Saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer holds on to Lynx Mountain for winning round

 

Cody DeMoss from Watervalley, Alta., gets bucked off in the Saddle Bronc Riding contest on Friday at the 2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place. Cort Scheer won Friday's saddle bronc round riding Lynx Mountain. LARRY WONG / EDMONTON JOURNAL

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Cody DeMoss from Watervalley, Alta., gets bucked off in the Saddle Bronc Riding contest on Friday at the 2015 Canadian Finals Rodeo at Rexall Place. Cort Scheer won Friday's saddle bronc round riding Lynx Mountain. LARRY WONG / EDMONTON JOURNAL

Bucking horse Lynx Mountain is a money maker for saddle bronc riders.

“That’s whipped cream with the cherry on top,” Nebraska saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer said about Lynx Mountain after winning Friday’s third round of the Canadian Finals Rodeo with a score of 87.5

“I was real excited to get her again,” said Scheer, who won a round with her at last year’s Canadian Finals too.

“That’s a good veteran bucking horse. She’s juicy, exciting and ready to rock and roll.

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“A lot of people in the States don’t see her. When we come to pick stock for the National Finals some guys don’t want to pick horses they haven’t seen. But I was like, ‘Trust me, this is one of the best bucking horses in the world,’” said Scheer, the 2013 Calgary Stampede winner who will go to the NFR for the fifth time next month.

“That’s an awesome feeling horse. One real cool pony.”

A good draw also was part of the story for bareback riders Clint Laye and Jake Vold on Friday.

Cadogan’s Laye won the bareback round with a score of 88 with Black Feathers while Airdrie’s Vold was half a point behind with an 87.5 on American Thumper.

Neither Laye nor Vold had been on their respective horses before. But they both knew what they had.

“I’ve seen that horse since I was 16,” said Laye, 21. “I wanted a shot at him for a long time and I finally got it.

“I knew that with his calibre you could win a go-round on him. I knew he would show up. I just had to do my part.

“Jake (Vold) was 88 on him this summer.”

Vold said he had seen American Thumper three times this summer.

“Everybody was 87 on him including Colin Adams who did it twice.

“He’s electric. He doesn’t go very far. He’s what you want — ones that stay in the air and kick hard.”

With the second-place finish that was worth $9,041, Vold extended his lead in the overall bareback standings to $21,974 over Utah’s Caleb Bennett.

Bennett, who had won the first two go-rounds, posted a healthy score of 85.75 but on this night, when five of the 12 bareback riders all finished with scores of 84 or better — it was only good enough for fourth money.

“That was a great pen of horses,” said Laye, who moved into third place over all. “Any time you are over 85 it’s a huge score.

“We were saying in the room that this year’s bareback competition is probably the best it’s ever been.

“There were a lot of big scores and there’s going to be more.”

While there are still three performances left, the way Vold is going it doesn’t look like anything or anybody can take him down; right about now Vold could probably ride a cyclone in a phone booth.

Thursday night saw Curtis Cassidy win the steer wrestling. Friday it was brother Cody’s turn after a run of 3.7 seconds.

“We’re always happy when one of us wins some money but I’d rather it be me,” laughed Cody, who moved into first place in the steer wrestling standings.

“You always want to come here and win money. It’s a long road through the summer and not very lucrative. Nobody is getting rich in the summer. This is where you go to get your money.”

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Friday’s third-round results of the Canadian Finals Rodeo

Bareback Riding

Clint Laye, Cadogan, 88 points

Steer Wrestling

Cody Cassidy, Donalda, Alta., 3.7 seconds.

Team Roping

Clayton Hansen, Pendleton, Ore., and Rocky Dallyn, Nanton, Alta., 5.4 seconds

Saddle Bronc Riding

Cort Sheer, Elsmere, Neb., 87.25 points

Tie-down Roping

Logan Hofer, Magrath, Alta., 7.7 seconds.

Ladies Barrel Racing

Deb Guelly, Okotoks, Alta., 14.673 seconds

Bull Riding

Zane Lambert, Ponoka, Alta., 86.25 points