Colter Harden of Big Valley had to undergo surgery after receiving a severe injury in the bull riding competition at the Ultimate Cowboy challenge in Calgary on the last day of 2015 while his brother Josh placed in the top five as Ty Ellis of Saskatchewan wrestled away the championship title with a $7,000 prize money.
He also won the calf roping event, adding another $2,000 to his prize money.
The other winners who came in the top five besides Ellis and Harden, were Logan Hodson of Telkwa, B.C., Gerald Eash of Montana and Braydon Wellby of Australia.
There were seven events, of which participants had to compete in at least six; these included – bareback, calf roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping and barrel racing.
“The attendance was just over 1,200 people and was live-streamed on the Wrangler Network,” said event organizer Scott Wyzykoski. “They are also showing the complete event at www.wranglernetwork.com.”
Although the event went seamlessly, Wyzykoski felt that the barrel racing event was a little over the top.
“We had barrel racing for the first time and will not do that again,” said Wyzykoski. “It seems crazy to award as many points for it as for bull riding!”
With the event being hosted for the fifth time in 2015, Wyzykoski thought his team had done a good job.
“I thought the execution was terrific this year and the event ran very quickly and smoothly, but we are just a little disappointed with the attendance, especially because the crowd was treated to such an incredible show by 12 very talented cowboys,” said Wyzykoski.
Yet the event had its share of misfortune as Colter Harden sustained a compound fracture during the bull riding event.
“The bad news was Colter’s fall, and also just about 10 minutes after that, his brother Josh had to get on his bull – putting that out of his mind – which he rode successfully and earned an extra $2,000. Very cowboy stuff,” concluded Wyzykoski.