Vold repeats as Canadian champion

Barb Poulsen

Vold repeats as Canadian champion

By Barb Poulsen, courtesy of the CPRA

EDMONTON, Alberta – Bareback rider Jake Vold made it back-to-back Canadian Professional Rodeo Association championships and put an exclamation point on his second title with a spectacular 89.25-point ride on Wayne Vold’s True Grit.

Vold’s score Nov. 15 was the highest of the entire Canadian Finals Rodeo in any of the riding events, and took his season earnings to a record $98,568, more than $22,000 better than the previous record, set by Davey Shields Jr. in 2004.

Vold was the last man in the section and was ready for the moment.

“I love being the last guy out and needing to be 90 to win,” he said. “My style is pretty much ‘let it all go,’ and sometimes it doesn’t work, but today it felt really good.

“I actually think I’m happier this year,” Vold said of his second title. “I had the best Finals I’ve ever had, and I thought if I had a really good CFR, I might just get to $100,000 for the year. I guess I came pretty close.”

As for the future, Vold conceded he’s already thinking about next year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER after just missing getting there in 2015; he was 17th in the world standings.

“I’ve got my eye on the prize, for sure, for next season,” Vold said, adding that “the prize” includes a run at a third Canadian title.

The other CPRA year-end champions included steer wrestler Cody Cassidy ($60,611), team ropers Roland McFadden and Tyrel Flewelling ($38,799 each), saddle bronc rider Cody DeMoss ($90,687), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey ($62,449), barrel racer Nancy Csabay ($84,715) and bull rider Dakota Buttar ($72,066).

–PRCA, courtesy of the CPRA