Jordan Hansen is off to a red-hot start to his 2017 season.
After getting an early start on the CPRA season with a win at the Rebel Energy Services Red Deer Xtreme Bull Event late last month, the defending Canadian Champion bull rider picked up another win on home soil, winning both first and second place at this weekend’s PBR Lethbridge.
“I definitely can’t complain,” said the 23-year-old cowboy, who has been keeping busy over the winter months by riding in a few rodeos South of the 49th Parallel.
“Here lately I haven’t been doing all that great down south where I wanted to be so it’s kind of good to come up here and turn things around,” said Hansen, despite ranking 18th in the current PRCA Standings.
If he wanted to start building up some momentum, Hansen sure succeeded this weekend at the ENMAX Centre, taking home the two biggest cheques from the first PBR Canada event of 2017.
The Okotoks cowboy, who was entered twice at the two-day event, covered all four of the bulls he climbed on to collect a tidy sum totalling just under $10,000 and a whole bundle of points to go towards the PBR Canada National Standings and the PBR World Standings.
“Winning first and second a guy does get quite a few points to put you up in the standings, that’s for sure,” he said.
Those points were enough to take Hansen one step closer to the Built Ford Tough Series, which takes only the top 35 riders in the world.
“It’s the biggest stage we’ve got in bull riding, so there’s definitely a lot of money up for grabs there,” said Hansen, noting that he’s never really made a push to qualify for the BFTS before.
“I’ve gone to the PBR’s and stuff in Canada but I’ve not really branched out and gone to any of them in the States or anything I’ve just kind of stuck with the ones up here.”
Hansen also noted that he’s not sure whether he’s going to make a serious push for the BFTS this year either.
“I’m sitting pretty good in the PRCA World Standings right now, actually like I’m top 20 in the World there so I don’t know, I guess. It depends how things go here in the next little bit. I’m going to have to start making some decisions on which road I want to go. It’s either keep going to all these PRCA rodeos or the CPRA rodeos up here or try to get to the NFR or I take the PBR route and in that case, I’m going to have to start going to all the PBR’s in the States and everywhere.”
By: Zach Cormier