EDMONTON, Alberta — When my boss (Everything Cowboy CEO and Director of Bull Riding Operations -Ted Stovin) messaged me to do the picks for this event I couldn’t have been more excited. On thursday night, PBR Canada is hosting the Global Cup Qualifier which gives an opportunity for some of Canada’s best talent to represent their country at this weekend’s Global Cup.
The top five riders from this event will automatically get a spot on Team Canada, and the chance to compete for over one million dollars in prize money. Along with the qualifying spots, Team Captain Aaron Roy gets to pick four more riders to join the team giving Canada a total of fourteen riders, double the other countries, a definite home-field advantage.
I am extremely excited for the Global Cup, it is a great chance for Canadians to show the world how much we love bull riding up here. Especially this qualifier event, every kid grows up dreaming of representing their country on an international stage, and the fact that these guys can turn that into a reality is huge! Thursday night will showcase not only the great Canadian bull riders we have but also some of the top bucking bulls you will see anywhere.
So, if you’re a fan of bull riding you better make your way down to Rogers Place Thursday night and cheer on our Canadian boys!
Lonnie West vs. Pop the Latch – Lonzo came up a little short in his quest to win the PBR Canadian Championship this year, but he didn’t go down without a fight. He was arguably the hottest guy going down the road this fall and made a surge up the standings to finish in the Top 5 in Canada. Lon has an awesome opportunity to stake his claim to the be on Team Canada on this bull from the Wild Hoggs firm. Pop the Latch should be right in the door to left, and should give Lonnie no trouble at all. He looks like a very rideable bull and should put Lonnie in a great position heading into round two.
Tanner Byrne vs. Chuckoo Kong – It is so great to see Tanner healthy and chomping at the bit to get back in action. After a strong performance at the PBR Velocity Tour finals last week, Tanner will be looking to build off of that and make his case to represent Canada at the Global Cup. Chuckoo Kong comes from the Girletz family and has been a solid bull on the PBR Canada trail for a number of years now. I don’t think he will be enough for Tanner to win the round on, but I think if Tanner can do his job he will be sitting pretty in round two.
Logan Biever vs. Open Season – Coming off of a career-best performance in Saskatoon at the PBR Canada National Finals, Logan is poised to make a run to be on Team Canada. I used to travel a bit with Logan back when I was going, and he is one of the most talented young men I have seen in a while. When Bievs is on he is really tough to get on the ground. Open Season is a great bull to have in the first round. He also comes from the Wild Hoggs crew, is a staple in the championship round at PBR Canada events. If Logan shows up with his riding pants on he can challenge for the round win with this rematch from Saskatoon where the two danced for an 85.
Coy Robbins vs. Pound the Alarm – This match-up has the potential to be huge! Coy, the newly crowned PBR Canada Rookie of the Year is another one of the young hotshots we have coming up in Canada. I love the way Coy rides, his mechanics are flawless and he always puts out the effort required to be a champion. He’s drawn up against the wily old veteran Pound the Alarm in round number two, and as I said before we could see some fireworks here. This bull still has what it takes to put together huge numbers with the right guy on his back, and in my mind, Coy is that guy. Watch Coy make a statement here, and show why he belongs at the Global Cup.
Cody Coverchuk vs. Centrifugal – Cody has had a tough go the last few events and slid out of contention for PBR Canadian Championship during the last couple weeks of the season. However, coming into this event I think Covey is going to be fired up to represent his country on bull ridings biggest stage. He’s drawn a cool little bull from Andy Robertson from down there in Manor, SK. Centrifugal, the top marked bull at the 2017 PBR Canada Finals, should hop out there and get it on to the right, which should bode well for Cody. He rides awesome away from his hand, and I think this is the one to get him back on track!
Zane Lambert vs. Ulterra’s Teal Steel – The 2017 PBR Canadian Champion could not of hand-picked himself a better draw here. Just a few short weeks ago Zane became only the second man to win multiple PBR Canadian Championships, and for good reason, he was one of the hottest guys in the ladder part of the season. Teal Steel is an awesome bull, again from team Wild Hoggs. Sage Kimzey rode him for 86 points at the PBR Velocity Tour finals, and I think Zane should be able to do the same here.