Contestants Kick Start 2018 CPRA Season at Agribition
Jared Parsonage competes at the Canadian Finals Rodeo inside Northlands Coliseum in November of 2017. Photo by Zach Cormier.
Release courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.
AIRDRIE, Alberta – “I’ve never had this much money won even going into June so this is pretty nice.”
That was bull rider Jared Parsonage’s reaction to his season opening win at Agribition Pro Rodeo – which wrapped up on Saturday in Regina. The Maple Creek, Saskatchewan product went two for two to finish second in both go rounds and won the aggregate with a score of 169 on two head for the win and a tidy $5,044 addition to the rodeo bank account.
“This is a great rodeo; they run it well, it’s a good production and it pays really great so winning here is dang sure a good way to start the season,” Parsonage added.
“My first bull was an older bull from Prairie Rodeo—Booster Juice—(83.5 points) and he was just nice; then I got on C5’s Gambler in the second round (85.5 points). I’d seen him before and he was really good.”
Parsonage pointed to a change he made going into last fall that has taken his riding to another level. “I was talking to Adam Jamison just before the Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding and he got me using the Brazilian bull rope; there was some pretty good success right after that so I’ve stayed with it.”
Parsonage will team up with WNFR qualifier Jordan Hansen to hit some of the winter rodeos in the US before coming back up here for the spring bull ridings and Canadian rodeo season. “When spring rolls around up here, it’s so exciting and really gets you pumped up for the season.”
With the sizeable bank roll Parsonage has already gathered up, the pressure may be a little less as the ranch-raised bull rider embarks on what could be his best season ever.
Other Agribition Pro Rodeo winners included bareback rider Ky Marshall for the second year in a row (166 pts on two head, $5,439); 2017 Rookie of the Year, barrel racer Diane Skocdopole (28.682 on two runs, $3,861); team ropers Brett and Justin McCarroll (10.1 seconds on two runs, $3,866 each), Manitoba bronc rider Tyrel Larsen (165.5 on two head, $5,301), Morgan Grant in the steer wrestling (8.1 seconds on two runs, $6,014) and Utah roper Rhen Richard in the tie down roping (17.8 seconds on two, $4,295). Morgan Grant, the reigning Canadian High Point Champion, also finished second in the tie down roping.
Next up for Canadian rodeo fans is the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo which runs December 7-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine Canadians will fly the Canadian colours at the Thomas and Mack Arena along with 50 of bucking horses and bulls.
Contestants include bareback riders Jake Vold and Orin Larsen, steer wrestlers Scott Guenthner and Tanner Milan, bull rider Jordan Hansen, bronc riders Clay Elliott and newly crowned Canadian champion Layton Green, along with two defending world champions—Zeke Thurston in the bronc riding and Jeremy Buhler in the team roping (heeler).
For complete unofficial results from Canadian Western Agribition Pro Rodeo, go to rodeocanada.com