EDMONTON, Alberta – Tyler Corrington had to win the final round of the Canadian Finals Rodeo to capture his first Canadian national title. He rode the same way as the namesake of his sixth round horse – lights out.
Corrington covered C5 Rodeo’s Lights Out for 86 points to win the final round of the CFR, and the saddle bronc riding year-end title. He edged Cort Scheer by $239 for the championship, one that he says goes at the top of his list of accomplishments.
“I’d have to say that this win goes right toward the top of my rodeo wins,” said Corrington, who finished the Canadian season with $78,668. “I was told I had won and hadn’t won it two or three different times while they were doing the math. We had to wait for a while to find out because there were re-rides that happened before the bull riding.”
Corrington entered the five-day rodeo second in the Canadian standings, behind Rylan Geiger. While Scheer won the average with a score of 507.25 points on six head, Corrington’s 504.25 was good enough for second in the average, which led him to the title.
“It was exciting at the end,” Corrington said. “Cort rode so dang good all week, and by the end it was between him, me and Rylan. It all pretty much came down to a one-header, and there were so many different ways it could’ve gone. I’m just happy it went the way it did.”
Corrington will enter the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo sixth in the world standings, as he hopes to make a run toward double-dipping and grabbing a gold buckle as well.
Two other men who won Canadian championships will be competing in Las Vegas – tie-down roper Matt Shiozawa ($65,062 in total money) and bareback rider Jake Vold ($63,662). Shiozawa enters the WNFR second in the world standings, while Vold goes in 11th.
The other year-end Canadian champions crowned in Rexall Place were steer wrestler Tanner Milan ($64,619 in total money), team ropers Levi Simpson and Ryon Tittel ($42,459 each), barrel racer Steffanie Mather ($79,274) and bull rider Dakota Buttar ($82,810).
Courtesy of PRCA