Bullrider Edgar Durazo stays perfect at CFR46

RED DEER- Edgar Durazo had met Vold Rodeo’s 398 VJV Whiskey Hand before.

The Mexican born bull rider made the most of that association by scoring 89.5 points to win his third consecutive CFR go-round and maintain the lead in the bull riding in commanding fashion.

“I’ve been on this bull four times,” Durazo explained. “I won Ponoka this year with 90 points on him. He’s a bull that’s been to the PBR Canada Finals, the NFR and CFR. He’s outstanding and I was really excited when I knew I had him.”

The former PBR Canada Finals champion is a goal-setter. But his decision – made early in 2019 to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo – wasn’t easy. He worked hard to fill his permit, purchase his full card and qualify for his first CFR. Along the way, the 28-year-old earned his CPRA Permit, Rookie and Season Leader awards.

The other events in go-round three were no less exciting.

Bareback rider Richmond Champion marked 88.25 points on Northcott-Macza’s 2019 Horse of the Year, 118 Stevie Knicks. Champion leads the aggregate after three solid placings.

Team ropers Matt Sherwood (two time world champion) and CFR rookie, Hunter Koch, clocked an arena-record-tying 3.7 second run to win their second straight go-round and move to second in the aggregate and first overall.

Another Finals rookie, Blair Smith, roped in 7.8 seconds to pick up his first round-win buckle (and $10,530). The win moves the second generation cowboy from fourth to second in the aggregate with three performances to go.

Wainwright steer wrestler Ty Miller dogged his steer in a rapid 3.5 seconds to earn the win.

Texas barrel racer, Angela Ganter, clocked a 14.543 second run to take home the top cheque.

First time qualifier, Logan Hay bounced back from a pair of buck-offs in rounds one and two of the saddle bronc event to win the third round with a sensational 86 points on Outlaw Buckers’ celebrated Lunatic Party.

The novice events wrapped up last night after three rounds of action with second generation cowboy, Chett Deitz securing the Bareback title. The Milo, Alberta hand enjoyed a consistent CFR showing with two go-round wins and a second place cheque for his efforts. Deitz pocketed $3200 in CFR earnings and $9210 for the year.

Australian Lachlan Sheppard came into CFR with a commanding lead then added $1660 by virtue of two second place finishes – earning the 2019 Novice Saddle Bronc Championship and $9283 in season earnings.

Defending steer riding champion, Tristen Manning, was the only competitor to ride in his event in round three. The Yellowhead Country athlete extended the lead he had coming into the Finals and now sits well out front with $10,385 overall, with a $5000 lead, and one performance to go in that event.

The fourth performance of CFR46 gets underway at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Westerner Park.

(With file from story by Barb Poulsen – CPRA)