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Gardner second at stampede

Quick stop at Dawson Creek Stampede for Fort St. John bull rider

Sunday was another opportunity for bull rider Jacob Gardner to perform in front of family and friends.

And, the 26-year-old from Fort St. John didn’t disappoint scoring an 86 on the third and final day of rodeo competition at the Dawson Creek Stampede on Aug. 14.

“I was a little bit nervous being the last guy and I got a lot of people watching me. I kept calm. I wanted to give the crowd a show.”

Gardner drew Tickety Boo, a bull with very little kick but a quick, rotating motion right out of the gate.

“That bull really likes to spin close to the chutes,” he admitted. “He whirls it up at 100 miles an hour. He’s a really good one for a guy to ride.”

Gardner, who competes this week south of the line, tied Jared Parsonage of Maple Creek, Sask., who also scored an 86; both won $2504.29 for their efforts.

Jordan Hansen of Amisk, Alta., took the top prize for his 88 and a pay cheque of just over $3400.

Dawson Rodeo money winners

There were a number of top money finishes for B.C. Peace cowboys at this year's edition of the Dawson Creek Stampede.

  • Jake Gardner from Fort St. John tied Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Sask.) for second in bull riding with his 86; both earning $2504.29.

  • Charlie Lake’s Tyrel Roberts tied for second with Ben Andersen (Eckville, Alta.) in the saddle bronc event with a score of 87-point-5. Each took home $2466.75. Roberts was the top finisher in the novice saddle bronc, as well, riding to a 77, good for $659.60.

  • 17-year-old Chase Siemens from Chetwynd caught the eye of judges with his 85.5 ride in the novice bareback earning him first place and $628.56.

  • Fort St. John’s Stephen Culling wound up in the 10th in steer wrestling with his time of 4.9 seconds. His prize money was $459.60.

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