LETHBRIDGE, Alberta — A moving tribute to 2016 PBR Canada Champion Ty Pozzobon brought tears to every eye in the Enmax Centre to kick off Friday’s PBR Canada season opener.

This is where I would usually talk more about the event and what went down but I’m not ready to do that yet. I’m supposed to have these press releases done each night right after the event but last night I didn’t even know where to start or what to start with. I still don’t.

What I would like to do today is tell you all to watch the opening ceremonies in the playlist below. I’m at a loss for words to explain what happened last night and how incredible it was. I have to personally thank Brett Gardiner, Peter Gebraad, Jeremy Brown and the entire production crew from last night for their work in making this piece so touching.

I don’t think many of us have ever had to deal with anything quite like what happened with Ty. I don’t think any of us really know what to do. I do think that events like this and pieces like this are helping us all heal and remember Ty for the incomparable human being he was.

For me, last night hit home when Brett introduced Ty as our 2016 PBR Canada Champion. On Friday Ty was supposed to be in Lethbridge, introduced as our champion and start his quest for the next one, or five he was likely to win on the way to the biggest titles on the planet.

Ty may not have been in Lethbridge with us in body but he was darn sure there in spirit. Thanks for being there buddy. We all miss you and love you.

Jordan Hansen rides Minion Stuart for 89 points in Lethbridge, AB at the Enmax Centre on March 3rd, 2017. Photo by Covy Moore.

Unofficial results from the Bridge City Chrysler/LA Towing PBR Challenge in Lethbridge, AB at the Enmax Centre on March 3rd and 4th, 2017. 

Round one: Jordan Hansen on Skori Bucking Bulls’ 86 Snap Backs, 86 points; 2. Edgar Durazo, 85; 3. Shawn Proctor, 84.5; 4. Beau Hill, 81; 5. Brock Radford, 77.5; 6. Lonnie West, 61.

Finals: 1. Jordan Hansen on Skori Bucking Bulls’ 819 Minion Stuart, 89 points; 2. Lonnie West, 86; 3. Wacey Finkbeiner, 84.

Aggregate: 1. Jordan Hansen – Okotoks, AB – 175 points on two bulls; 2. Lonnie West – Cadogan, AB – 147; 3. Edgar Durazo – Moctezuma Sonora, Mexico – 85 points on one bull; 4. Shawn Proctor – USA – 84.5; 5. Wacey Finkbeiner – Ponoka, AB – 84; 6. Beau Hill – West Glacier, MT – 81; 7. Brock Radford – DeWinton, AB – 77.5.

Highlights courtesy of Feature Productions Inc.

Day two of the Bridge City Chrysler/LA Towing PBR Challenge in Lethbridge, AB at the Enmax Centre concludes March 4th starting at 7:30pm MST.

 

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About PBR Canada:

PBR (Professional Bull Riders) which has events in six countries and is available in 500 million homes globally, has competed in Canada since 1996. The PBR Monster Energy Tour will resume in June of 2017 as the country’s first fully televised national professional bull riding series. Points earned at the Tour’s Canadian events count towards qualification to the elite PBR Canadian Finals. Upon the conclusion of the Finals, the bull rider with the most regular season and Finals points is crowned the PBR Canada Champion. Points won at all Canadian events count toward qualifying on the prestigious PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) and PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on PBR Canada, go to www.pbrcanada.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pbrcanada and Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBRCanada.

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