Ty Pozzobon celebrates his win Wednesday. Photo by Lyle Aspinall
BY SCOTT FISHER, CALGARY SUN
Ty Pozzobon was one unhappy cowboy.
He got on the back of two bulls on Tuesday night and came crashing down both times.
He spent the rest of the night attempting to kick himself in the Wranglers, and then turned his attention to a new pair of bulls on Wednesday.
This time, it was Pozzobon’s night.
“You have to let it roll off your back,” Pozzobon said of Tuesday’s buck-offs. “I had a piss-poor performance.
“But that’s bullriding. I had another one today, I knew that.
“I felt I made two good rides. It feels good.”
Pozzobon put the spurs to Outlaw Buckers’ Dakota Joe for 83 in the long round and then tapped out an electrifying 87.5 aboard Girletz’s Cuckoo Kong in the championship round.
His combined 170.5 on two was tops on Night 2 of the 17th annual Ranchman’s Renegades Charity Bullbustin.
Celebrating on the top of the fence, Pozzobon was scooped up by former bull rider and current pickup man Tyler Thomson for an impromptu victory lap.
“(Thomson) said, ‘You’re going to ride this bull and then get off and rope him,’ but my bull went out so I made a victory lap,” the Merritt, B.C., cowboy said.
“I almost fell off the entire time.”
Pozzobon gave Thomson a hand on Tuesday night.
“He gave me the opportunity last night to rope bulls,” Pozzobon said. “That was pretty cool.
“I haven’t had by adrenaline running like that since I started riding.”
The fun and games continues with Thursday’s Sunbelt Rentals third annual invitational PBR Bullbustin goes Thursday (7 p.m.) and raises funds for the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.
Pozzobon, who has won the Cody Snyder-produced event in the past, would just as soon stay at the Ranchman’s.
Actually, he is.
“My camper is parked right over there,” the 24-year-old said motioning to the parking lot.
“I’ll be here all week.”
And his trophy spurs will be staying in the country music dancehouse.
“This is my favourite event,” he said. “The crowd pumps you up. And it’s not just (competitors from Canada). Look, I’m going against Chase Outlaw, one of the best guys in the world.
“We’ve been longtime friends. I want to beat his ass but I want him to win, too. We feed off each other.
“But these (spurs) are going to the Ranchman’s. The Ranchman’s have been good to me so they can put them up on the wall in there.”
The charity event raised cash for the Project Warmth Society of Alberta, Operation Kickstart and Alberta Champions.
“I owe a big part of this to my travelling partners,” Pozzobon said of Outlaw and others. “When you travel with badasses, it makes you want to be a badass.”
And he wants to win the PBR Canada title.
“I’ve had a lot of injuries and have been sitting at home,” he said. “Both me and Chase sat at home and I think that drove us to be the best.
“I’ve come up short of winning Canada twice.
“I’m not coming short again. I’ll get on as many bulls as I have to to win Canada.”