MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jake Vold nailed the third-best bareback ride of the 2017 season and won the Southeastern Livestock Exposition in Montgomery, Ala., with his 90.5-point ride on Frontier Rodeo’s Short Night.
“I try to win every rodeo, but I’ve got a lot of ground to make up now that everything counts, so I need to keep winning,” Vold said. “it’s going to take quite a bit of money this year – every win is key.”
Vold was No. 27 in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings prior to his $4,893 win on Saturday night.
“It feels good, but it’s early in the season you know, so I’m picking away where I can,” Vold said. “But any time you win a rodeo, it’s a good feeling.”
Competition was stiff, but Vold set the bar high with his 90.5 ride, leaving Kaycee Feild in second with an 89.5 and Caleb Bennett in third with an 88.
“They had some rank horses and I drew a good one and just ended up being lucky tonight, I guess,” Vold said.
Vold placed second in the 2016 world standings and tied for second in the average at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. He kicked off the new year with an early split-win and an 86.5-point ride at the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, Miss., in early February.
Since then, Vold’s been cooling off from his win in the South by taking some time off at his home in Alberta, Canada.
“I come down and rodeo here and there – can’t rodeo 365 days a year – I’m just getting started” Vold said. “We got a little buffalo set up there, and some cows, just ranching around up there and keeping myself busy.”
Up next, the 30-year-old bronc rider is heading to Rodeo Austin (Texas) which is underway until March 25.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I do, enter the big ones and get on the good ones,” Vold said.
Other winners at the $102,018 rodeo were all-around cowboy Nelson Wyatt ($2,038 in tie-down roping and team roping), steer wrestler Matthew Mosseau (3.3 seconds), team ropers Keven Daniel/Justin Yost (4.5 seconds), saddle bronc riders Audy Reed on Frontier Rodeo’s Medicine Woman, Clay Elliott on Frontier Rodeo’s Cross Fire, and Zeke Thurston on Frontier Rodeo’s Popsicle (87.5 points each), tie-down ropers Tyler Milligan and Shane Hanchey (7.8 seconds each), barrel racer Carlee Pierce (15.84 seconds), and bull riders Dustin Bowen on Frontier Rodeo’s Highway Man and Kolby Radley on Frontier Rodeo’s Footloose (89 points each).
For more coverage of the Southeastern Livestock Exposition, check out the March 31 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.
Courtesy of PRCA