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Torkelson scores 90 to earn huge Spring Break Up paycheque

Jesse Torkelson saved his best for last during Friday night's Spring Break Up bullriding event. The 88.5 the 26-year-old scored in the long go on a bull named George easily put him among the top seven riders who qualified for the short go.

Jesse Torkelson saved his best for last during Friday night's Spring Break Up bullriding event.

The 88.5 the 26-year-old scored in the long go on a bull named George easily put him among the top seven riders who qualified for the short go.

But close behind were Tyler Thompson with an 85.5 and Ty Elliott with an 85.5 after the long go, so in the very last ride of the night Torkelson knew he had to come up with a solid performance to win the average and short go. And that he did when he climbed on a little bull named Knick Knack before a screaming crowd at the EnCana Events Centre. He stuck for the full eight seconds of bucks and spins to earn a 90 and cap off a very profitable night.

"It (Knick Knack) was a good little bull. I saw him in the short go in Penticton a couple of times and he looked really good and he did what I imagined he would do," said Torkelson.

The Winfield, Alberta cowboy left town with close to $6,000 in his jeans including $1,740 for the long go, $400 for his short go win and $3,552 for the average.

The win was extra sweet as he has jumped off to an early lead in the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association standings and Friday night's performance will help him pad his overall earnings that stood at $3,108 before Friday's Dawson Creek show.

"The rodeo has been treating me really good right now. I am leading in Canada, so this will help my lead anyways," said Torkelson, who also won the Spring Break Up a couple of years ago.

Torkelson's 178.5 overall score was in front of Thompson with 174 (85.5 and 88.5) in second place and Elliott with a 172 (85.5 and 86.5) in third.