Nanton’s Beau Brooks beat out 29 other bull riders to win Irricana’s Bullnanza and took home more than $5,200 in prize money, Aug 7.
Brooks was second in the first Go-Round with a score of 85.5, first in the finals with an 86.5 and won the aggregate with 172.
“It was kind of a lucky deal,” said Brooks on drawing his winning bull, Bombproof.
“He was a lot of fun to ride.”
More than half of the riders from the group of 30 were bucked off, including veteran rider and current bull riding money leader Jesse Torkelson.
Black Diamond’s Tyler Thomson was the other rider to hang on for eight seconds in the final, winning $3,277.
“The way it was going, it was touch-and-go,” said Thomson, who won the event last year.
“I’m just going at it hard.”
Ty Patten won the first Go-Round with an 87, the highest single score from the rodeo, and was awarded $1,524 with a third place finish in the aggregate.
Nathan Roy qualified for the final six and was awarded a re-ride in the last heat after his bull hit the gate in the opening seconds of his next outing.
His second attempt proved fruitless as he was bucked off within seconds but still managed to finish fourth overall, winning $1,350.36.
“The (bulls) we’re pretty good and the weather didn’t help,” said Roy.
Rain and lightning halted the event for 20 minutes between the qualifying and final rounds, leaving the ground wet.
Judge Jim Dunn said the riders had it tough against the high calibre bulls.
“The finals’ bulls were top notch,” he said.
“There’s really good riders here, it’s good bull riding.”
Alberta riders Devon Mezei and Tanner Gerlitz rounded out the aggregate’s top six, each collecting more than $700.
Rodeos in Dawson Creek, Jasper and Cranbrook will run Aug. 13-15, Aug. 18-21 and Aug. 20-22.