finals Rodeo by consolidating his third place spot in the season standings.
On the CPRA schedule this weekend are stops in Jasper, Alberta (Aug. 14-17), Pincher Creek, Alberta (Aug. 16-18) and Cranbrook, BC (Aug. 16-18).
For more information,
Pro Rodeo Canada
Phone: (403) 945-0903