CALGARY, Alberta – Since 1970, there hasn’t been a bull rider win the Calgary Stampede three times. Brian Claypool, Jim Sharp, Scott Breding, Justin Volz, Scott Schiffner and J.B. Mauney have all won twice.
This year, Mauney and Schiffner have a shot for their third walk across the stage at the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Schiffner’s 1-for-4 performance in Pool A leaves him with an uphill battle on Wild Card Saturday, but Mauney went 3-for-4 to earn $11,500 in the past four days.
Mauney has had tremendous success in previous years he has won in Calgary, going on to win his first World Title after his last Stampede title in 2013. This year, the North Carolina man took time off to rest his knee before the second half of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series.
“The older I’m getting, the more I take off,” Mauney said. “When they give me a break I take every opportunity I can.”
Even though he could have had another clear month off, Mauney wouldn’t miss this opportunity for anything.
“You can’t skip Calgary,” Mauney said. “It pays too much and it’s too good of a time to not come up here. Every year they invite me I’ll be here.”
Of the two-time winners here, Mauney is the only to win the $100,000 bonus twice making him the all-time leading money winner at the biggest and highest paying rodeo in all of Canada.
“It would be nice to win it a third time, that would be pretty cool,” Mauney said. “I like coming up here. I get along with all the people up here, it’s a really great rodeo they are really nice to you here.
“It’s an experience. I told all them other guys that are first timers here. ‘Once you come one time you’ll want them to invite you back every year after that.’”
Mauney’s Day 1 win came with a score of 89.5 points on Radioactive (Corey & Horst), days two and three however were won by the No. 11 man in the world, North Dakota native Stetson Lawrence.
On Day 2, Lawrence rode Seven Dust (Big Stone Rodeo) for 89.5 points to pick up $5,500. Day 3 it was Big Red (Braithwaite Ranches) for 89 points and another $5,500 ensuring him a spot on Sunday.
“It’s a little bit of a relief knowing that I’ve got Sunday clinched,” Lawrence said after his third day of competition.
This marks his first time competing at the Calgary Stampede in what is his best year to date so far.
“I always dreamed of coming here,” said Lawrence, who made the 600-plus mile drive with his wife, Teri Kay. Both have competed in Canada often in the past few years. “I like coming up here, it’s more relaxed. I love the Calgary Stampede (too) this is awesome. I’m enjoying it. It’s amazing,”
With a day off before Sunday, the two plan to take in more of the event’s atmosphere.
“We might check out the chuckwagon races here later on one of these nights,” he said. “Go check out the fair maybe, other than that just hang out and stay relaxed.”
There’s a lot of fun to be had in Cowtown over 10 days, but Lawrence has his eye on the prize.
“That’s what I came here for, to win the $100k, take it home and do something good with it,” he said. “That’s the game plan if everything rolls right. As long as the weekend goes good, and I stay healthy, it’s looking good for right now.”
2014 PRCA Champion Sage Kimzey marked the popular 89.5 on Minion Stuart (Skori Bucking Bulls) to win on Day 4 of Pool B. Kimzey led all bull riders in money won conquering all four of his bulls earning a check each day for $16,500 total.
Fellow PRCA Champion (2007) Wesley Silcox was fourth best in Pool B raking in $7,500 to join Tanner Byrne, Mike Lee, Aaron Roy and Dakota Buttar in advancing to Sunday from Pool A.
Wild Card Saturday includes current world leader Joao Ricardo Vieira, fellow Brazilians Fabiano Vieria and 2008 PBR World Champion Guilhereme Marchi; Cody Nance of the PBR; Beau Hill, Trey Benton III and Chandler Bownds qualifying from the PRCA, Canadians Schiffner, Ty Pozzobon, Tyler Thomson, Tyler Pankewitz and 2012 $100,000 Champion Chad Bepslug.
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