LASHBURN, Saskatchewan — There’s something different about Jesse Torkelson at the Brad Phipps Memorial PBR.
A Canadian Champion and one of our sports greatest bull riders in the past ten years rides great everywhere he goes, but in Lashburn on the first Friday in August he’s unstoppable.
After Friday’s event Torkelson now has three buckles that hold the Phipps name. In early 2016 he will have a buckle for each of his kids, all from Lashburn alone.
— 3D Bullriding (@3D_Bullriding) August 8, 2015
Comparing the Brad Phipps Memorial to other bull riding events in Canada isn’t easy as it’s not really comparable. The event is set up in it’s own permanent home with bleachers painstakingly built by committee members who put their hard earn time money and sweat into it’s success.
This year, as compared to last year, the rain did hold off and the arena was in pristine condition thanks to the tarps laid out overnight to keep it dry. The sun was shining and no one could have ordered anything better. It looked a little rough in the morning but once we all got to the golf course for the afternoon’s tournament things came around.
After Doug Young brought a tear to nearly every eye in the vicinity in his tribute to Brad, it was time to ride some bulls.
On a re-entry, Torkelson took an early lead in the long go with a score of 85.5 on E.W.’s Bonnes from Skori Bucking Bulls. His would be the best of only three rides in that round. Josh Birks and Tim Lipsett would be second and third respectively at 83.5 and 81.5 respectively.
Seven men would be drawn back on time but none of them would make the whistle in the finals.
Tim Lipsett kicked things off with a huge 87 on Minion Stuart from Skori Bucking Bulls. Torkelson capped it all off with his 87.5 on Rollin’ Coal also from the Skori’s for the win.
Coming into Lashburn in the 37th spot in Canada the Warburg, Alberta man leaves with a spot in November’s PBR Canada Finals in Saskatoon, SK. Lipsett and Birks improve their spot in the PBR Canada’s top 10. With points for Birks in North Battleford, he moves within shouting distance from the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series thanks to a large number of events here in Canada.
A huge thanks goes out to the Brad Phipps Memorial Bull Riding Committee for their supreme hospitality to all of us involved with the event. It’s not everywhere we go we get to golf in the afternoon, get fed a steak for lunch, and then the bull riders get offered over $10,000 to compete for. Hats off to you all for your hard work each and every year.
Official results from the 12th annual Brad Phipps Memorial PBR in Lashburn, SK on August 7th, 2015.
Round one: 1. Jesse Torkelson on Skori Bucking Bulls’ 911 E.W.’s Bonnes, 85.5 points, $637.50; 2. Josh Birks, 83.5, $478.13; 3. Tim Lipsett, 81.5, $318.75; no other qualified rides.
Finals: 1. Jesse Torkelson on Skori Bucking Bulls’ 1954 Rollin’ Coal, 87.5 points, $637.50; 2. Tim Lipsett, 87, $478.13; no other qualified rides.
Aggregate, total money and points won: 1. Jesse Torkelson, 173 points on two bulls, $4,790.10, 60; 2. Tim Lipsett, 168.5, $3,568.23, 30; 3. Josh Birks, 83.5 points on one bull, $2,266.67, 20.
Next up on the 2015 PBR Canada Schedule is the Coronation, AB Royal Rumbull on August 19th.