Among an all-star cast of bull riders, Jordan Hansen reigned supreme in Red Deer on Saturday night.
The Calgary native cashed in on a victory at the Rebel Energy Services Xtreme Bulls event.
“I was feeling really good, been down in the states all winter. Everything has been going good. Just happy I could come back to home soil and keep rolling,” Hansen said.
“I’m usually in the states at this time … actually just got home yesterday. Just made the trip up. First time here, this is awesome, definitely a bull ride I’m going to come back to every year. “
Hansen mastered a rank bull, “Jesus N Bocephus” in the short go for an 88-point ride.
The the 2016 Canadian Finals Rodeo bull riding champ put up a 171.5 average between the long and short rounds to collect the $2,850 top prize. He scored an 83.5 in the long go.
“Had two really good bulls. I knew that first bull I got on really well,” Hansen said.
“Rode him before, so I was really excited about him. Actually the bull I rode in the short round, rode him last summer and scored a bunch of points on him so was happy to get him.”
Jackson Scott finished second on average with 155 points.
Scott Schiffner of Strathmore had the ride of the night late in the long round when he conquered “Nickle Package” for a 91.5 point ride.
Schiffner got by far the loudest ovation of the night at the Centrium for that performance, but was bucked off in the short go with just over a second before the eight second buzzer.
Saturday was also an extremely emotional one for the bull riding community, as before the riders took to the arena there was a video tribute to 25-year-old Ty Pozzobon who died earlier this year. Pozzobon was one of Canada’s top bull riders.
Hansen said almost every one of the 30 riders were out competing for their friend.
“It was pretty cool to see them do something like that in the intro for Ty,” Hansen said.
“He was one of the best bull riders in the world. Definitely one of the best in Canada. Not only me, but most of the guys in the dressing room were riding for Ty and he was in our hearts for sure.”