Ponoka bull rider and 2016 Canadian Champion Jordan Hansen won big at his second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) in Las Vegas from Dec. 5 to 14, topping the field in round 10 with an 88.5 point go round win, earning a $26,230 payday, along with an eighth place average cheque of $6346, giving Hansen an NFR total of $100,044 and a season total of $214.792.
Right out of the chute on opening night, Hansen was fourth in the round with an 89.5 point ride on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Hou’s Bad News.
He wasn’t so lucky the next night, getting bucked off Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Last Shot, but came back in round three, making it two for three with a 90 point effort on Bridwell Pro Rodeo’s Jive Turkey to win the second place $20,730 cheque, taking the lead in the average with his 179.5 points on two and climbing to fifth in the world standings.
He’d ridden eight of his last nine bulls in rodeo competition for an unheard of 89 per cent riding percentage.
Skipping ahead to round seven and Hansen was bucked off for the third time in a raw, falling victim to Andrews Rodeo’s Velocity, but still earning $30,000 up until that point.
On Canada Night, Dec. 12, Hansen was unable to get by a tough draw, Harper and Morgan Rodeo’s Hot and Ready.
On Friday night, Hansen picked up a third place $15,653 cheque with an 88 point performance aboard Silver Creek Pro Rodeo’s Chaos Ghost. It was the Ponoka cowboy’s third placing of the week and moved him over the $45,000 plateau in WNFR earnings.
“I feel it’s been something of a sub-par week for me here,” Hansen said in a press release.
“I started the week well but kind of went through a cold spell until tonight. It was nice to get this one rode.”
Hansen is from Okotoks and currently lives in Ponoka.
For complete WNFR results visit www.prorodeo.com.
Maple Leaf Finals Rodeo
Local team ropers Keely and Logan Bonnett were overall Maple Leaf Circuit winners at the brand new professional circuit Maple Leaf Finals Rodeo, held at Canadian Western Agribition in Saskatchewan from Nov. 27 to 30. Their money counts for the 2020 Pro Rodeo Canada season and the winners earn qualifications for the RAM National Circuit Finals April 2 to 4 in Kissimmee, Fl.