When it comes to bull riding many know who you are talking about when you say “JB.”
However, another JB has been tearing up the Canadian Cowboys Association circuit and will be heading to the CCA Finals in Swift Current with the goal of taking home the title.
At 21-years-old, JB Moen was the season leader heading into the 2016 edition of the CCA Finals, but lost the title to Ron Hunt in a close battle, but has his sights set on Swift for 2017.
As most cowboys do, Moen got his start in the sport watching a parent compete.
“I watched my dad ride saddle bronc in the senior pro rodeos, and I wanted to be like him. He started working with us on the bucking barrel,” Moen said. “He entered me in the calf riding at Hallonquist, SK. I won the buckle in the first association I rode in, little britches in the steer riding in 2006.”
Taking home the high school title and season leader in the bull riding in 2014 gave Moen a taste of the international rodeo game, heading down south for the National High School Final in Wyoming.
This year, he claimed the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Championship at the Agrium Western Events Centre in Calgary, and has been on a tear in CCA competition this season.
“I won at Settler, Maple Creek and Raymond this year, and finished second at Swift Current and Wood Mountain,” he said.
Those successes have sat Moen a strong second behind current leader Matthew Roy.
Moen says he looks up to the riding style and attitude of friend Dakota Buttar, adding that he is a very positive role model for the bull riding community.
Heading into the CCA Finals October 18-21, Moen is excited to ride in front of what he considers a home town crowd.
“It’s so close to home so it’s almost like you’ve got a hometown crowd,” Moen said. “It’s nice that (the finals) are the main feature where at Agribition there was so much else going on.”
“Folks are getting to see the best contestants and the best stock that has traveled countless hours across three different provinces all year to earn their spot in the finals. It’s going to be a good show.”
The CCA Finals runs October 18-21 at the Iplex in Swift Current. For more information about the CCA, or the CCA Finals, visit www.canadiancowboys.ca.