ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia - With the most rides
yet in a championship round at the 2012 Canadian Cup Series, there
was a close race between the Top 5 riders Saturday. Posting
an 89-point score on Nedley Mandingo (Sawyer
Bucking Bulls), Tyler Pankewitz secured the win
with the highest score in the Series. He earned over $6,000
for his win.
"The cowboys of the Canadian Cup Series came to ride tonight in Abbotsford" said Production Manager Richard Jones. They stepped up to the challenge against a strong pen of bulls selected by Livestock Director Jason Davidson, posting more rides in both long rounds and the short round than at any other Canadian Cup Series event this year.
Four riders posted three scores this weekend. Following Pankewitz in the standings was Sevi Torturo, who took home the win just two weeks ago in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Torturo posted three scores over 80 points this weekend to end the night with 248 points and take home just under $4,000. Returning to the bull riding scene was Zack Brown of Hurtistown, Hawaii. Brown finished third in the round, just one point behind Torturo, and earned just over $2,100.
The last rider to cover three bulls in Abbotsford was the most decorated bull rider in Canada, Scott Schiffner. Posting an 86-point ride on Cowboy's Choice (Girletz Rodeo Stock), Schiffner showed the crowd what he was made of.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Australian cowboy Budd Williamson. Posting a score of 85 in the first round, Williamson could not hang onto Hung Lo (Coyote Creek Rodeo) in the second round. He was matched with Turn Me Down (Vold Rodeo) and scored 87 points to tie Brown for the final round.
Winning the long round in Abbotsford was Jarrod Craig. Jones stated that Craig's matchup against Bomb Diggity (Vold Rodeo) was made in bull riding heaven. Jones also noted that the crowd in Abbotsford was one of the most responsive all year at the Canadian Cup Series.
Top bull honors went to two-time Canadian bull of the year and two-time World-Finals-qualifying VJV Slash. The judges scored the bull high for a combined bull score of 45.5 for bringing Matt Triplett to the ground early in the short round, the highest bull score in Canada this year.
Post-event, judges Chad Pighin and Justin Keeley were noticeably impressed with the level of competition. "A lot of the bull riders have stepped up to take this competition to a new level" said judge Keeley. "Kudos to the cowboys for riding the rank pen that Davidson brought this weekend" added Pighin.
The Canadian Cup Series will take a few weeks off and return to competition in eastern Canada with an event in London, Ontario, on March 24. Tickets for the event are still available through the John Labatt Centre. Immediately following that event will be the Montreal Invitational, which will take place at the Bell Centre.
2012 Abbotsford Invitational Event Standings
1 Tyler Pankewitz 252
2 Sevi Torturo 248
3 Zack Brown 247
4 Scott Schiffner 246
5 Budd Williamson 172
6 Matt Triplett 168.5
7 Beau Hill 168
8 Nathan Shapner 167
9 Zane Lambert 155
10 Cody Moore 86
11 Jarrod Craig 85
12 Stetson Lawrence84.5
13 Kyle Lozier 84
14 Bart Miller 82.5
15 Brendon Clark 82
16 Lachlan Richardson 81.5
17 Cody Ford 81.5
18 Josh Ehlers 81
19 Poncho Limas 81
20 Colby Reilly 78.5
21 Jason Finkbeiner77.5
22 Clint Johnson 75.5
23 Jesse Torkelson 75.5
24 Tanner Byrne 71.5
25 Garrett Green 70.5
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