Pro Bull Riding impresses during Lacombe Days

Shay Marks of Sunnybrook, Alta. rides OLS Tubs Nickel Package to an 88.5 ride - the only qualifying ride in the short go en route to his Lacombe Pro Bull Riding championship on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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Lacombe Pro Bull Riding easily bucked any competition it might have had for the biggest draw of Lacombe Days.

Over 1,200 people filled the bleachers at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex Saturday night to take in the first ever Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) sanctioned bull riding event which featured 20 riders atop some of the best bulls in the world.

It was a clear success, even before the audience erupted in cheers and applause following the final and championship-winning ride of the night.

“It went so well. We sold had a sold out crowd, we sold out of booze and had to go get more,” said Lacombe Pro Bull Riding Association President Colleen Shippelt. “The bulls were really good, the riders were happy – everybody was happy. It couldn’t have been better.”

The event was put on in support of the Lacombe Ringette Association, who provided the volunteers for the evening. The final numbers of how much the association would receive was unknown at the time of press.

What was known was the inaugural Lacombe Pro Bull Riding champion would be 23-year-old Shay Marks of Sunnybrook, Alta. who had an average score of 173.5 on two head. He had an 85 point ride on Ellie Skori’s 51 Smash in the long go round and an 88.5 ride in the short go on Outlaw Buckers’ OLS Tubs Nickel Package – the final and only qualifying ride of the round that brought much of the arena to their feet.

Brock Radford followed with an 84.7 ride on Outlaw Buckers’ One Eyed Charlie. Thor Hoefer was third with an 82 point ride on Sawyer Pro Rodeo’s Super Trooper and Kyle Brown was fourth with a 78-point ride on Outlaw Buckers’ Dirty Steve.

“The riders were all really impressed. They thought it was great ofr a first-year event,” said Shippelt. “Every rider I talked to said they’d definitely come back next year if we have it again.

“Shay Marks, who won it, was really happy.”

Many stuck around for the cabaret afterwards featuring KixxSin. In the other half of the arena, teardown of the chutes began almost immediately after the belt presentation, and while Shippelt says they could’ve used some extra hands for clean up, it’ll be something they can work on during the next bull riding event in Lacombe.

And there definitely will be more bull riding to come.

“We will be back,” said Shippelt. “We hope to give back to other organizations, too – we’re not sure how we’ll decide that yet.”

Thor Hoefer keeps his balance as Super Trooper goes down during Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019.(Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

Edgar Durazo crosses his chest and looks up at the sky after he was bucked off Johnny Longhorn during his first ride of the night during Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019.(Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

Edgar Durazo is bucked off his bull during Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019.(Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

Ponoka’s Jordan Hansen is bucked off Outlaw Buckers’ Dillagaf during the long go of Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019.(Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

Jackson Scott of Kamloops, B.C. tries to keep a hold on Vold Rodeo’s Twisted during the long go of Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Jackson Scott of Kamloops, B.C. is bucked off Vold Rodeo’s Twisted during the long go of Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Marcos Gloria of Edmonton rides All Access during the long go of Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019.(Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)

Garrett Green of Meeting Creek, Alta. comes out of the chute on Mr. Legit during the long go of Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019.

Brock Radford has an 84.7 ride on Outlaw Buckers’ One Eyed Charlie during Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. He’d finish second on the night behind Shay Marks. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Zane Lambert rides Hanna Motors Full Throttle during Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Lonnie West is bucked off Outlaw Buckers’ Alberta Premium during Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Cameron Brown rides Sawyer Pro Rodeos’Positively Bangin during the long go of Lacombe Pro Bull Riding at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Rodeo clown/barrelman Ash “Crash” Cooper entertains between rides at the first ever Lacombe Pro Bull Riding event at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. on July 27, 2019. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Shay Marks of Sunnybrook, Alta. rides Ellie Skori’s 51 Smash during the Long go round for a score of 85 at the first Lacombe Pro Bull Riding event at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Marks would also score 88.5 on the short go round on Outlaw Buckers’ OLS Tubs Nickel Package for the championship. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Bull fighter Brett Monea congratulates Shay Marks on his Lacombe Pro Bull Riding championship victory following an 88.5 ride on OLS Tubs Nickel Package Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex in Lacombe, Alta. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

Shay Marks of Sunnybrook, Alta. accepts the Lacombe Pro Bull Riding buckle from the Lacombe Pro Bull Riding Association board members. Marks earned the championship with an average of 173.5 on two head. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

 

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