SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – Aaron Roy returned to the sport of professional bull riding by winning the PBR Canada National Finals at the Sasktel Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on Saturday.
The 27-year-old was competing for the first time since sustaining a back injury that nearly ended his career at the 2013 Calgary Stampede.
“This means a lot,” Roy said. “I had been chasing this Finals title for a long time, and I came in this weekend just hoping to get at least one rode. To win this Finals – have Hallie and my son (Axel) here to witness it – through all the dedication we’ve had this whole 16 months, it means a lot.”
After failing to make the 8-second whistle on Friday in Round 1, Roy redeemed himself with an 85.5-point effort on Country Junkie in Round 2 on Saturday.
In the championship round, Roy rode PBR Canada bull-of-the-year contender Trendon for 90 points – the highest score of the weekend – bringing the crowd to its feet for the second time of the evening.
At the end of the night, once handed the buckle for winning the event, Roy said he’s still undecided on his future plans in the sport. Even after earning over $12,000 in two days.
“It’s true,” Roy said. “I’m still undecided. I don’t know what I’m going to do yet. I don’t know if I go back or I just go to a few here and there, but yeah, I’m undecided.”
Leaving on his own terms is important to the Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, native after two of his brothers were forced from competition due to injuries sustained in or out of the arena.
“The drive for me to come this weekend was just to prove to myself an injury didn’t stop my career,” Roy concluded.
“Aaron Roy just cemented the fact that he is the best bull rider to represent this country in the PBR’s 21 year of existence,” said event promoter Jason Davidson of 3D Bull Riding Inc.
Stetson Lawrence was presented with his Championship Cup on Saturday, as the 2014 PBR Canada Champion. Lawrence did not compete this weekend due to a knee injury, and had clinched the title before the Finals began.
Australia’s Josh Birks, PBR Built Ford Tough Series star Chase Outlaw, Alberta’s 2010 Canadian Pro Rodeo Champion Jesse Torkelson and North Dakota’s Nathan Schaper rounded out the Top 5.
Bull of the Finals at the eighth PBR Canada Finals went to Red Mile from Wyatt Daines, Kris and Ryan Russell, in his trip against Chase Outlaw in Round 2. Bull of the Year was accepted by Rusty Clunie of Flying Four Bucking Bulls on Friday Night for their bull, Bad Mammer Jammer.
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2014 PBR Canada National Finals
Nov. 14-15, 2014
1. Rocky McDonald, 87 points, $1,600.
2. Ty Pozzobon, 86, $1,200.
3. Chase Outlaw, 85.5, $600.
Tanner Byrne, 85.5, $600.
5. Josh Birks, 83.5.
Cody Coverchuk, 83.5.
1. Dakota Buttar, 86.5 points, $1,600.
2. Aaron Roy, 85.5, $1,200.
3. Cole Young, 85, $800.
4. Jesse Torkelson, 84.5, $400.
(tie) Nathan Schaper, 84.5, $400.
6. Jordan Hansen, 83.
(tie) Kyle Primeau, 83.
8. Adam Jamison, 82.5.
9. Dusty Ephrom, 81.
10. Tanner Byrne, 72.
1. Aaron Roy, 90 points, $1,600.
2. Josh Birks, 89, $1,200.
3. Jesse Torkelson, 86.5, $800.
4. Chase Outlaw, 86, $400.
5. Nathan Schaper, 85.5.
Aggregate and Total Money Won:
1. Aaron Roy, 175.5 points, $12,040.
2. Josh Birks, 172.5 points, $7,640.
3. Chase Outlaw, 171.5 points, $4,640.
4. Jesse Torkelson, 171 points, $3,720.
5. Nathan Schaper, 168.5 points, $1,960.
6. Tanner Byrne, 157.5 points, $2,000.
7. Rocky McDonald, 87 points, $2,720.
8. Dakota Buttar, 86.5 points, $2,440.
9. Ty Pozzobon, 86 points, $1,760.
10. Cole Young, 85 points, $1,080.
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