Kickin' it up

SCOTT FISHER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

Jody Turner is making up for lost time.

Due to knee surgery, the Cochrane bullrider got a late start to the season. He covered his second consecutive bull on Day 2 of the Calgary Stampede and jumped to the head of the class in the Pool A standings.

"I just started riding at Innisfail so I've been pecking away every weekend and starting to get some confidence.

"Hopefully it keeps rolling now that I have two down here."

The 2003 Canadian champion picked up fourth-place money on Day 1 before splitting yesterday's round.

He spurred out an 88.5 on Calgary's River Rat, matching Sean Willingham (Summerville, GA) score aboard Big Stone's Charlies No Angel.

"He's a sweet spinner but he got Tanner Girletz at Ponoka and my brother (Steven) earlier this year so he's got some tricks to him," Turner said.

"You have to keep riding him for the full ride or he can get you any time."

Willingham was fouled at the gate on his first bull and was handed a re-ride. Usually bullriders are given a few minutes to collect their thoughts before getting on a second animal.

But the re-ride bull was already loaded in the chute so Willingham jumped right back on.

Willingham, who qualified through the PBR circuit, doesn't have the advantage of knowing any of the Canadian bulls. But, like yesterday, sometimes that can be beneficial.

"I've never seen any of them," he said. "That first one, they told me he'd be a round winner but I got a re-ride.

"The second one, I didn't have a clue what he was going to do. I think maybe that helps you out when you don't know what the do, you don't set traps or anything like that."

Willingham said his first ride didn't take any wind out of his sails.

"We train pretty hard to stay in shape just in case something like that does happen," he said.

"I wasn't really winded, more just sweaty and excited to have the chance to get on another one.

The 26-year-old moved into third spot with yesterday's $4,000 cheque.

"I had a rough start yesterday so it feels great to come back today and win one," the 5-ft. 10, 140-pounder said.


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