Wacey’s Picks – Oyen White Lightning Dodge Pro Cowboy Crunch
OYEN, Alberta – As we are coming hot into August we are getting into the ladder half of rodeo and bull riding schedules. Title contenders are starting to emerge and we are definitely going to see the competition heat up.
The 21st annual White Lightning Dodge Pro Cowboy Crunch goes down this Wednesday in Oyen with some of the best talent of both the rider and bull side of the coin fans can expect a night with big scores and non-stop action.
A great feature of this event is the Ty Pozzobon Memorial steer-riding buckle, which is awarded to the contestant with the highest score of the night.
Bull riding action starts at 6:30 pm at the RCMP Centennial Park in Oyen, you don’t want to miss it.
Here is a look at some of my key matchups for Wednesday night:
Jordan Hansen vs. 96 Tennessee Whiskey
The 2016 Canadian Champion Bull Rider is putting together another outstanding season in 2019. With $30,187.97 already won, he currently is the No. 2 man in the nation and has himself in the hunt for a second title. Jordan could not of handpicked himself a better bull to get on here in Oyen. Tennessee Whiskey has been a staple in the Outlaw Buckers pen for the past few years and is one guys really like to get on. After checking out ProBullStats.comthis appears to be the first matchup between these two, the have posted scores of up to 89.50 points on this bull and if both guys have their day it could definitely contend for a round win. My money is on Jordan here.
Jacob Gardner vs. A32 OLS Tubs Anika’s Pet
Jake has been on an absolute role the past few weeks, with a strong showing in Ponoka, Alberta and snagging the win at this past weekend’s PBR event in Manor, Saskatchewan Jake looks to have found his groove. This is another big-time matchup we get to see in Oyen. Anika’s Pet is an outstanding bull that will take guys to the pay window if they can get the job done. This big blue muley should hop out there and turn back to the left, which will be away from Jakes hand but with the way he is riding, it should be no trouble for the reigning All-Around Champion of Canada.
JB Moen vs. 8-619 Speak Easy
J.B. is a guy I am really excited to talk about, he comes from my part of the world and it’s always cool have badass bull riders come out of Saskatchewan. J.B. qualified for his first CFR last year and he finds himself 13thin Canada right now with a bit of ground to make up if he wants to secure his spot again this year. He has drawn a great bull from the Carlier family here, I got to see this bull a few times over the last few weeks and he is really cool. Chase Outlaw rode this bull for 85.50 points at the Ranchman’s PBR in Calgary, Alberta earlier in July and he looked like he would be rather rider friendly. Speak Easy will turn back to the left away from J.B.’s hand but if he can stay up on his rope and keep hustling he should have no trouble getting the job done.
Ty Ellis vs. 379 Falling Rock
My old travelling partner is having himself a career season and is looking to make his first career CFR, with $13,967.16 already won he is currently sitting No. 10 in Canada. Ty is guy who rides great and when he is rolling he is extremely tough to get on the ground. Falling Rock is a great matchup here for Ty, he should turn back to the left into Ty’s hand, which is to his advantage. Claudio Montanha Jr. rode this bull for 85 at the Calgary Stampede a few weeks ago and if Ty has his mixture right we should see a relatively similar score Wednesday night. My money is on the rider here again. Don’t let me down Ty.
For fans that won’t be able to make the event, full video highlights and event coverage will be available Thursday here at EverythingCowboy.com