25 October 2015
By Ted Stovin
LAS VEGAS — Tanner Byrne has had a hell of a year in 2015. The Prince Albert, SK man put an exclamation point on his first full season on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series by finishing third at this week’s World Finals.
Byrne put together three rides in five attempts for 261 points to finish third in the Finals event aggregate for a check worth $80,000. Add that to his round money of $25,000 and he walks away with $105,000 not including his show up check this week.
That puts his year at $230,908.57 not including endorsements. That’s all in US dollars too. Not bad when our Canadian dollar isn’t worth as much currently.
Today Byrne put up 86 of those 261 points on a bull called Compact.
Unfortunately he was beat up a bit and didn’t end up getting on in the Championship Round. Luckily he’s doing alright now and in high spirits with the result.
— Tanner Byrne (@TannerByrne) October 26, 2015
Aaron Roy rode one of five bulls at this year’s World Finals. Roy leaves the finals with his show up check alone but within $82,000 of the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings, ranking 32nd all time.
On the bull front, Sheep Creek was the top bull from north of the 49th today in his buck off of Ben Jones. The former Big Stone bull put up 44.75 points as the fourth highest marked bull in the championship round. Seven Dust put up 43.5 points in an out with Wallace de Oliviera.
Finals champion Cooper Davis rode Moto Moto from the Girletz’s to the title. The two matched up in round five for 85.75 points which was sixth. Ryan Dirteater won $18,000 on the back of Minion Stuart for second place in round five at 86.5 points.
Overall in the PBR in 2015, 25 bull riders made over $100,000 this year; 9 earned over $200,000 (Gage Gay was within $300 of $200k); 4 took home over $400,000; 2 won over $500,000 and J.B. Mauney’s second world title season paid him $1.5 million on the year.
That’s it for 2015 in the PBR. We all look forward to a bigger and better 2016!