PUEBLO, Colo. - Aaron Roy had hoped the summer
break from the Built Ford Tough Series would be just that - a
break. An opportunity to rest his injured knees.
If he had his choice, he'd spend much of the next two months team roping with his pal Bret Gaube.
Those plans are likely going to change.
Roy is currently ranked third in the PBR Canada standings, and the 24-year-old from Vermillion, Alberta, said as long as he remains in the Top 5, he'll make a serious run at winning an unprecedented third national title.
Aaron Roy, the most statistically successful Canadian in PBR history, has been struggling with a bad knee all season.
"I grew up high school rodeoing, and ever since I could ride a horse I've been team roping," said Roy, who had hoped to limit his bull riding to a few events produced by Jason Davidson and some Touring Pro events in North Dakota and Montana. "It all depends on where I'm sitting in Canada, too. Like right now, I'm third or fourth, so if I stay up there I'll have to go a lot harder than what I planned, because there could be a chance I could win another national title."
'If I stay up there I'll have to go a lot harder than what I planned, because there could be a chance I could win another national title.'
Roy is the only Canadian to have won the title twice.
"It's something to put on your belt every year, that you were the best rider in Canada," he said.
He'll travel to a familiar location tomorrow.
His summer schedule starts off with the self-titled Aaron Roy Invitational in his hometown of Asquith, Saskatchewan, at the Asquith Sportsground.
Roy's event has sold out each of the past two years, and this year it's the second stop in a series of seven events produced by Davidson. The winner of the series, which concludes in early October, will be awarded a brand new Ford F-150.
The winner of Jason Davidson's bull riding series takes home this F-150.
In July, Roy will compete at the 100th anniversary of the
He is in his sixth year competing on the BFTS, and is statistically the top Canadian in BFTS history, having been the Glen Keeley Award winner for the past four years. His best finish came a year ago, when he was ranked 11th in the world.
This year he's battled knee problems, but despite an ACL tear in his left knee, he's ridden in all 19 events.
He's currently ranked 26th in the world standings, and will have two BFTS events following the break to ride his way back into the Top 25.
Whatever becomes of his summer, Roy will try to get a few weeks to himself before the BFTS resumes in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 10.
"I'll try to take a little bit of a break and not go every weekend to a bull riding," he said. "Give my body a rest and do something more relaxing."
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