Shields bares his best for top ride

ERIC FRANCIS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Standing onstage with the cheque rewarding him for his third consecutive Stampede title yesterday, Davey Shields Jr. smiled when asked about last year's $100,000 payoff in the bareback event.

"Last year, I wanted to buy a motorcycle with it, and my wife said 'No, we're going to invest it,' " chuckled the Bashaw, Alta., cowboy before being asked about this year's wish list.

"Same thing. I'm working on it."

Due to give birth to their second child in one week's time, wife Sonya insisted there are still plenty of toys to pay off before he'll get his beloved Harley. Amongst them is the boat named after Grated Coconut since he rode the world-renowned horse to a world record 95 at the Stampede in 2005.

"I said last year I'd get my Harley and name it Coconut Roll, but I never got my Harley ... yet,' " said Shields, who bought his wife a new kitchen with his championship winnings from the 1996 Stampede.

"I already have a dog named Coconut."

So in light of the fact the 5-ft.-10, 175-lb. Hanna native yesterday tamed an 1,100-lb. bay gelding named Alley Ways for another $100,000, is there any chance the boy he's about to be blessed with will bear a similar name?

"I'm not going to name him Alley," said Shields, needing no approval from his wife for that move.

"We've got a ton of beer on ice, and we're going to party like rock stars."

A former Guy Weadick Award winner who is popular with his colleagues, rodeo fans and golf shops, the 31-year-old rancher has now cashed a quarter-million dollars on his last three winning Stampede rides alone.

"I don't think I've ever won three rodeos in a row, let alone the Calgary Stampede," said Shields Jr.

"They keep adding more money, and I keep winning more -- they should have this rodeo once a month."

Gaining entrance to the final four earlier in the afternoon with an 86 on Hurricane Terry, Shields drew the four-time Canadian champ Alley Ways and knew a ride was on.

"He's a little horse, but he bucks like a big horse," said Shields, who had faced the Kesler product a handful of times previously.

"He was the next hardest one to ride beside Grated Coconut. He's been phenomenal all year. I knew I'd have to bare down."

Having seen Jason Havens pick up an 86 and Dusty LaValley score an 83, it all came down to Grated Coconut who was being challenged by good pal Cimmaron Gerke.

Gerke was bucked off and the motorcycle money was Shields'.

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BAREBACK LEADERS

SHOWDOWN WINNERS

1. Davey Shields $100,000

2. Jason Havens $25,000

3. Dusty LaValley $15,000

4. C. Gerke $10,000


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