SASKATOON, Saskatchewan - Tyler Thomson claimed his first Canadian championship at the PBR Canadian Finals Saturday at the Credit Union Centre. He was one of four cowboys to cover all three bulls at the two-day event. Thomson earned a $10,000 bonus for winning the national title, bringing his season earnings to over $80,000.
"It's been a long road to becoming the Canadian champion," Thomson said. "The title has eluded me for six years, and winning is not only a huge weight off my shoulders, but an honor."
Thomson, fresh off a trip to Las Vegas for the PBR World Finals, finished the year with 7,206 points, just 980 points ahead of Zane Lambert in the national standings. He finished third in the Finals event average with 255.5 points, and earned $15,414 from the event itself.
Dusty Ephrom won the Canadian Finals event title, covering three bulls to earn 257 points and $14,935, which gave him $52,846 for the season. Ephrom finished 1230.5 points behind Thomson in the national standings.
Thomson won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round with 91.5 points on former Rookie of the Year Bull Unabomber (Eno/Kubinchak Bucking Bulls). The score was the highest at the Finals.
Tyler Thomson shows off his new hardware.
Luke Snyder of Raymore, Mo., who led after each of the first two rounds, bucked off in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and ended up fifth in the average. Snyder took home just over $7,000 for his performance.
Rounding out the Top 5 were Harve Stewart of Stephenville, Texas, who finished second in the average after riding two bulls for 256.5 points, and Jordan Hupp of Cheyenne, Wyo., who finished the event with 252.5 points.
After capturing his fourth consecutive Glen Keeley Award as the highest-earning Canadian bull rider on the Built Ford Tough Series, Aaron Roy stayed on only one bull.
The Canadian National Finals, which drew nearly 10,000 through two days, was the final stop on the Canadian Cup Series tour, with a total purse of $80,000, including the $10,000 bonus to the National Champion.
Detailed results are available here.
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