Bull rider coming home to qualify for finals
Rodeo: Jordan Hansen sitting in eighth heading into Okotoks
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 06:00 am
A bull rider is hoping a quick stop at home will help him earn his first trip to the Canadian Finals Rodeo.
Okotoks’ Jordan Hansen sits in eighth place with $18,479 in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association standings as of Aug. 23 and a strong showing in his hometown rodeo this weekend would virtually clinch a spot in the top 12 and a trip to the finals in November.
“All these last rodeos are important,” Hansen said. “I have to ride well in Okotoks and these last rodeos so no one else can catch me... As long as I can stay on my bulls, I will be fine.”
The Okotoks Pro Rodeo is one of three rodeos in the second to last weekend of the CPRA season. As a result, the rodeos in Okotoks, Merritt and Armstrong will see the very best athletes come out to earn some extra cash as the top 12 money winners go to the CFR in Edmonton.
Hansen kept himself within target of the top 12 during the early parts of the CPRA season, but he skyrocketed up the standings when he decided to head north rather than east earlier this month.
“Towards the end of the year things started going my way,” Hansen said. “I was going to go to Lashburn (Sask.) for a PBR (Pro Bull Riders) event but I decided to go to Dawson Creek because I knew I had a good bull.
“Things just happened to work out.”
Hansen scored an 86 on Criminal Power on Aug 9, good enough to earn second-place and put $2,086 towards his CPRA earnings. He then hopped in a truck and drove seven hours to Elnora where he finished second after riding Bombs Away to an 89.
“They won Calgary on him and I had ridden him once before and I got bucked off — I kind of wanted some redemption,” he said.
He won just over $6,000 combined in Enora and Dawson Creek.
The 19-year-old Hansen is in his second year riding fulltime on the CPRA season. He might have been the best seven-second rider on the circuit in his rookie year. Unfortunately, the horn blows at eight seconds.
“This year I have been on more bulls and able to work out some minor errors — rookie mistakes,” Hansen said. “This year I just decided to do what I do and not think so much and went out and rode.”
He’s not worrying about paycheques until he’s off the raging bull.
“Last year about halfway through the ride, I would start seeing dollar signs,” Hansen said. “I would think ‘I’ve got this thing rode’ and then I would fall off.
“You have to be thinking ‘I have to ride this thing for 10 (seconds), not just eight.’”
The 19-year-old Foothills Composite High School graduate is heading off to Red Deer College where he will be taking welding – he was second to fellow Foothills student Nick Kitt at a national high school welding competition in 2011.
However, he’s been going to school every time he hops in the truck to go to a rodeo.
“I travel with Tanner Gerletz and Tyler Elliott,” Hansen said. “Tanner is no. 1 right now in the standings and I sometimes travel with Tyler Thomson, I always listen to them.”
Hansen trained on some of Thomson’s bulls at his Black Diamond ranch and he has received plenty of help from the 2008 Canadian champion.
“He’s really good at telling me what I am doing wrong and how to fix it,” Hansen said. “It’s kind of neat. Now that I have been riding for a couple of years, he’s a buddy, but growing up he is someone I was always looking up to.”
He is still looking up to the Black Diamond bull rider – at least in the standings. Thomson was third in the CPRA standings as of Aug. 23 with $22,419.
Whoever Hansen travels with this weekend he will get to see some of the Foothills and part of the Okanagan. He plans to go to Armstrong, B.C., Okotoks, and the Glenn Keeley Memorial Bull Riding competition in Stavely.
The Okotoks Rodeo is Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Murray Arena. Tickets are available by phoning 403-938-1518.
For more information go to www.okotoksprorodeo.com.