By adding more than $20,000 (per event) in the 2014 season, for the three events in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, (Vermilion AB; Panoka AB; and the Canadian Finals Rodeo), placing well at Vermilion’s Lakeland College CPRA Bull Riding had a dramatic impact on the CPRA standings.
The biggest beneficiary of the lucrative April 5 event was Ty Pattern, earning the win courtesy of his 89 point short-go ride aboard Calgary Stampede’s 819 Man In Black. The win added $6,949.72 to his 2014 Canadian Standings.
“It’s going to look pretty good in the standings and pretty good in the bank account as well,” said Pattern.
Pattern was looking for a win this spring after coming home empty handed from the 40th Anniversary Canadian Finals Rodeo last November.
“I was kinda sour over it during the winter. I don’t want that to happen again. I didn’t want it as bas as I should have this winter, but I was definitely wanting it once spring came around,” said Pattern.
Pattern’s break only proved to excite him for the upcoming season and he has his sights set high for 2014.
“If things keep going as they are, it’s going to be less and less pressure as the year goes on. I don’t want to be going to the last two rodeos fighting for those final two spots. I’ve been there before and didn’t make it a couple times; I don’t want to be in that position again. My whole season last year was pretty decent; I was pretty consistent but never really won big anywhere,” tells Pattern.
Pattern is hoping to secure the title of the Canadian All-Around Championship, and he plans to use his Vermilion win, followed by a good spot at Calgary, and roping in almost all of the rodeos to get it.
Two-time reigning Canadian Bull Riding Champion, Chad Besplug, moved up to the number one spot in the 2014 CPRA standings after a third place finish at the Vermilion event. Besplug added $4,577.95 from his event placings to bring his season total up to $7,902.43 after two events. Pattern follows in second place with his $6,949.72 total.
The 2014 Canadian Pro Rodeo Association will next be at the Broncs and Honky Tonks Rodeo in Medicine Hat, AB from April 11th to 13th.
View Pattern\’s winning ride here: http://youtu.be/M8CCPANtCj0