YORKTON, Saskatchewan – After delivering a flawless performance on the event’s opening night, Dayton Johnston (Milk River, Alberta) remained the top rider after the final night of action, capturing the second event win of his career at the Yorkton Grain Millers Showdown, presented by New Holland in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
On Friday night, in Round 1, the 19-year-old rode Dylan’s Devil (Wild Hoggs) for 84 points, which he followed with an 87-point score on Blow Me Away (Vold Rodeo) in the championship round.
For his efforts, he earned $5,236.85, 60 world and 275 Canadian points.
The event win is the second-year pro’s second of his career, capturing his first title in March 2017 at the Teepee Creek, Alberta Touring Pro Division event.
After beginning the final regular season event of 2018 ranked No. 11 in the PBR Canada national standings, Johnston prepares to travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Nov. 23-24 for the PBR Canada Finals the No. 10 man in the country.
He now trails No. 1 Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia) by 1,152.49 points as he attempts to capture his first Canadian title.
Thor Hoefer II (Priest River, Idaho) finished second to earn $3,069.13, 30 world and 187.5 Canadian points.
Also delivering a 2-for-2 performance, Hoefer first rode Carson’s Quest (R-Saga Ranch) for 84.5 points as a re-ride in Round 1, and then added a gritty 85-point ride on Double Major (Wild Hoggs) in the championship round.
His fifth Top-5 effort of the season allowed Hoefer to gain notable ground in the Canadian national standings, rising seven positions, up to No. 17 after travelling to the Saskatchewan event ranked No. 24.
Top contender for the 2018 Canadian Rookie of the Year honor Nick Tetz (Calgary, Alberta) finished third in Yorkton.
In Round 1, Tetz rode Strong Arm (Vold Rodeo) for 85 points. Returning in the championship round, he capped his event with an 83.5-point score on Darkness (Vold Rodeo).
He earned $2,575.50, 20 world and 155 Canadian points.
Newly announced Team Canada rider for the upcoming 2019 WinStar World Casino & Resort Global Cup USA Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) finished fourth as the final rider to deliver a perfect performance.
To begin the event, Parsonage tamed Plenty Cool (R-Saga Ranch) for 82.5 points and then rode Carson’s Quest (Wild Hoggs) for 84.5 points in the final round.
Parsonage earned $1,717 for his seventh Top-5 finish of the season, in addition to 15 world and 100 Canadian points. Still No. 4 in the nation, he now trails No. 1 Richardson by 460 points.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Todd Chotowetz (Major, Saskatchewan).
The home province contender won Round 1 with an 86-point score on Southern Heat (Vold Rodeo), however was unable to make the 8 aboard Ripped at the Seams (Vold Rodeo) in the championship round.
On the weekend he earned $1,751.34, 10 world and 125 Canadian points.
The finish allowed Chotowetz to gain important ground in the national standings, now ranked No. 17 after entering the event on the cusp of qualifying for the Canadian Finals as the No. 20-ranked rider in the nation.
Kalit Karma (Vold Rodeo) was the high-marked bull of the event, earning a bull score of 44 points for his buckoff of Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, Alberta) on the event’s opening night.
The Yorkton Grain Millers Showdown, presented by New Holland was the final regular-seasn event of 2018. The PBR Canada Finals will be held inside the SaskTel Centre on Nov. 23-24 where the nation’s champion will be crowned. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.
Yorkton Grain Millers Harvest Showdown – November 9 & 10, 2018
Yorkton, Saskatchewan – Gallagher Centre
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division Event Results
Event Results (Round 1- Round 2 -Aggr. Score- Money Earned-Canadian Points-World Points)
1. Dayton Johnston, 84-87-171-$5,236.85-275-60
2. Thor Hoefer, 84.5-85-169.5-$3,069.13-187.5-30
3. Nick Tetz, 85-83.5-168.5-$2,575.50-155-20
4. Jared Parsonage, 82.5-84.5-167-$1,717.00-100-15
5. Todd Chotowetz, 86-0-86-$1,751.34-125-10
6. Zane Lambert 2, 85.5-0-85.5-$1,253.41-75-5
7T. Edgar Durazo, 84.5-0-84.5-$264.69-30-0
7T. Wyatt Gleeson, 84.5-0-84.5-$264.69-30-0
7T. Kache Mooseman, 84.5-0-84.5-$264.69-30-0