Byemoor bull riding prize goes to Red Deer

A winning ride - Cole Collins of Red Deer managed to clinch the top spot in the short go over this bull called Superstitious and continued his successful performance in the second round to win the top prize.

A winning ride - Cole Collins of Red Deer managed to clinch the top spot in the short go over this bull called Superstitious and continued his successful performance in the second round to win the top prize.

Bulls appear to be always winning over cowboys in Byemor bull-a-rama and last Friday appeared to be no different.

Of the more than 25 professional bull riders, only six scored points in the long go to be included in the short go.

Among them was Miles Pennington of Stettler, who was given a chance to re-ride after his first try which ended when the Stettler cowboy fell off the bull.

But the judges concluded that Pennington was not bucked off and allowed him a second chance.

In his second ride Pennington scored 82.5 point to be placed at the top of the long go riders.

But Cole Collins of Red Deer was equally good on the bull and he also scored 82.5 points to share the lead with Pennington.

As the long go came to an end only four other riders had scored any points at all: Curtis Neufeld of Toefield 81.5, William VanderLeest of Morinville 80.5, Benjamin Hoare of Australia 75 and Devon Mezei of Botha 71.

The judges then deliberated to select four more cowboys to complete the list of runners for the short go and added the names of Dakota Petersen, Keith Dougan, Cole Young and Jim Kuefler to the list.

Miles Pennington was bucked off but the other winner of the short go, Cole Collins proved to be skillful enough on the bull once again to win the prize money and the jacket of this year’s event in Byemoor.

Unlike last year, there were no serious injuries throughout the event.