Wacey’s Picks – Grand Prairie Buck Wild PBR
GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alberta – With October upon us we are getting down to the crunch time in the PBR Canada Schedule, with only a small number of events left before the National Finals a number of riders are going to make some moves if they want to be in Saskatoon come November.
For the first time ever the PBR Canada Touring Pro division will be making a stop in the Peace Country for the Grande Prairie BuckWild PBR. Taking place at the iconic Evergreen Park this is event will be sure to give fans the ultimate bull riding experience. There is an outstanding list of both two and four legged athletes slated to compete tomorrow for all-important points towards the Canadian National Standings.
Bull riding action begins at 7:00pm, for further information and tickets visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
Here is a look at some of my key matchups tomorrow night:
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Brock Radford vs. 537 Can’t Catch Me
After missing a massive part of the season due to reconstructive knee surgery Brock has came back with a vengeance and currently sits No. 8 in the Nation heading into the final few events of the season. With the amount of points available in the remaining events and the finals Brock is not quite out of contention for this first Canadian Title and that $50,000 bonus. He has drawn the perfect bull to keep the ball rolling in Grande Prairie, and this is actually a rematch from the North Battleford, SK event this past July. Can’t Catch Me is a super cool bull from the Wild Hoggs crew that fits Brock perfectly. Can’t Catch Me will turn back to the left into Brock’s hand which should be no trouble for Brick, the last time these two met they put together a 83.00 point ride, look for the same here.
Shay Marks vs. 0-532 Shere Khan
With PBR Canada No. 1 Dakota Buttarcompeting on the UTB tour this weekend Shay has a great opportunity to gain some valuable ground on the No. 1 position. A mere 480 points behind Buttar, a win in Grande Prairie can go a long way in Shay’s title chase. He has an outstanding matchup to get things rolling Saturday night, Shere Khan is a really solid bull from the Carlier family. Shere Khan should be right in the gate to the left, away from Shay’s hand but shouldn’t be a problem for a guy of his calibre. Brock Radford rode this bull for 87.00 points at the Elnora, AB event this past summer, we could definitely see similar numbers if Shay has his mixture right tomorrow.
Jake Gardner vs. 204 Finning Rat Trap
The reigning Canadian All-Around Champion has put together another outstanding season in both PBR Canada and CPRA competition. Currently sitting No. 6 in the Nation, Jake is another one of the riders within striking distance of that $50,000 bonus. I don’t think Jake could’ve hand picked a better bull to get on in round one here, Finning Rat Trap from the Flying Four Bucking Bull firm has been a great bull throughout his whole career. This big red bull should turn back to the left right in the gate and keep getting stronger throughout the whole ride. Dakota Buttar rode Rat Trap for 87.50 points earlier this season and I don’t see why Jake shouldn’t be able to do the same here.
Jackson Scott vs. L11 Broken Trigger
I am going to go out on a limb and say that Jackson is probably the hottest bull rider heading down the road right now, he has been putting together some monster ride over the past month and he shows no signs of slowing down. He currently holds down No. 16 in the PBR Canada Standings and he will be looking to solidify that position in the coming events. He has a great draw here in Broken Trigger from the Skori Family, this bull usually turns back to the right, which is advantage Jackson. He rides great in to his hand and we are going to see that on display tomorrow night. Joe Frost rode Broken Trigger for 86.00 points at the Ranchman’s Charity Event this past July, look for a similar score here.