The 2019 Oyen Bull-A-Rama will be held on July 24 at the Oyen RCMP Centennial Park.
According to the Pro Rodeo Canada website, the event is known as a White Lightning Dodge Professional Crunch event and will include bull riding, judging, and steer riding.
The event will kick off with the Ty Pozzobon junior steer riding competition and following that, 30 Professional Bull Riders will ride steers. Pozzobon was a young steer rider who was the Number 23 ranked bull rider worldwide after finishing fourth overall in the World Finals. Sadly, Pozzobon ultimately took his own life on January 9, 2017. The PBR Canada website states that Pozzobon’s brain was donated to research.
Ted Stovin, the author of the article ‘Remembering Ty Pozzobon’ that is available on the PBR Canada website, says that in the months after Ty’s passing, he, Tanner Byrne, Chad Besplug, Rusty Clunie, Gord Broda, and Ryan Giles formed the Ty Pozzobon Foundation. Since the Foundation was formed, Stovin says that over $250,000 has been raised to support the health and well-being of western sport athletes. More information about the Ty Pozzobon Foundation can be found at: https://www.typozzobon.com/.
The Bull-A-Rama event will ultimately come down to the top six riders competing for a $10,000 grand prize and a championship belt buckle.
According to the Bull-A-Rama Facebook page, the first Annual White Lightning Dodge Cowboy Crunch Oyen Bullarama was held in July of 1999. As the years progress, the crowds continue to grow. The riders also continue to pull of sensational performances, which helps continue making the event successful.
Cheryl Ball of the Big Country Ag Society says that in addition to the rodeo event, there will be music, beer gardens, and a concession. There will also be a pig scramble, which involves six little pigs being released in a gated area and kids trying to retrieve envelopes filled with money off of the pig.
Admission to the event is $20 adults, $10 for ages 12 to 17, $5 for ages seven to 11, and its free for six and under.