Earl Bascom: The Father of Modern Rodeo
Cowboy, inventor, craftsman and artist helped shape chutes, saddles, bareback riggings and chaps still used in modern-day rodeo.
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PBR Announces 35 Qualifiers for the 2011 Canadian Finals
By. Cristy Atwood
PUEBLO, Colo. – The Professional Bull Riders on Monday announced the 30 riders who have qualified for the 2011 Canadian Finals on Nov. 18-19 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. Riders qualify for the Canadian Finals based on dollars earned throughout the season on the Canadian Cup Series, the Canadian Touring Pro Division (PBR Canada’s developmental league), and PBR events in United States, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. In addition to the 30 highest money earners, five top-ranked international invitees from the PBR world standings will also head to Saskatoon.
The 2011 PBR Canadian Champion will be crowned on Nov. 19, receiving the coveted Canadian Champion buckle and for the first time ever, a $10,000 National Champion bonus cheque. The Canadian Finals boasts a total purse of over $80 thousand.
The Canadian Champion will be the rider with the most points accumulated during the regular season and the Canadian Finals. There are a potential 1,500 points available at the Canadian Finals with Tyler Thomson (Black Diamond, AB) leading the pack at 7206 points. Still in contention for the Canadian title is Zane Lambert (Westbourne, MB) and Dusty Ephrom who trail Thompson by 980 and 1,230.5 points respectively.
Both Ephrom and Lambert spent the latter part of the year filling their schedules by competing in Canada and on the nationally televised Built Ford Tough Series.
In addition to the top 3 contenders, the qualifiers include four former Canadian National Champions: Beau Hill of West Glacier, MT, USA (2009); Aaron Roy of Yellow Grass, SK (2008); Tyler Pankewitz of Warburg, AB (2007), and Scott Schiffner of Strathmore, AB (2006). Several non-Canadians also qualified for the Finals including Georgia cowboy Sean Willingham, Arkansas’ Reese Cates, and Texas’ Harve Stewart.
At the top of the invites list are Jordan Hupp, 2004 World Champion Mike Lee, Iron Cowboy Colby Yates, Missouri Cowboy Luke Snyder, and fan favorite Ben Jones.
The PBR also announced the one alternate for the Canadian Finals, who will be allowed to compete if riders seeded in the Top 35 cannot. The alternate for this event will be Vince Northrop of Norquay, SK.
The Finals consists of three rounds of competition. Round 1 begins Friday, Nov. 18, followed by Round 2 and the Championship Round on Saturday, Nov. 19. The first two rounds feature all 35 qualified riders. The scores from those two rounds will be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance to the Championship Round. The rider with the most points accumulated during the regular season and the Finals will be crowned the 2011 PBR Canadian National Champion.
For more information on the World Finals, please visit www.pbrCanada.com.
Canadian Finals Qualifiers (Money Earned)
|Aaron Roy||Yellow Grass, SK|
|Tyler Thomson||Black Diamond, AB|
|Zane Lambert||Westbourne, MB|
|Ty Pozzobon||Merritt, BC|
|Dusty Ephrom||Kenosee Lake, SK|
|Ty Patten||Buck Lake, AB|
|Chad Besplug||Claresholm, AB|
|Tanner Byrne||Prince Albert, SK|
|Jesse Torkelson||Warburg, AB|
|Matt Triplett||Columbia Falls, MT|
|Josh Faircloth||Randleman, NC|
|Brett Hanrahan||Rockley, NSW|
|Stetson Lawrence||Williston, ND|
|Reese Cates||El Dorado, AZ|
|Aaron Gibb||Hill Spring, AB|
|Matt Bohon||Cole Camp, MO|
|Harve Stewart||Stephenville, TX|
|Budd Williamson||Ayr QLD, AUS|
|Josh Ehlers||New Rockford, ND|
|Jeston Mead||Garden City, KS|
|Tanner Girletz||Cereal, AB|
|Tyler Pankewitz||Warburg, AB|
|Jory Markiss||Longmont, CO|
|Beau Brooks||Cochrane, AB|
|Scott Shiffner||Strathmore, AB|
|Beau Hill||West Glacier, MT|
|Brian Hervey||Brant, AB|
|Sean Willingham||Summerville, GA|
|Jared Farley||Kempsey, NSW|
|Cody Ford||Hermiston, OR|
|Mike Lee||Decatur, TX|
|Luke Snyder||Raymore, MO|
|Jordan Hupp||Cheyenne, WY|
|Ben Jones||New South Wales, AUS|
|Colby Yates||Fort Worth, TX|
|Vince Northrop||Norquay, SK (Alternate)|