Ponoka, AB: Last night’s Ultimate Cowboy Championship was an event like no other. Watching people do things they might not usually do makes for some very entertaining rodeo.
After the Team Roping in the afternoon, anything was possible. Ky Marshall and Kynan Vine led the way with three qualified times each. Jeremy Harden was next point wise. This played a big part in the event as the leaders picked their rough stock first.
It proved to work out for some as things started off last night in the Bareback.
For Jeremy Harden though his pick didn’t pan out so well as he bucked off far too soon. Bareback riding CFR Average Champion Logan Hodgson got the first decent score on the board with a 77.
Jake Vold matched him with another 77.
Colter Harden made a good pick and it worked out well for him. His 81 point score held up for the win.
Beau Brooks didn’t fare too well.
Next came the Tie Down Roping with a Timed Event Challenge mixed in to start and finish both the Tie Down and Steer Wrestling. Baillie Milan, Trygve Pugh and Curtis Cassidy were the contenders.
Baillie got a time of 10.5 on the board to win the first round.
Next came the Ultimate Cowboy Contestants, there were plenty of misses but some real good times too. Clay Elliot got on the board with a decent 17 second time.
Steve Turner had a sweet buck off in the Team Roping in the afternoon as you may have already seen. By the way, that’s probably now the wreck of the year. Colter Harden didn’t get bucked off last night in the Tie Down. He called this falling off.
His older brother Jeremy won the Tie Down with a 12.2.
Curtis Cassidy finished off the section in the Timed Event Challenge with a quick 9.2.
Next came the Saddle Bronc which was probably the most entertaining event of the evening. Clay Elliot went near the start and took the lead with a 77.
Jeremy Harden kept things going by getting a 75 which would hold up for second to help put him into the lead.
Ken Siemens came off his bronc pretty hard.
Jake Vold went at his but it didn’t pan out. Like Ken, his horse may have been a bit over his head.
Ty Patten was a bit worried about what to do if he spurred over his rein but his Dad, Rory, said that’d be the last thing he would need to worry about.
Next up was the Steer Wrestling. Steve Turner took the early lead with a 4.8.
Clay Elliot put up probably the biggest effort of the night in the Steer Wrestling.
Trygve Pugh cashed in at 4.5 in the Steer Wrestling of the Timed Event Challenge.
Baillie Milan wasn’t far behind with a 4.7.
Colter Harden got himself a good time for not actually being a full time Steer Wrestler.
Jeremy Harden nearly sealed the event win with another second place finish, this time in one of his main events.
Ty Elliot, Kynan Vine and Matt Lait all made impressive runs for being out of their element. There are getting to be too many videos on here though that’ll make the site take too long to load so if you want to see them you’ll have to go over to http://YouTube.com/wstovin
The final event of the night would be the bull riding and it would prove to be one of the best events of the night.
Clay Elliot made an outstanding ride. He hadn’t been on a bull in a while but it sure didn’t look like it.
Of all the events he was in, Steve Turner probably picked the easiest animal in his main event. AWOL Nation of Big Country’s helped Steve to a 79 and the bull riding win but it wouldn’t be enough to overtake Harden for the Ultimate Cowboy title.
CFR qualifying bull rider Ty Patten picked a good bull of Duane Robinson and Nansen Vold’s called Feeling Blue. It would have surely meant the win of the bull riding had he made it another second or two.
Matt Lait drew pretty deep in the bull pen with 555 Nails of Vold Rodeo. He put up a big effort. My best is Matt would get the next one. If you haven’t seen his bronc ride yet either its also on YouTube.
Jeremy Harden would stay on his bull but wouldn’t get much of a score. It still counted though and was more than enough to get him the biggest share of the $5,000 in added prize money.
That was how it all transpired last night from the Calnash Ponoka Ag Events Center. It was watched by a full house and tremendous success. Brandon Thome and his wife Tori of Prairie Therapy donated their time last night to help out all the contestants as they are also both members of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Team. Thanks to them for being there!
Thanks to Scott and Julie Wyzykoski and their entire family for all their hard work in making it happen. We are already looking forward to next year’s event as it’s only going to get bigger and better!
A final thanks goes out to all the fans for coming to support the event! Without you, none of it would be possible.
See you again next time at Ultimate Cowboy III!