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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 15:31

PBR event a resounding success

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scott Schiffner’s eight-second ride on Pop Evil proved to be the perfect finish for the inaugural Professional Bull Riders’ Swift Current Cody Snyder Invitational May 28.

The fans in the sold-out Credit Union i-plex went wild making noise as Schiffner, who needed 86 points to win the event, got on Pop Evil and waited for the chute to swing open. As soon as Pop Evil saw daylight, he jumped into the air.

Schiffner desperately tried to hang on as Pop Evil demonstrated he could leap quite high. The fireworks went off signifying the end of the championship-winning ride. That caused the crowd to get even louder as they appreciated the eight-second thrill Schiffner gave them.

“That was phenomenal,” said Cody Snyder, who organized the event.

Schiffner, a native of Strathmore, was awarded 86 points for that ride and took home $5,508, a belt buckle and a place in history as the first winner of the new PBR event in Swift Current.

The 31-year-old took a lot of pride in his victory. He was also appreciative for the atmosphere inside the i-plex.

“It was great,” said Schiffner, who has been competing in professional rodeos since he was 17. “I’ve been here lots for the rodeo but first time indoors for the bull riding. That is what is the neatest thing about the smaller towns and the small buildings is the crowd is right on top of you, it’s loud and that makes for great bull riding.”

Snyder was also impressed with the way his PBR event was supported by the community.

He loved fans were calling the Broncos’ office for the last two weeks looking for tickets to the event.

He also liked how loud the fans in the stands were during the bull riding and how easy it was working with both the organizing committee and Swift Current Broncos.

Since Eastend decided not to bring PBR back to its community this year, the Swift Current show is the
only Professional Bull Riding event in southwest Saskatchewan.

A combination of the lack of PBR, the organizing committee and the interest and passion of the fans has Snyder wanting to bring the event back to Swift Current next year. He would, however, like to make one slight change to it.

“I definitely see it going into two days easily,” said Snyder who runs similar events out of Dallas and Houston, Texas. “With this kind of support, they turned a lot of people away. The phones rang off the wall for the last two weeks here.

“That’s up to them (if they want to expand it). I think the community will support it and we can turn this into a whole PBR weekend in Swift Current. All you can do is make it bigger and keep having a big party and that’s what people want to do.”

Bringing the event back next year seemed to be the consensus from the people who attended the event.

People exiting the i-plex could be heard talking about how enjoyable the event — be it the bull riding or the after party cabaret that featured Jaydee Bixby — was and how they would love to come back to another event next year. Having the event return will only help the i-plex’s main tenants, the Swift Current Broncos. The organization receives part of the profits to put toward the post-secondary education fund for players.

The amount raised from the bull riding event was not available at press time.

Should the PBR event return to Swift Current, Schiffner said he will come back in an attempt to defend his title and enjoy the southwest Saskatchewan fans again.

“Definitely this will be another stop along the way. I hope everybody puts bull riding on again next year. It was great bull riding,” he said.

“The only way it could be better is if we were in a building that held 20,000 people and it was like that.”

Results for riders who competed in the championship round:
Rider 1st ride 2nd ride Total
1. Scott Schiffner 86 86 172
2. Tyler Thomson 84 87.5 171.5
3. Chad Besplug BO 86 86
T4. Vince Northrop 84 BO 84
T4. Derek Creswell 84 BO 84
T6. Dusty Ephrom 83.5 BO 83.5
T6. Jesse Torkelson 83.5 BO 83.5
8. Jason Finkbeiner 83 BO 83
T9. Tuck Johnson BO BO 0
T9. Ty Pozzobon BO BO 0

NOTE: Besplug, Johnson and Pozzobon were selected to re-enter the competition from a draw.

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