COURTESY OF PBR CANADA
Aaron Roy of Yellow Grass, SK, made Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada history on Saturday in front of a packed house at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, when he become the first rider to earn two Canadian National Championship titles. Roy, who earned his first title in 2008, went 3-for-3 over the two-day Finals.
Roy covered Big Country Rodeo’s Virginia Slim for 86 points in Round One and rode Hot Wired (Sisson Bucking Bulls) for 85.5 points in Round Two. Advancing to the Championship Round, Roy held on for eight atop Hell Bent (Big Country Rodeo) to finish the Canadian National Finals with an 87.5 point ride. This Championship title was particularly memorable for the native Saskatchewan as this was the first Finals held on home soil.
“Winning this Canadian National Championship title boosts me,” commented Roy. “I now legitimately feel as though I am a World Champion contender for 2011.”
After covering all three of his bulls, 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee of Decatur, TX, USA, finished the weekend as the Canadian Nationals Finals Event Winner.
“This win means a lot to me,” said Lee. “I enjoy riding up here.”
Lee tied Brian Hervey of Vulcan, AB, for first place in the Championship Round after riding Forget Me Not (Girletz Rodeo Stock) for an impressive 89.5 points, walking away with $13,744.50 and the event title.
The 2010 Canadian Cup National Finals, presented by Wrangler, were held at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.
Results from 2010 Canadian National Championships
Championship Round, Nov. 20
1/2. Brian Hervey, Vulcan, AB. 89.5 points Edgar (Calgary Stampede).
1/2. Mike Lee, Decatur, TX, USA. 89.5 points, Forget Me Not (Girletz Rodeo Stock).
3. Rocky McDonald, Col. Juarez, Mexico. 88.5 points, Cat Hour (L4 Livestock).
4. Nathan Schaper, Grassy Butte, ND, USA. 88 points, Supertramp (R-Saga Ranch Ltd.)
5. Aaron Roy, Yellow Grass, SK. 87.5 points, Hell Bent (Big Country Rodeo).
Round 2, Nov. 20
1. Robson Palermo, Rio Branco, Acre, BZ. 88.5 points, Boot Strap Bill (Lazy R).
2/3. Ryan McConnel, Colgate, OK, USA. 87 points, Smokewater (L4 Livestock).
2/3. Cody Ford, Hermiston, OR, USA. 87 points, Kin Deadly (Vold Rodeo).
4/5. Tyler Pankewitz, Warburg, AB. 86 points, Whiskey Wisdom (Sissons Bucking Bulls).
4/5. Brian Hervey, Vulcan, AB. 86 points, Hazard County (Braithwaite Ranches).
Round 1, Nov. 19
1. Robson Palermo, Rio Branco, Acre, BZ. 88.5 points, Wango Tango (Battle River Rodeo).
2/3. Rocky McDonald, Col. Juarez, Mexico. 87.5 points, Forget Me Not (Girletz Rodeo Stock).
2/3. Wiley Peterson, Fort Hall, ID, USA. 87.5 points, Boot Strap Bill (Lazy R).
4/5. Sevi Torturo, Oklahoma City, OK, USA. 87 points, Wrangler’s Crackalackin (Braithwaite Ranches).
4/5. Harve Stewart, Stephenville, TX, USA. 87 points, Red Ape (Flying High Rodeo Co.)
2010 National Standings
1. Aaron Roy, Yellow Grass, SK, 6689 points.
2. Zane Lambert, Westbourne, MB, 5813 points.
3. Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond, AB, 5461 points.
4. Tyler Pankewitz, Warburg, AB, 4896 points.
5. Vince Northrop, Norquay, SK, 4295 points.
About Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada:
Dollars earned at Canadian events counts towards qualification to the elite PBR Canadian Cup National Finals. Upon the conclusion of the Finals, the bull rider with the most regular season and Finals points is crowned the PBR Canadian National Champion. Money won at all Canadian events counts toward qualifying on the prestigious PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS). At the end of the BFTS season, the top-ranked PBR Canada rider will compete at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, NV.