Thomson Earns First Event Win of 2014 in Cochrane

COCHRANE, Alberta — 2009 Canadian Champion Bull Rider Tyler Thomson was the only man to ride both bulls at tonight’s Cochrane Classic Bull Riding.

For a man who sat fifth in the Canadian Pro Rodeo Standings up to this point, to not have won an event, he’s done quite well picking away. After tonight, Thomson should move up to second overall including a few dollars won in Medicine Hat and not counting what happens at today’s 101st Bruce Stampede.

“I’m really happy to win the event,” Thomson said last night over the phone. It’s safe to say now with $20,000 earned on the year he’s got it on cruise control for Edmonton now.

There’s one spot Tyler  is after still however, number one, and his second Canadian Pro Rodeo Championship. Currently that spot is held down by Saskatchewan bull riding sensation Dakota Buttar.

“I’ll catch him, I’ll see him soon,”  said Thomson, realizing “Actually, he probably won as much as me tonight, I didn’t make up any ground.”

With as much money as there is on the line at the 41st Canadian Finals Rodeo in November, anyone qualifying for Edmonton can win. As always, Thomson wants to be first going into Rexall Place.

Tonight in Cochrane an 81.5 on Just a Crackin’ from the Outlawbuckers earned him the sixth and final spot in the short go.

In that short round, Thomson was the only man to earn a score meaning he would take the top prize in the aggregate. 84.5 points was the ride on Franklin Rodeo’s Rainy Nights.

 

Just like Skyler said, Dakota Buttar rode Bottom’s Up and was top three in the long round. As Thomson noted, Buttar will likely end up with as much or even more money won due to this 86 point effort.

 

Ty Elliot is getting closer and closer to his return to the CFR, tonight’s 85 on Torch Head from Vold Rodeo left him in third place overall.

 

Another one of McBride’s picks, Scott Schiffner took Outlawbuckers’ Smirk to an 84.5 for third in the long go and fourth overall. As expected, Schiffner has earned checks at each stop so far this weekend with another bull on the line today in Bruce.

 

Garrett Green and Jared Parsonage rounded out the top five in the aggregate in a tie with their 82.5’s from the long go.

 

Event sponsor, The Cochrane Eagle took photos from the event which they put on Twitter including this shot of event winner Tyler Thomson.

 

Unofficial results from the Cochrane Classic CPRA Bull Riding on July 26th, 2014.

Long Go: 1. Dakota Buttar on Franklin Rodeo’s Bottom’s Up, 86 points; 2. Ty Elliot, 85; 3. Scott Schiffner, 84.5; 4. (tie) Garrett Green and Jared Parsonage, 82.5; 6. Tyler Thomson, 81.5.

Short Go: 1. Tyler Thomson on Franklin Rodeo’s Rainy Nights, 84.5 points, $400; no other qualified rides. ($600 ground money)

Aggregate: 1. Tyler Thomson, 166 on two bulls; 2. Dakota Buttar, 86 on one bull; 3. Ty Elliot, 85/1; 4. Scott Schiffner, 84.5/1; 5. (tie) Jared Parsonage and Garrett Green, 82.5/1.

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