A $50,000 ride for Schiffner
CLOVERDALE, British Columbia — May 23, 2017 — Scott Schiffner has taken a few Cloverdale Rodeo’s off over the years, but this year, he and Brandy took their three daughters on the road with them and made the trip a family holiday for the long weekend.
How many times will a person take their family on a holiday and win $50,000 in the process? The answer is not many, unless you’re Scott Schiffner.
“It’s actually my third time,” Schiffner said in reply to legendary announcer Bob Tallman when asked if he’s won a check this big before.
Both of those were in Calgary, in 2001 and 2014 for $50,000 and $100,000 respectively. On Monday in the city of Surrey, the win came on the back of Liberty City from the Keslers. The black was Captain Canada’s second bull of the day after all eight bull riders were bucked off in the finals.
“I had a bull that was real good that I didn’t know and absolutely messed up. Every bull rider here thinks the same thing, they just messed up and we kind of embarrassed ourselves,” Schiffner said of the final round of eight. “Luckily enough I was one of the top guys in my pool, so was Wacey (Finkbeiner), we got to come back and get on another one.”
Liberty City proved to be the right match for Schiffner in the finals, however the same couldn’t said for 2016 in Cloverdale.
“I’ve got lots of experience with that bull in this arena, last year he bucked me off here and gave me about five stitches in my chin,” Schiffner said. “This year I rode him again here in the second around, hung off the side of him and won a little bit. Then I had him again and I’m riding him pretty good and that old fart has got something to him and I just go to hanging off the side at the whistle every time on him.”
Ponoka, AB’s Wacey Finkbeiner looked to stay on his bull for eight seconds however was disqualified for a slap. There was no official review process or option to do so. Schiffner’s lone ride in the ride off in the final round netted him $50,445.
Other winners of the $328,000 Cloverdale Rodeo were Regina, SK’s Ty Taypotat in the bareback riding for $22,400, (91.5 points on Kesler Rodeo’s Street Dance); Cort Scheer of Elsmere, NE in the bronc riding for $22,800, (91 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Blue Feather) and Kirsty White of Big Valley, AB earning $24,300 after a time of 15.92 in the barrel racing finals.
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South of the border, four cowboys rank inside the top 15 in the PRCA’s World Standings as of today. They are: Scott Guenthner of Provost, AB; Jeremy Buhler – Arrowwood, AB along with bronc riders Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, AB and Clay Elliott hailing from Nanton, AB.
Guenthner made the jump to the right side of the cut off line thanks to winning the first round of the bulldogging in Redding, CA for $1,869 and taking fourth in the aggregate for another $1,354. Fellow Canadian steer wrestlers Curtis Cassidy and Tanner Milan picked up checks worth $1,064 and $3,143 respectively in Redding and rank 49th and 22nd in the world standings.
Redding’s Wrangler Champion’s Challenge was good to Levi Simpson, Jeremy Buhler and bronc rider Jake Watson. Simpson and Buhler continue their streak as some of the only contestants to earn checks at every WCC so far in 2017, claiming fourth for $1,508. The world champion duo earned an additional $1,040 from round one at the Redding Rodeo and $887 a man for third in Falkland, BC. Buhler is 15th of all heelers while Simpson is under $1,100 out of the 15th spot on the heading side of things.
Jake Watson of Hudson’s Hope, BC, may be 19th in the world but he made some major headway to land within $3,000 of 15th thanks to the WCC win in Redding worth $3,944. The California win came on the back of a Canadian bucking horse in Big Stone Rodeo’s Rubels at 87 points.
Canada kept rolling at the Redding Rodeo with Zeke Thurston winning the saddle bronc thanks to an 85.5 point effort on Four Star Rodeo’s Starbucks for $4,230. Thurston ranks third of all bronc riders having earned $57,767 on the year so far. The 2016 World Champion didn’t stop there adding another $929 for third in Falkland. Clay Elliott ranks eighth in the world standings as of Tuesday.
Also earning checks at the Redding Rodeo were the 22nd ranked Jordan Hansen for eighth at $474; Orin Larsen who’s 17th in the bareback riding at $407 and Luke Butterfield at $494 for a split of seventh. Butterfield ranked 28th in the world standings before suffering a broken leg in Cloverdale’s finals. Stay tuned for further updates concluding surgery.
Three-time and reigning Canadian Champion Jake Vold earned $494 for a split of fourth in Falkland to remain 20th in the world standings in the bareback riding about $8,000 behind the 15th spot.
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