HILLMOND, Saskatchewan — Manitoba bull rider Landon Lockhart emerged victorious from Sunday afternoon’s Wade Redden PBR Challenge presented by Crudemaster Inc. It’s his first win of many at bull riding’s highest level in our nation.
Lockhart, of Brandon, MB was last year’s Manitoba Rodeo Cowboys Association Champion. He also qualified for the Bull Riders Canada Finals last fall in Lloydminster where he made his name known winning the first round.
In the small community, the hometown of Redden, the rookie bull rider made it look easy riding two bulls for a total score of 167 points. A smooth 82.5 in the long go on Booster Juice from Cody Strandquist put him in a tie for fifth going into the afternoon’s finals. A gritty 84.5 on Hey Jack from the Wild Hoggs crew put him a half point ahead of second place Tanner Byrne.
(An ecstatic Lockhart received his buckle from Canadian hockey icon Redden after a short interview with announcing sensation Dustin Edwards. Photo by Kaylee Mohl.)
A third place finish for Lockhart on Friday in Paradise Valley has him up inside the PBR’s top 90 in the world standings at 85 points.
Back to second place Tanner Byrne, our current top ranked Canadian in the PBR, he’s been second, first and second in the three events in the past 10 days. Byrne has racked up 90 points in the timespan, 60 of which were between Paradise Valley and here today. The $7,500 in earnings aren’t too shabby either. Still 19th in the world standings, every point counts, especially in the Canadian Standings where he came in this weekend in second place. In Hillmond the riding red head from the flatlands was 84.5 on his first entry for second in the long go but a no score in the finals. His 81 matched up with the finals winning 85.5 on Vertigo from Battle River Rodeo.
With $40,000 on the line Wednesday you can count on Tanner Byrne coming up big then against the best in the world the likes of current number two Matt Triplett of Montana.
Arkansas athlete Tyler Harr has been driving the wheels off his van in what’s already his second trip north since the 10th of June. Harr finished third and sixth in Hillmond for 20 points between the two. They are ever so important where he’s at which could be as high as 38th in the entire PBR when the new standings come out this week.
Riding hat down, CFR qualifier Billy West picked up 20 world championship points courtesy of a third place finish after a pair of 83’s at stop number six on the 2015 3D Bull Riding Tour.
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Bull fighter Cody Hunt was knocked out by a bucked off Tyler Harr. Hunt left the arena under his own power and plans to return to the arena next week.
Official results from the Wade Redden PBR Challenge in Hillmond, SK on June 21st, 2015.
Long go: 1. Tyler Harr on Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls’ 13 Whiplash, 86 points, $637.50; 2. Tanner Byrne, 84.5 $478.13; 3. (tie) Billy West and Tyler Harr, 83, $239.06 each; 5. (tie) Landon Lockhart and Jared Parsonage, 82.5; 7. (tie) Jared Parsonage, Zane Lambert and Wacey Finkbeiner, 82; 10. Tanner Byrne, 81; 11. Brock Radford, 80; 12. Jesse Torkelson, 76.5; 13. Cody Nance, 73.
Finals: 1. Tanner Byrne on Battle River Rodeo’s U2 Vertigo, 85.5 points, $637.50; 2. Landon Lockhart, 84.5, $478.10; 3. Billy West, 83.5, $318.75; no other qualified rides, $53.12 ground split each.
Aggregate and total money won: 1. Landon Lockhart, 167 points on two bulls, $3,134.35; 2. Tanner Byrne, 166.5, $2,178.12; 3. Billy West, 166, $2,098.43; 4. Tyler Harr, 86 points on one bull, $1,381.25; 5. Tanner Byrne, 84.5, $924.38; 6. Tyler Harr, 83, $536.56; 7. Jesse Torkelson, 82.5, $223.13; 8. (tie) Jared Parsonage, Zane Lambert and Wacey Finkbeiner, 82, $49.48 each.
Next up on the PBR Canada schedule is Wednesday June 24th’s 13th Annual Jace Harty Memorial Bull Riding presented by the Ponoka Stampede. Next up on the 3D Bull Riding Tour Schedule is the Manor, SK Fun Daze PBR on July 18th.