New Zealander wins 8th Alix Icebreaker Bull-a-rama

With every new rodeo season, bucking bulls appear to be making more headway than the cowboys trying to ride them as this year’s annual Alix Icebreaker Bull-a-rama turned out to be just another event confirming the trend.

Tough ride  – Kyle Louden of Australia was one of the rare cowboys who could score at the Alix classic last Friday

Tough ride – Kyle Louden of Australia was one of the rare cowboys who could score at the Alix classic last Friday

With every new rodeo season, bucking bulls appear to be making more headway than the cowboys trying to ride them as this year’s annual Alix Icebreaker Bull-a-rama turned out to be just another event confirming the trend.

Some 30 cowboys took their chances to make it to the short go but in the end no single cowboy competed in the short go round because there were not enough to qualify.

A substantial majority of the cowboys failed to stay on the bulls for long enough to achieve any scores, dashing hopes for an exciting bull riding rivalry.

The winner of the event was decided upon the long go performances of the cowboys with Leigh Caie, a trans-Pacific competitor from New Zealand was declared the winner with 86.5 points, followed by Everett Hutchinson of Fernie, B.C coming second with 85 points.

Between the two rounds of the long go competition, a game of Mexican poker was played.

When the first bull did not make enough attempts to unseat the five poker players, a second bull was released to the arena sending all the players running to safety.

The last one to make the escape attempt was Bryce Lynn, who was declared the winner.