CZAR, Alberta – It is safe to say as we are nearing the midway point of the PBR Canada schedule that we are starting to see who is going to emerge as the front-runners to take home that big $50,000 bonus at the end of the season. With the likes of Jared Parsonage and Shay Marks firing on all cylinders fans are in for an exciting ride as we head into the National Finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Along with Canadian points available at this event, there is also the opportunity for riders to pick up some world points in the process for those looking to climb into the top 35 of the PBR World Standings.
In addition to the $10,000 of prize money available tomorrow night there is another $10,000 in bonus cash up for grabs for the riders to take home. With $7500 going to the event champion and $2500 going to the rider that finishes second.
Czar has always done a great job of producing a great event and from what I hear the athletes love competing there. Featuring some of the top riders in the world along with some of Canada’s best bovine athletes fans are in for a treat tomorrow night when the PBR Canada Touring Pro division rolls into town.
The 5thannual Czar Lake PBR gets going tomorrow night at 6:30 pm, admission is $20 with kids 12 and under getting in for free. For more information head to their Facebook page by clicking here.
Have a look below for some of my key matchups heading into tomorrow night:
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Brock Radford vs. 202 Hellcat in Heaven
The 2018 PBR Canada Reserve Champion is back in action full time and is chomping at the bit to get things rolling again. After a going 2-for-5 at the 2019 Calgary Stampede Brock is still looking to regain his form after coming back from major knee surgery. In Czar he is matched up with Hellcat in Heaven who comes from my good friend Slim Wilson. This a really cool little bull which should fit Brocks style perfectly, the book on this bull is that he should be out a few jumps then turn back to the left. He has only been rode once out of nine outs at the PBR level, but Slim told me that Brock will have no trouble with him tomorrow night.
Aaron Roy vs. 3X ASAP Rocky
Whenever the 3X PBR Canadian Champion is in the draw you have to keep an eye on him no mater which bull he has drawn, with how good Aaron rides he is always a threat. This isn’t the first time these two have clashed either; Aaron faced ASAP Rocky earlier this year at the Monster Energy Tour event in Calgary, Alberta where the bull came out the victor. I called up the bull’s owner James Foley to get his opinion on the match up and being that he owns the bull he obviously picked his child to come out on top again. The few times I’ve seen this bull he looks like he would have lots of timing, and most guys should be able get by him but for whatever reason he seems to give guys trouble. Aaron isn’t the type to let a bull get by him twice so look for him to get some revenge in Czar.
Cole Young vs. L11 Broken Trigger
Sitting No. 29 in the current Canadian National Standings, Cole is in a position where he has to start making up some ground if he wants to be challenging for that $50,000 bonus in Saskatoon. That isn’t to say he isn’t capable of getting the job done, in fact he is more than capable. When Cole is on a role he is very tough to get on the ground, and there is no better place for him to get it rolling than in Czar. Broken Trigger comes from the Skori family and should be a pretty good fit for Cole. This bull should start out to the right and then crank it back to left at about five seconds, if Cole is doing things right he should have no trouble here. Joe Frost rode Broken Trigger for 86 points earlier this month at the Ranchman’s Charity PBR, and if Cole can get by him we could see a very similar score here.
Jake Lockwood vs. 684 Chances
The brother of the 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood is well on his way to making his own name in the PBR world. Sitting No. 8 in the PBR Canadian Standings and No. 54 in the PBR World Standings Jake is definitely going to be one to watch in the future. After watching him ride a couple of times at the Ranchman’s PBR Charity event I can say that Jake has all the tools that will make him successful at this level, he rides great. I don’t know much about the bull in this match up, and I wasn’t able to track down any information on him but being that it is a bull from the crew at Wild Hoggs he sure to be a good one. The safe bet here is that we see Jake ride this bull like I know he can and we see him back for the Championship Round.