Australia’s Paton Victorious at 20th Annual Elnora Brahma Rama
Matt Strohschein of the Elnora Brahma Rama Committee presents Justin Paton with the buckle on Saturday night. Photo by Covy Moore / CovyMoore.com
ELNORA, Alberta – Marking his first Canadian event since 2016, Justin Paton (Nebo, Queensland, Australia) went 1-for-2 Saturday night at the Elnora Agricultural Grounds to win the 20th Annual Elnora Brahma Rama.
The victory, his third of the season across all levels of PBR competition, was backed by a Round 1-winning 85-point trip aboard Kool Aid (R Saga Ranch) in the pouring rain.
For his efforts, he earned $5,689.33, in addition to 275 Canadian and 60 world points. After beginning the event ranked No. 54 in the world standings, the Australian rose to No. 46, now 116.68 points behind No. 35 Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana).
Paton notably sustained a torn right PCL in February 2017, which while it was supposed to sideline him for 12 weeks, kept him out of action until the most recent leg of the PBR Global Cup in Sydney, Australia in June.
Since, including his most recent win, the 26-year-old has recorded three event wins, 11 Top-5’s and 15 Top 10’s.
Second went to rookie sensation Nick Tetz (Calgary, Alberta), netting him $4,533.33, 165 Canadian and 30 world points. The finish, his second Top 5 effort of the weekend, was a result of his 82-point ride on Tangled (R Saga Ranch) in Round 1.
After beginning the event ranked No. 9 in the national standings, his runner-up result propelled him to No. 6, surpassing Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) for the lead in the race for the 2018 PBR Canada Rookie of the Year title.
In third was Wyatt Gleeson (Sundre, Alberta) who rode Betty (Flying High Rodeo Co.) for 79 points in Round 1 to earn $3,377.34, 125 Canadian and 20 world points.
Bull of the Night honors went to Spot On (Wilson Rodeo), a bull raised by event hosts Flying High Rodeo Co, bucking off Klayton Lakevold in Round 2.
The PBR Canada Touring Pro Division next travels to Coronation, Alberta and Coronation Arena for the Royal Rumbull on Wednesday, August 15. Action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. MT.
20th Annual Elnora Brahma Rama – August 11, 2018
Elnora, Alberta – Elnora Agricultural Grounds
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division Event Results
Event Leaders (Round 1- Round 2 -Aggr. Score- Money Earned-Canadian Points-World Points)
1. Justin Paton, 85-0-85-$5,689.33-275-60
2. Nick Tetz, 82-0-82-$4,533.33-165-30
3. Wyatt Gleeson, 79-0-79-$3,377.34-125-20