Blankenship goes distance to win night one in Prince Albert
6 May 2016
By Ted Stovin
PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan — Kildeer North Dakota’s Riley Blankenship earned the night one victory at the Clunie-Cooper Memorial PBR at the Art Hauser Center on Friday night.
Blankenship covered Black Rose from Vold Rodeo for a score of 86.5 to tie for the long round win with two-time Canadian Champion Dakota Buttar of Kindersley, Saskatchewan. In the finals, the North Dakotan put up the first score ever, 88.5 points, on the back of Checkered Flags from the Wild Hoggs.
Buttar put up his 86.5 from the first round on the back of ABBI Classic bull contender X402 Cryin’ Wolf from Big Chief Bucking Bulls. In the finals he was a half point off the win, putting up an 88 on Liquid Fire, also from the Wild Hoggs.
For their efforts, Blankenship earned $4,014.84 and 60 world championship points while Buttar adds $3,075.59 to his 2016 campaign and takes over the number one spot in the PBR Canadian Standings.
Saskatchewan’s Justin Lloyd covered two bulls on Friday to place third on the night while Nathan Schaper of North Dakota and the PBR’s BUilt Ford Tough Series and Washington’s Cody Casper rounded out the top five.
The following are the unofficial results from the Clunie-Cooper Memorial PBR in Prince Albert, SK on May 6th, 2016.
Round one: 1. (tie) Dakota Buttar on Big Chief Bucking Bulls’ X402 Cryin’ Wolf and Riley Blankenship on Vold/Prescott’s 111 Black Rose, 86.5, $580.13 each; 3. Nathan Schaper, 86, $331.50; 4. Jake Wilson, 85, $165.75; 5. Justin Lloyd, 82; no other qualified rides.
Finals: 1. Riley Blankenship on Wild Hoggs’ 293 Checkered Flags, 88.5 points, $663.00; 2. Dakota Buttar, 88, $497.25; 3. Cody Casper, 85.5, $331.50; 4. Justin Lloyd, 84.5, $165.75; no other qualified rides.
Aggregate, total money and points earned: 1. Riley Blankenship, 175 points on two bulls, $4,014.84, 60; 2. Dakota Buttar, 174.5, $3,075.59, 30; 3. Justin Lloyd, 166.5, $1,390.46, 20; 4. Nathan Schaper, 86 points on one bull, $1,169.46, 15; 5. Cody Casper, 85.5, $860.06, 10; 6. Jake Wilson, 85, $539.61, 5.
Official ABBI Classic results from May 6th, 2016 in Prince Albert, SK as part of the Clunie-Cooper Memorial PBR.
1. Young Money Cattle Company’s 124 Story of the Stars, 89.75 points; 2. FHRC X220, 87.5; 3. 2BIT 292, 86; 4. BCRC 263, 84.25; 5. BCRC X402, 84.
The second and final night of the 2016 Clunie-Cooper Memorial PBR in Prince Albert, SK takes place on Saturday May 7th at the Art Hauser Center starting at 7:30pm.
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