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Another top finish for Jake

First place showing for Gardner in bulls at Williams Lake Stampede
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Fort St. John's Jake Gardner on his second-place ride during the 2022 Spring Breakup rodeo in Dawson Creek | Apr. 23, 2022

Bull rider Jake Gardner is having some success in the ring this year.

His latest win: this past weekend at the Williams Lake Stampede, a 90.5 ride worth $3800 and change.

Following successful Canadian finishes earlier in the year in Grande Prairie and Red Deer, Gardner now sits in sixth place among bull riders on the Canadian Professional Rodeo (CPRA) standings with earnings of $9391.92

“I wouldn't say it's where I want it to be, but it's getting there,” Gardner told the Alaska Highway News.

“There's always room for improvement, but it's been good to have a full rodeo season in Canada and take advantage of it.”

After finishing runner-up at the Spring Breakup Indoor Rodeo in Dawson Creek in April, Gardner took home just over $3000 for a first-place showing at Grande Prairie's Stompede in late May.

However, for the 26-year-old, it's always about striving to be better.

“It's been going pretty good. I'm grateful for it. It's never enough. I want them all. I'm going to try and keep being consistent.”

As hard as he is on himself, though, Gardner believes he has improved since before the pandemic.

“The past few years, I've worked really hard while we were dealing with Covid, and I think it's paying off now.”

Besides some top and near-top finishes in Canada, Gardner is having equal success south of the border.

Currently in 28th in the U.S. Professional Rodeo standings, he's netted $22,293 and is on pace to beat last year's total of $29,141.

But like any cowboy, Gardner always looks forward to coming home and performing in front of family, friends, and his biggest fans.

“Tell everyone back in the Peace Country to get their campers and tickets ready for Dawson Creek week,” promoting the fact he'll be at this year's outdoor Exhibition in August.

“It's gonna be a good rodeo. Rain or shine."

"And, bring your rain jackets,” he jokes.

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