OYEN, Alberta — I find it crazy that some bull riding events are already turning 20 years old this year, some are event a year or two past that.
Some events are around for a few years, then the economy changes, the committee changes or something happens and an event goes away. Sometimes they come back, but for one to stand the test of time and go for 20 years is an incredible feat.
Hats off to the entire White Lightning Pro Cowboy Crunch crew for keeping this event going for all these years. As I’ve said before, some of the greatest rides in the history of our sport have happened inside this arena. Now sanctioned with both the CPRA and PRCA, this is a stop that has implications in qualification for both CFR and NFR.
Bull riding action begins at 6:30pm at the RCMP Centennial Park. Buckles, always impressive will be awarded to event champion, and winner of the Ty Pozzobon Memorial Steer Riding which is also sanctioned by the CPRA.
Ty Pozzobon Foundation merchandise is also available for purchase, two new styles of hats will be on site for the first time anywhere.
Bull rider Cody Floyd is on the mend and I asked him if he wanted to do the picks, so here are his thoughts on a couple of the Wednesday night matchups.
Jacob Gardner vs. 59 Homeboy
Jake has been riding tough this year, training hard in and out of the arena. The bull he is matched up with is Skori’s Homeboy. The last three trips Homeboy has been outstanding and if you’ve seen him you would definitely remember him. Jake is no stranger to Homeboy as this will be his third attempt to get a score. After talking to Jake he was confident and excited about his draw and added, “third times the charm.”
Marcos Gloria vs. 0-458 Carlier Cartel
This is a match up and a half right here. 2018 Calgary Stampede Champ going up against X6 Ranch’s Carlier Cartel which received high mark of the day on Saturday’s performance at the Calgary Stampede after bucking off Derek Kolbaba. Marcos is sticky and one of the toughest guys to get on the ground. Carlier Cartel will definitely not be a walk in the park but Marcos has the talent, skill and mind set to cover anything he hangs his rope on. After earning over $100,000 this past weekend there is no telling what this Brazilian Cowboy can do.
Zane Lambert vs. L11 Broken Trigger
The PBR poster boy is currently sitting ninth in the Canadian PBR standings and sixth in the CPRA. Zane should have no issues coming out on top with this match up. Broken Trigger owned by Skori Bucking Bulls is out of a right hand delivery and should turn back to the right, which is into Zane’s wheel house. Although Calgary may not have gone Zane’s way, I am pretty confident in how Oyen is going to go.
Todd Chotowetz vs. 166 Pozzy Time
How can you not pick the man in black. Todd has picked right up where he left off after dealing with a broken leg. His performance since coming back has been nothing but outstanding. Making a little bit of money at his first outing at the Calgary Stampede, Todd is looking to keep things rolling. Matched up against Wild Hoggs Pozzy Time this black bull should go out a couple then turn back to right and possibly back to the left taking Todd right to the pay window.