Hansen smokin at Okotoks show
Rodeo: Hansen all smiles after riding bull in his hometown
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013 06:00 am
Winners at the Okoktoks Pro Rodeo
Champions at the 2013 Okotoks Pro Rodeo
Bareback — Caleb Bennett, 85.5 (True Grit)
Tie-down roping — Ryle Smith, 7.5 sec.
Steer wrestling — Morgan Grant, 3.7 sec.
Saddle brone — Luke Butterfield, 90 (Pedro)
Barrel racing — Kirsty White, 12.64 sec.
Team roping — Brett Buss/Rocky Dallyn, 4.4 secs.
Bull riding — Tanner Gerlitz, 91.5. (Proline Power)
An Okotoks bull rider might not have won the championship buckle at his hometown rodeo, but he certainly had a winning smile after his performance at a sold-out Murray Arena.
Jordan Hansen rode Smoke Show to 75 points on Saturday night, good for fourth place at the Okotoks Pro Rodeo.
“I was happy with the way I rode, even though I didn’t have the bull I wanted — you can’t score a lot of points on him,” Hansen said. “But I am definitely happy that I stayed on.”
His bull, Smoke Show, came out of the chutes and got a lot of air, but bucked straight ahead, like a dolphin coming out of the water. It looked good to the crowd, but the judges are looking for a bull who twists and turns more than Chubby Checker.
“If you are wandering across the arena that far and not staying close to the bucking chutes and turning, that’s not going to be quite as many points,” he said. “It looks cool to the fans, but judges don’t like them as much as a bull that spins right there.”
He had no complaints. In fact, you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face as friends came down to greet him after the ride.
“My teacher James Keary, came down to see me and I haven’t seen him since high school,” the 19-year-old Foothills Composite graduate said. “It was exciting to do so well in my hometown.”
Hansen’s travelling partner Tanner Girletz won the Okotoks rodeo bull riding title. Girletz proved why he is the No. 1 bull rider in Canada as he won with a 91.5-point ride on Proline Power Friday night. Black Diamond bull rider Tyler Thomson was bucked off Friday night by Stupid Trent. All three should make the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) in November as they are all comfortably in the top 12 in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association standings (CPRA).
Score one for pa
Dad got the better of his son on the weekend. Don DePaoli of Longview teamed up with Cochrane’s Baillie Milan to rope a steer in 5.9 seconds Friday, good enough to finish fourth overall in the team-roping at Okotoks.
“I caught him, but I wouldn’t call it a real good run,” said DePaoli, the heeler on the team. “I kind of just threw it in there and the steer kind of got away from me.”
It didn’t get too far away from him as the 5.9 was good enough to be the top time of the first night of the rodeo.
“It was a pretty good time, I think it will place but it won’t be good enough to win,” DePaoli said on Friday.
The elder DePaoli currently sits 24th in the CPRA season standings among heelers.
“It has been pretty slow here because I have had to change partners,” DePaoli said. “I pretty well have to win every rodeo to get to the CFR.”
His son, Steele, is a lock to go to the CFR.
He is sitting in third-place as a header. His partner Kasper Roy, from nearby Mossleigh, also sits in third-place as a heeler.
Steele and Roy finished out of the money in team roping in Okotoks.
A five-time Canadian champion is going to remember the one that got away at the Okotoks Pro Rodeo.
Black Diamond’s Lee Graves seemed poised to take the lead in steer wrestling on Saturday when he jumped off his trustee mount Jessie and seemed to have the steer firmly in his grasp.
But before you could say: ‘What the heck?’ Graves was no longer grabbing a pair of horns but sitting on his duff grasping at dusty air as the steer somehow slipped away.
“I don’t know what happened,” Graves said. “When I was riding up to the steer I was thinking: ‘This is going to be lights out.’”
Graves went into Saturday’s performance chasing eventual champion Morgan Grant who pinned his steer in 3.7 seconds.
Graves thought he had a shot at Grant’s number when he got hold of the steer’s horn for a nanosecond.
“He just got the inside horn down on the catch and he just disappeared. If I would have held on, it would have been gravy,” Graves said. “Oh well, easy come easy go.”
Although the Foothills area is a great place to live for the local bulldogger, Okotoks has been a crummy place to do his work during the Labour Day weekend.
“I have only been here twice,” Graves said. “The first year, I broke a barrier on three (seconds) and this year, I lost the steer.”
The steers proved to be slicker than a Montreal city councillor as there were several no-times in Saturday’s performance.
Graves is recovering well from an ankle injury that caused him to miss much of last season. He was sitting fifth in the CPRA standings as of Aug. 28. He is a shoe-in to finish in the top 12 to qualify for the CFR.
Okotoks’ Jon Webb had his steer go the wrong way and had a no time. Webb has been hot as of late cashing cheques in a few rodeos. However, he had to miss much of the early season due to personal reasons.
When traveling partners Sam Kelts of Millarville and Luke Butterfield were chatting after the saddle bronc over a cool one on Sunday, hopefully the latter was buying.
Butterfield won the saddle bronc competition with a 90 on Wayne Vold’s Pedro, during Sunday’s performance.
Kelts gave it his all for seven seconds three rides after Butterfield, but he wasn’t able to catch the guy he travels with.
He said he had the horsepower, Eclypse, to get a 90 or better score.
“I started out good, but he just outmatched me in the end,” Kelts said. “I was on him for six or seven seconds but when he came back across, he bucked me off.”
Butterfield electrified the crowd with his 90-point ride on Pedro just minutes before Kelts’ chances of winning were eclipsed.
“When you come to a Wayne Vold rodeo, Pedro is definitely one of the horses you want to get on,” Butterfield said. “He came out and just bucked, and bucked and bucked.”
The 2013 Okotoks saddle bronc champion admitted he was nervous when he drew Pedro.
“He just seems bigger and wants to buck more in Okotoks,” Butterfield said. “I have seen him buck off guys the last two years.”
One of them being his pal Kelts two years ago.
Both Butterfield and Kelts are in position to qualify for the CFR. Kelts is in fifth place in the standings while Butterfield is eighth.
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