Wacey’s Picks – Glen Keeley Memorial PBR
STAVELY, Alberta – As we inch closer to September the PBR Canada Touring Pro schedule brings us to one of the marquee events of season. The Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding goes down this Saturday night at the Stavely Arena. A fan and rider favourite this event always seems to bring out the best in everyone and it promises to be a magical night of high octane PBR action.
We are starting to get down to the nitty gritty of the season and every point from now on is going to be just a little bit more important for each and every guy. Whether you’re on the bubble to make the National Finals or in contention for PBR Canadian title you are going to need to lay it all on the line over the next couple of months.
Festivities for this weekend’s event kick Friday night with the ABBI Bucking Bull Futurity Finals, which will feature the best up and coming bulls in the whole country. Saturday brings us the best PBR action this side of Balzac with doors opening at 5:00 pm and a steak dinner to keep you belly full. Admission is $35 at the door and the bull riding will start at 7, so be sure to show up early to get a great seat. For any further information head to the event Facebook page by clicking here.
Here is a look at some of my favourite matchups on Saturday night:
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Jake Gardner vs. X313 Hell’s Bells
The No. 8 man in the nation rolls into Stavely fresh off a trip to the world famous Barretos Rodeo in Brazil where he put together a monster 90 point bull ride and finished just outside of making it to the Championship Round down there. When Jake is rolling he is extremely hard to get on the ground, and Stavly provides the perfect opportunity to keep things rolling. He has Hell’s Bells from the Wilson Rodeo firm and this has to be my favourite match up of the whole long go. This bull will fit Jakes riding style perfectly, he will turn back to the right into Jakes hand and should set him up to hit one out of the park. Edgar Durazo rode Hell’s Bells for 88.00 points to take the win at the Brooks, Alberta event earlier this season, and if all goes well Jake could be 88.00 points or more on Saturday night.
Travis Maguire vs. 504 Sick Rhymes
What a treat it is to see Travis in the draw this weekend, he is a guy we don’t see a lot of throughout the year but he is as talented as anyone. Last fall Travis made a huge statement at the PBR Velocity Finals by winning one of the go-rounds and showing the world that he belongs at the PBR level. There will be no better way for him to make another statement than there will on the back of Sick Rhymes, this big black bull from the Two-Bit Nation is the real deal. Sick Rhymes took home the top bull award at the Elnora Brahma-Rama earlier this month and will without a doubt be in contention for the same title in Stavely. If Travis brings his riding pants to town we could see another huge score here.
Ty Patten vs. +212 Mish Mash
Ty is another guy that I am excited to see back in action at the PBR Canada level, he rides bulls great and I hope this is the beginning of him coming to more events. If you were to ask Ty I’m sure he would not have been able to hand pick a better bull to have in the long go. Mish Mash from Nansen Vold has been a mainstay in his pen for the past number of years, and for good reason. Mish Mash’s usual trip will start with him turing back to the left and at about six seconds he will crank it back to the right making the degree of difficulty a bit higher. Someone with the amount of talent that Ty has should have no problem handling that change of direction. My money is on Ty here.
Dakota Buttar vs. OMB Full Sleeve
Some of you may be thinking “hey, didn’t this clown pick the same match up in Coronation?” well… you’re right, I did. Why wouldn’t I? You have our best Canadian bull rider paired up with a solid bull, I’d be crazy not to. Dakota currently trails current PBR Canada No. 1 Jared Parsonage by 199.99 points in the National Standings and he has a prime opportunity to make up some more ground here. Now, these two probably aren’t going to blow the roof the place but Full Sleeve is a solid enough bull for Dakota to get back to the Championship Round on. The last time these two tangoed Dakota came out on top to the tune of 83.50 points, and if all goes according to plan we will see a similar score in Stavely.