Bashaw’s Jacob Stemo goes for a ride June 28 at the Ponoka Stampede, but it wasn’t enough to climb into the bareback top 12. (Photo by EMILY JAYCOX/Ponoka News)

Bashaw’s Jacob Stemo charging up Canadian rodeo standings

Jacob Stemo is eying a return to the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

The Bashaw bareback rider had an epic climb into the top 12 last year and qualified for the first CFR to take place in Red Deer.

This time around, before the weekend started he sat 18th in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association bareback standings.

With a win at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo and a runner-up finish in Cranbrook, the former novice rider collected just over $2,000 and is making a charge into the top 12. With some luck, he could punch another late ticket to the CFR.

“I was in pretty much the same position last year at this time and I had a really good August and September and got to the finals,” he said in a CPRA press release.

The 26-year-old cowboy spurred to an 85.5 score on Outlaw Buckers’ Tubs Ross River and earned top prize in Pincher Creek.

“That’s a great horse,” Stemo said of Ross River.” and he was awesome (Sunday). I knew I had a chance to win with that horse.”

Stemo now also has a strong shot at the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals in Regina at the end of November, as well as punching a ticket to CFR 46 in Red Deer from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.

Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

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