PHOENIX, AZ– There are a ton of Canadians in Arizona at this time of the year, this weekend’s PBR Built Ford Tough Series Bass Pro Chute Out in Phoenix had quite a few of them at it.
Chad Pighin was down there to judge, Daryl Mills was in the arena as the chute boss, and Jesse Byrne was in the arena as usual. Turns out all the Canadian content must have worked out for a couple of our riders too.
The event ended with Tanner Byrne placing second, behind J.B. Mauney in the average and pocketing $16,875.00 for the weekend. Not bad for his second ever BFTS event. This one came due to the win last weekend in Lethbridge, AB.
“It was awesome. I made a goal to make the World Finals this year and that was a good start to get there, now to keep rolling,” said Tanner. “Since I was 3 I wanted to be a World Champion in the PBR so that’s the plan now.”
Byrne scored a 85.75 aboard Little Bighorn in the second round. In the Championship Round he came back firing, riding Compact for 88 points ending the round in third place. This win moves him to 28th place in the PBR World Standings which will likely get him to the summer break for the BFTS.
Tanner’s friend Ty Pozzobon finished Round 2 in second place behind Matt Triplet but bucked off Jared Allen’s H4WW Hot Iron in the Championship round. Even with the buck-off Pozzobon came out fifth place in the average race, winning $7,375. With that, he moves to 18th place in the PBR’s World Standings.
“Ya it was a Canadian weekend,” said Tanner. “Dusty Ephrom is living down here too so he was pulling my rope all weekend, it was good! Pozzy and I kinda feed off each other and make each other do better.”
For full event results visit pbr.com.