Crowds filling the bleaches at Stettler Agriplex got the worth of their entrance fees at the action packed Bull-a-rama on Saturday, Nov 20, when the local star Miles Pennington ended the long go with the top score but could not repeat the feat in the short go.
Pennington, who sits at the top of the World Professional Bullriders standings, actually could not ride the first bull as scheduled because the angry bull, Croc on a Rock, could not be stabilized to allow the chute to open. Pennington was given a chance for a re-ride at the end of the long go.
Angry bulls made it very difficult for many of the cowboys to score high points and even those who scored high points were left out of the competition due to injury.
Leigh Caie of New Zealand scored 85 points in the long go, actually placing in the top four, but was unable to compete in the short go. Instead Kyle Primeau was accepted to the short go to fill in for the slot.
Another cowboy, Ashton Arychuk of Red Deer was almost trampled on by the bull called Slapshot as the beast failed to make the exit from the chute.
At the end of the long go round, Miles Pennington demonstrated a spectacular performance winning 86.5 points to finish the first round as the winner.
Alongside Pennington, CJ Davidson, Jacob Andersen, Brett Branden, Cole Young, Russell Friend Kyle Primeau and Jody Turner qualified to go into the second round.
In the short go, however, it was Brett Branden of Barrhead who got the money after scoring 87 points on the bull called Bamboon.