Garrett Green rides Mish Mash for 86.5 points in the Championship Round on Day 1 in Lethbridge. Photo by Covy Moore / CovyMoore.com
LETHBRIDGE, Alberta – Garrett Green (Meeting Creek, Alberta) used a 2-for-2 performance, in front of a near-capacity crowd on Friday night, to lead the Bridge City Chrysler/LA Towing PBR Challenge at the Enmax Centre after Day 1.
As a two-day event, Green holds down the first spot overall with 165 points on two bulls after scoring 78.5 points on Fat Stacks (Braithwaite Ranches) in Round 1 and 86.5 points on Mish Mash (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in the Championship Round.
The 26-year-old won Marwayne’s Touring Pro Division event in 2017 and went on to finish the season in the No.24 spot. With another 30 bull riders to compete on Saturday in both rounds, $15,000 will be paid out and 60 world points will be awarded to the event winner.
Second after Day 1 is Cody Coverchuk (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan) with the only other 2-for-2 performance on the night, at 163.5 points. Coverchuk rode Paint the Town (Skori Bucking Bulls) for 81 points in Round 1 and added an 82.5-point effort on Smiling Bob (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) in the Championship Round. In the past two seasons Coverchuk has finished third and fifth in PBR Canada competition at the conclusion of the year.
Wacey Finkbeiner (Ponoka, Alberta) and Brock Radford (DeWinton, Alberta) hold down third place so far having both gone 1-for-2 on Day 1. Finkbeiner rode Pennywise (X6 Ranch) for 86.5 points in Round 1 but was bucked off Midnight Rain also from the X6 Ranch in 3.32 seconds in the Championship Round.
Raford, PBR Canada’s Reserve Champion for 2017, used a re-ride on Hookasaurus (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) to match Finkbeiner for the Round 1 lead thus far at 86.5 points. In the Championship Round the 22-year-old was bucked off Catch My Drift (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) in 2.17 seconds.
Rounding out the top five after Day 1 was Wyatt Covington (Omak, Washington). Covington rode Street Legal (Cody Strandquist Bucking Bulls) for 86 points in Round 1 and bucked off Corona Time (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) in 1.72 seconds in the Championship Round.
Notably, Canada’s winningest bull rider ever in the PBR, Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan) was eighth on the night in his return to competition. Roy put up 81.5 points on Big Deal (Cody Strandquist Bucking Bulls) in Round 1 but was bucked off Tykro Checkered Flags (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) in 6.44 seconds in the Championship Round.
2017 PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta) turned in an 82.5 point effort on Big Shot (Skori Bucking Bulls) in Round 1 but was bucked off hometown hero and PBR World Finals bucking bull Happy Camper (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) in the Championship Round. Happy Camper earned the top marked bull honors from night one dispatching Lambert in a time of 5.94 seconds, scoring 45.5 points.
The Bridge City Chrysler/LA Towing PBR Challenge at the Enmax Centre concludes, Saturday, March 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m. MT.
Bridge City Chrysler/LA Towing PBR Challenge
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division Event Results
Name, Round 1-Round 2-Aggr. Score-Total Points
1. Garrett Green, 78.5-86.5-165
2. Cody Coverchuk, 81-82.5-163.5
3T. Wacey Finkbeiner, 86.5-0-86.5
3T. Brock Radford, 86.5-0-86.5
5. Wyatt Covington, 86-0-86
6. Zane Lambert, 82.5-0-82.5
7. Dayton Johnston, 82-0-82
8. Aaron Roy, 81.5-0-81.5
9. Wyatt Laughlin, 78-0-78
Courtesy: PBR Canada