There will be a record four local bullriders competing for this year’s Bullriders Canada New Year’s Eve professional bullriding and dance at the North Thompson Agriplex in Barriere, B.C.
“We have bullriders from Paraguay to Grande Prairie entered for Dec. 31!” said Steven Puhallo, the event producer, “What we’re really excited about is we have the biggest number of local entries yet!”
“This shows you the strength of the sport and local fan base. These young men are made up of rookies and past champions!” said Puhallo, “There is so much mentoring that goes on in this sport. You’ll see bullriders get bucked off, then cheer like mad when their buddy makes a big ride.”
BC High School bullriding champion Gerald Loring is making his debut move into professional bullriding while still attending high school. The Barriere Secondary senior said, “This event has been a huge deal here in Barriere since it started. I can’t wait to compete in it and show the pros what I can do!”
The 2016, 2017 New Year’s Eve Champion, Jackson Scott from Kamloops, is returning to attempt the first ‘three-peat’ at this event. Scott had this to say after winning last year’s event, “The crowd gets more and more excited every year, the atmosphere, and the bulls, and everything just gets so much better. The money is better, the bull riders are better, the bulls are better. Everything about it is just absolutely amazing. …..I’ll never forget this even when I’m older, I’m gonna tell my kids that you know, New Year’s Eve, Bull Riders Canada that’s a bull riding a guy wants to go to and he wants to win.”
S&E Bulls stock contractor and arena director for the event Ed Lebourdais has this to say, “Pretty excited about the calibre of young riders coming out of this area. This is the result of everyone in the industry working together to make sure these young guns get the riding and safety training they need to compete long term in the sport.”
Local riders entered for the New Year’s Eve event are: Gerald Loring of Barriere, and Clyde Camille, Isaac Mack, and Jackson Scott of Kamloops.
This event is professionally sanctioned by Bullriders Canada. Bullriders Canada sanctions over 90 bullridings each year from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, and into Montana, USA.
For more information about this event go to: www.facebook.com/FarmKidsFund