Wednesday, Nov 9, 2016
Hell on Hooves
Our Canadian cowboy places fourth in World Finals
Adelaide Johnson, Pacific Bull Riding
Ty Pozzobon rides Modified Clyde in Round 3 of the PBR World Finals at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for 88.5 points. Please credit to: Photo: Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media.
y Pozzobon from Merritt, BC, finished fourth in Las Vegas and earned $97,500 USD at the 2016 PBR World Finals at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon. For the 2016 season, Pozzobon has earned $139,677 USD.
Pozzobon went 4-for-4 until bucking off both Margy Time (D&H Cattle Company) and Sweet Pro's Long John (D&H Cattle Company) for a final record of 4-for-6. Despite the two buck offs, he finished fourth in the aggregate which propelled him to 23rd in the highly competitive PBR World Standings.
Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) became the 2016 PBR World Champion. Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) won the 2016 World Finals event, after a perfect 6-for-6 week.
Despite Dakota Buttar's (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) relative inexperience, he kept pace with the world’s best bull riders in his first PBR World Finals. The 24-year-old finished second place in Round 5 thanks to a huge 88.25 on Hy Test (Jared Allen's Pro Bull Team) for $18,000 USD. Finishing 11th overall in Vegas, Buttar earned $25,500 USD. He finishes 2016 in 30th position in the PBR World Standings with $57,587 USD. After nine bulls in the past nine days, the Saskatchewan native heads back home to defend his Canadian title in Edmonton. He looks to be the first man in 50 years to win a third straight CPRA title.
Unfortunately, Canadian veterans Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) and Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan) didn't have the finals they were hoping for. Roy broke his femur in the first round and Byrne went 0-for-5, his first shutout at the PBR World Finals. Byrne did not, however, leave Las Vegas empty handed as he was awarded his third consecutive Glen Keeley Memorial Award. The annual acknowledgement goes to the top-earning Canadian rider during the PBR regular season, a recognition that the 24-year-old was very proud to win. Looking ahead, Byrne will be working his hardest to surpass Roy’s five-time Glen Keeley Memorial Award record.
For 2016, Byrne finished 15th in the world with year-end earnings of $125,547 USD. Despite Roy's finals being cut short he ends the season 29th in points with $57,165 USD in earnings.
Cooper Davis was crowned the PBR World Champion for 2016 after a tight weeklong battle that went down to the final round. Ryan Dirteater claimed the event title and the $250,000 USD check. Sweet Pro's Bruiser won this year’s title of World Champion bull, while Canadian bull Seven Dust (J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) scored 45 points bucking off Luis Blanco to end up fourth.
The strong Canadian showing at the 2016 PBR World Finals is a testament to the calibre of Canadian competitors and competitions north of the border. This trend is one that will likely persist as the sport enters the 2017 PBR season where all Roads will lead to Edmonton as the new home for the National Finals for the PBR Monster Energy Tour and a special global invitational event scheduled for November 10th to 12th, 2017.
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