For the last two years, Tanner Milan has watched his brothers bring about two thousand dollars home from the long weekend rodeo trip to British Columbia while he made the drive back to Cochrane, AB with empty pockets. But, this time, it was the middle sibling who stuffed the two grand in his jeans.
“It\’s good to get a win under my belt,” says Milan, who split first in Luxton and sixth in Falkland for cheques worth $2,037 on the Victoria Day weekend. “It\’s good to get some won early so you\’re not chasing at the end of the year.”
But the 30 year-old, Milan is quite used to playing catch-up. This is the first time in three seasons that he\’s won any money in Canada before June.
“It\’s still early. I started really good in the States but haven\’t had much luck in the last month and a half.”
The 2012 Canadian champion split the top money in Luxton with Scott Guenthner of Consort, AB. Both used Guenther\’s horse, Itsy for identical 3.8-second runs which paid each bulldogger $1,536. Itsy already has been to the winner\’s circle this season having packed Harley Cole to victory in Camrose last month.
“My horse was sore so I rode Scott’s mare,” explains Milan. “That’s one of the nicer horses in Canada, that’s for sure.”
Two more large cheques also came back to Cochrane from B.C. Four-time Canadian All-Around champion, Steven Turner won $2944 with a split of first in Luxton and a 3rd place finish in Falkland.
“I knew when I called back that it would be a good weekend if I stayed on,” says Turner of his draws ofPop Evil (Big Stone Rodeo) and Risky Remedy (Northcott Rodeo).
The 10-time CFR qualifier was 86 in Luxton on Pop Evil to grab a share of the first place money with Jordan Hansen of Okotoks, AB, who had the same draw two days earlier.
“It was kind of weird,” Turner commented. “That\’s probably one of the hardest bulls to ride and he was the only one that got rode there that weekend. That\’s the third time I\’ve had him and he\’s won every other time so I finally got one back on him.”
It was Turner’s first payday of the season as he comes back from November hip surgery.
“I was a little rusty coming into the season. I wasn’t staying on much. I’ve got more mobility now and it’s nice to go for a weekend and come back home and you’re not limping.”
Other double winners from the long weekend include saddle bronc rider Call Marr ($1,996); bareback rider, Matt Lait ($1,996); bullrider, Jordan Hansen ($2,610), Ryley Warren ($2,412 TD, $160 TR); barrel racer, Lisa Zachoda ($1,458); team ropers, Levi Simpson and Ryan Tittel ($2,044 each) and Logan Hodson ($1,198 SB, $1,008 BB).
Next on the Pro Rodeo Canada schedule are stops in Grande Prairie (May 28-June 1), Leduc (May 29-June 1), Wildwood (May 30-31) and Hand Hills (May 31-June 1).