September 5th, 2015
By Ted Stovin
STAVELY, Alberta – There are a few titles that reign supreme in Canadian Bull Riding, a few that stand above the others for the meaning they hold to the victor.
Be it the Calgary Stampede’s $100,000, a Canadian Championship or a victory at the Ponoka Stampede, there’s one more that stands on similar ground.
It’s the Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding held each labor day weekend in Stavely, AB.
Keeley’s life ended doing what he loved, his event each September is a salute to that: bull riding and living life on your own terms.
“Quitters never win, winners never quit,” – Glen wrote on his practice bucking chute at the home he grew up in.
This year’s champion feels the same way.
“This is the most prestigious bull riding to win in Canada,” Jesse Torkelson said on Saturday evening after winning his first Glen Keeley Memorial title. “It’s outstanding, I grew up riding steers when Glen was riding bulls, he was one of the nicest guys around he would always help us out. I always looked up to him ever since day one, he was everybody’s idol.”
Torkelson hadn’t found success of this magnitude in Stavely before.
“I’ve never had much luck in this arena before,” Torkelson said. “My years are whittling down here and I finally pulled through one of these years, it feels awesome.”
A pair of great bulls helped the 2010 Canadian Pro Rodeo Champion to the win.
“For sure, you draw a good bull that’s half your score right there,” Tork joked. “Smoke Show (Vold Rodeo), I rode him a couple weeks ago, I was 88 on him then 87 here today. He’s just a good honest bull. You can’t ask for much better.”
Trendon’s (Wild Hoggs) last trip.
“I didn’t know until just before I was getting on (that it was his last trip). It’s an honor anytime you get to have the last trip on any bull, especially a great bull like that. He’s been to the PBR World Finals, and a short round bull since day one. To finally win on him that’s a feat in itself.”
This win for Torkelson is very sentimental.
“That’s probably the nicest buckle that I own,” Tork said looking at the gold and silver as it shone back at him.
“It really means a lot. I’ll be proud to wear it, if i can get it away from my kids.”
For his efforts, a pair of perfect scores as travelling partner Scott Schiffner mentioned, the Warburg, AB man took home over $5,800 in earnings plus another $2,000 from the grateful Calcutta winners. You might be wondering about those perfect scores, they were 87 since an 88 means Tork would have had to buy the crew a steak supper.
Second on the evening went to Dakota Louis of Browning Montana thanks to his 88.5 on Proper Ripped from Vold Rodeo to win the long go. Louis, and eight other men all came up short in the evening’s finals.
Fabian Dueck and Brock Radford made matching 86.5 point rides on Rollin’ Coal (Skori Bucking Bulls) and Marvin (Flying Four Bucking Bulls) respectively to finish in a tie for third in Stavely. Dueck and Radford both sat outside the PBR Canada’s top 30 and could make their way to a finals berth with the points.
Rounding out the top five was 2014 CPRA Champion Dakota Buttar thanks to his 84 point effort from round one.
Liquid Fire from the Wild Hoggs was the top scored bull on the evening earning 45.5 of a possible 50 points.
Announcer Dave Poulsen was awarded the Glen Keeley Memorial Ring, an honor he was at a loss for words to accept.
A huge thank you goes out to the entire Glen Keeley Memorial Committee for their efforts in putting on such a fantastic event once again. Thanks to you, the fans and sponsors for making the event another great success as always. We look forward to coming back once again in 2016!
Official results from the Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding in Stavely, AB on September 5th, 2015.
Round one: 1. Dakota Louis on Vold Rodeo’s 905 Proper Ripped, 88.5 points, $795.60; 2. Jesse Torkelson, 87, $596.70; 4. (tie) Brock Radford and Fabian Dueck, 86.5, $298.35 each; 5. Dakota Buttar, 84; 6. Scott Schiffner, 83.5; 7. Landon Lockhart, 82.5; 8. Wyatt Gleeson, 82; 9. Garrett Green, 77; 10. Fabian Dueck, 76.
Finals: 1. Jesse Torkelson on Wild Hoggs’ 90 Trendon, 87 points, $1,989; no other qualified rides.
Aggregate and total money won: 1. Jesse Torkelson, 174 points on two bulls, $5,834.40; 2. Dakota Louis, 88.5 points on one bull, $3,116.10; 3. (tie) Brock Radford and Fabian Dueck, 86.5, $1,458.60; 5. Dakota Buttar, 84, $556.92; 6. Scott Schiffner, 83.5, $371.28; 7. Landon Lockhart, 82.5, $278.46; 8. Wyatt Gleeson, 82, $185.64; 9. Garrett Green, 77; 10. Fabian Dueck, 76.
The Glen Keeley Memorial PBR in Stavely, AB wrapped up the PBR Canada’s regular season for 2015. Next up is the PBR Canadian Finals in Saskatoon, SK on November 20th and 21st.