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Pro Cowboy Crunch lightning in an arena

Written by  By Andrea Carol
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Ponoka's Wacey Finkbiner is airborne in this ride at the 2016 Bull-a-Rama. Ponoka's Wacey Finkbiner is airborne in this ride at the 2016 Bull-a-Rama. Photo contributed

Oyen’s Bull-a-Rama comes back for its 20th year on July 18. Also known as the White Lightening Pro Cowboy Crunch, the annual event is an ace-high rodeo event that is recognized by the Professional Rodeo Association. Bull Riding is the only event and it showcases the best thirty Canadian bulls they can muster up.


And Cowboys.
“This is classified as a special event in rodeo. They’ve started to sanction them through the Professional Rodeo Association. We are now able to qualify for the Canadian Finals Rodeo through our event. So it has special sanctioning thought the Professional Rodeo Association as well as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). However, it is only bull riding. We bring in the top thirty bulls that we can find from all of Canada for these guys to get on,” said Savanna (Girletz) Tye, Chairperson.
Originally started by the the Oyen and District Leisure Centre Society  with its charter in 1971, Big Country Agricultural Society has since taken on the annual Bull-a-Rama event. This year’s event is presented by the Ag Society and Girletz Rodeo Stock.
The event is not just important to rodeo kin, but it creates a significant economic impact for the community of Oyen.
“We usually end up with 1,500 to 2,000 people. We usually end up with more people (at the event) than the number of people who live in the town of Oyen”, said Tye. “The Bull-a-Rama Event has always prided itself in giving back somewhere. Whether it’s ball uniforms, pool upgrades or the farmers market. People can always come to the Ag Society and present their ideas and the Ag Society loves to give back to the community”.
The event being in its 20th successful year draws riders back for boot-stomping-rodeo-action time and time again. With an attractive purse, great bulls and opportunity to qualify points for the Canadian Finals, thirty riders from all over will be competing at the event.
“We take great pride in making sure we have good prize money added. These guys go everywhere to get on bulls and they don’t get paid to do it unless they win. So, we make sure we put up enough money to make it worth their while to come and get on”, said Tye.
“Beef-on-a-Bun and a cold beer are always ready for the fans. But, the event is not just for grown-up cow folk. There is face painting, a rock wall, treasure hunt and a Pig Scramble for the little cowboys and cowgirls too.
Gates open at 5 p.m. This year has an extra special feature with Junior Steer riding starting at 6:30 p.m. in memory of Ty Pozzobon. The main bulls bucking portion of the evening kicks off at 7 p.m.
If you are looking for an exciting bull riding event, the Oyen Bull-a-Rama is the place to be. For more information go to, www.oyenbullarama.com.

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