Thirty five of Canada’s top professional bull riders will compete for the national championship — and a $10,000 bonus, (additional to the event’s $75,000 purse) — at the PBR Canadian National Finals in Saskatoon on November 16 and 17.
“We moved the finals to Saskatoon in 2010 and the response and reception we’ve had from the city and the fans has been outstanding,” says Jason Davidson, co-owner with his wife Twyla Davidson of 3D Bullriding, hosts of the event.
This year’s PBR national finals are lining up to be one of the most exciting contests in the event’s history. Local fan favourite, Aaron Roy, born and raised in Saskatchewan is the winningest Canadian PBR bull rider ever… and he’s only 24 years old.
“He’s going to surpass three quarters of a million dollars earnings in only his fifth PBR season,” chuffs Jason, who himself remains one of bull fighting’s most decorated retired professionals.
“And the most exciting part of Aaron’s story is that he’s put himself in the position of winning his third PBR Canadian National Final championship even though he’s spent the majority of the PBR season touring and competing south of the border in the Ford Built Tough circuit,” admires Jason.
To qualify for the PBR, bull riders have to compete and earn points, at Canadian events, in Canada. Aaron’s missed about half of those opportunities for points accumulation… yet with just two events left on the roster before the national finals, he’s 1,300 points ahead of his next rival, Zane Lambert.
“Zane himself has been the runner up to the title on two different occasions,” says Jason.
Aaron says, “I don’t get to too many of the Canadian events, so when I’m here, I have to make them count! To be able to ride and compete in front of a hometown crowd is the best feeling… and if I’m lucky enough to be the first Canadian bull rider to win three national championships, and to get to do that in front of my family and friends and my hometown fans, well, it’d be one of the most exciting achievements of my career, that’s for sure!”
Jason, one of bull riding’s proudest supporters, says, “We bring in top notch personnel and we pick the top stock in the country to go up against the best bull riders in the country. To have this event in our backyard is an opportunity to showcase what we do on an international stage; I take a lot of pride in showing off the city I make my home in now.”
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights, and VIP ticketholders (an easy get at only $10 additional per ticket) can enjoy a Corral Party from 6 p.m – 7 p.m. before each event where fans can meet the riders, get autographs and take photographs.
For tickets, ranging from $18.25-$57.50 per night and $15 ticket for children aged two to 12, contact the Credit Union Centre box office at 306-938-7800, or at any Ticketmaster outlet in person, by phone at 1-800-970-SEAT (7328), or online at www.ticketmaster.ca.