Rad­ford cel­e­brates birth­day with PBR win

Southwest Booster - - OPINION - STEVEN MAH SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Brock Rad­ford had a mem­o­rable birth­day Satur­day when he rode a pair of bulls to win the Red­head Equip­ment Cody Sny­der Swift Cur­rent PBR event.

“It’s al­ways good to get the win. Tonight I just cov­ered and did my part, cov­ered both my bulls, and let the chips fall where they may. It ended up work­ing out for me real good,” said the na­tive of Dewin­ton, AB.

Rad­ford rode Dirty Steve for 83 points in the Long Go.

“My first bull ride felt re­ally good… Right there he came left into my hand. He made me work for it. The bull was try­ing to get away from me the whole time. I had to have my out­side foot work­ing. He was a hard lit­tle bull to ride for an 83, so it was good.”

He was the only cow­boy to last eight sec­onds in the Short Go when he to­taled 78 points on Jersey City to win the event.

“I have never seen him be­fore, never heard of him be­fore. My buddy Jack­son Scott told me about him be­fore I got on. He just said he kicks the lights outta there, and is re­ally good and should come right. He did that, but threw a lit­tle au­di­ble at me and tried to give me some power and headed out. It cost me on the score, but in the end it was the only one rode in the short round so it worked,” said Rad­ford.

Satur­day marked his third trip to Swift Cur­rent for a Cody Sny­der PBR event.

“I love com­ing here. The fans are al­ways good. It is al­ways a good event, they al­ways sup­port it, show up. It is a great event and by far one of the best bull pens you will see all year. It is one of those deals where you bring the rank pen of bulls, some­times that will hap­pen where a lot of guys will buck off, but that’s just how Cody Sny­der likes it. He likes the best ver­sus the best and no other.”

Rad­ford had en­tered the event in 13th place in the PBR Canada stand­ings and should get a good bump from his vic­tory in Swift Cur­rent. He was fourth in the Cana­dian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion stand­ings. Rad­ford is also look­ing for­ward to tak­ing his shot at $100,000 at the Calgary Stam­pede this July.

Rad­ford col­lected $6,000 and 60 world points for his vic­tory. It was the per­fect way to cel­e­brate his 22nd birth­day.

“This is def­i­nitely a new feel­ing for me,” he said. “I never have won one on my birth­day be­fore. But hey that’s good karma, or what­ever it is, I like it and I will keep it rolling.”

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Tis­dale’s Justin Lloyd hung on for over eight sec­onds to earn 78 points on Big Rig at the Red­head Equip­ment 2017 Swift Cur­rent Cody Sny­der In­vi­ta­tional PBR event Satur­day.

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