Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston is the first saddle bronc rider since 2011 to capture both the world title and the Canadian title in the same year. (File Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston captures second world title at NFR

Zeke Thurston is quickly becoming one of the most decorated saddle bronc riders around.

The 24-year-old from Big Valley has three Calgary Stampede championship buckles, a Canadian title and now his second National Finals Rodeo World title.

Thurston set the NFR Round 7 record with a 92.5-point ride. He Round 1 with an 88-point ride on Mo Betta Rodeo’s Sue City Sue and Round 9 with a 91-point ride on Vold Rodeo Company’s Sun Glow.

In the final go-round in Las Vegas, Nevada, he posted an 88.5 on C5 Rodeo’s Kitty Whistle to tie for third and add $11,141 to his round earnings. Add in a fourth-place payout of $31,431 and overall the Albertan collected $170,064 in 10 days at the NFR.

On the season, he earned $347,055, more than $60K over Brody Cress, who was second. Simply dominant, is the only way to describe Thurston’s 2019 campaign.

I don’t know if I have words for how I feel right now. I wanted this one even more that I wanted that first one,” the 24 year-old second-generation bronc rider told Pro Rodeo Canada. “I’ve had more fun this year than I ever have. This is awesome, just awesome.”

Thurston’s combined victory — Canadian and World titles in the same year— is the first time it has happened since Taos Muncy accomplished the feat in 2011.

Email sports tips to Byron Hackett

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Water main installation to close portion of 55 Street in Red Deer

A portion of 55 Street will close starting Thursday to December 24… Continue reading

COVID-19 cases in Alberta up by 153 Wednesday

Central zone sits at 19 active cases

In photos: Gord Bamford raises more than $21K at Lacombe concert

Central Alberta’s Gord Bamford performed at the Lacombe Regional Airport on Saturday.… Continue reading

River Bend could get an extension to repay an often deferred $1.7 million loan

Council gives initial approval to defer repayments until 2022

Albertans the speediest behind wheel, according to national dangerous driving survey looks into dangerous and reckless driving habits across the country

Penhold grows impatient waiting for roundabout

Town wants firm date on when a roundabout could be built at intersection of Highway 2A and 42

Over 2,000 volunteers needed for 2020 Festival of Trees

The annual event this year shifted to Bower Place from Westerner Park

No resolution in Walmart shooter’s bid to avoid trial

The shooter, Chase Freed returns to court on Oct. 14

Leduc Man still missing, RCMP concerned for his well being

31-year-old Ryan Mcleod has been missing since Sept. 10, 2020.

Sylvan Lake family says they are ‘blessed’ to have found their home in Central Alberta

Onsy and Rosemary Tawadrous immigrated to Canada in 2011 and made their home in Sylvan Lake

Tractor fire east of Ponoka doused

Flames extinguished with foam additive

Wetaskiwin restaurant asks City for help with excessive property damage caused by continuous loiterers

Employees say that they are scared for themselves and their customers.

Most Read