Plenty o' horns

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

CALGARY -- The bulls got the best of the cowboys.

Only two of the first eight riders managed to stick out the full eight seconds on the backs of a nasty field of beasts.

With little to lose sitting second to Matt Bohon after the first go-round yesterday, Brendon Clark opted to take his re-ride.

He became the ninth victim, getting bucked off in 7.72 seconds.

As the last man standing, Bohon claimed $10,000 in day money - all five pay slots.

'A TOUGH DAY'

"It was a tough day," said the Cole Camp, Mo., cowboy. "It was strange with the guys that are up here. I figured this pool, out of the two pools, was going to be the toughest one.

"It still may be that way over the next three days."

First out of the chutes, Bohon rode Payback to a 79.

Strathmore's Scott Schiffner was out next, but was hurled by Girletz' Weight A Minute in just 3.98 seconds.

"He was just that much better than me today. He really bucked," said Schiffner, who hasn't seen many days like yesterday in his pro career.

They do happen, though.

"I remember one year in the Canadian Finals, me and Rob Bell were the only guys to stay on out of 10," said Schiffner. "One other time. Chris Hansen, the year he won Canada, he was the only guy to stay on one round up there, too. It's pretty rare."

The biggest disaster Schiffner remembers was in 1997, when all 15 guys were bucked off in a round.

He says yesterday's misfortune will not be repeated.

"I think what it'll do is make everybody that much madder and hungrier, and that won't happen tomorrow," said Schiffner.

Bohon figures the same, although he's not in need of any added motivation.

"I think it sets me up great. I've got all the momentum right now," he said of his sweep.

"Them other guys, they're great bullriders, they'll come back strong, but I've got a little cash in my pocket now so the weight's lifted off my shoulders. I can come out here and just roll on and have fun with it."

Only $5,000 of Bohon's $10,000 payout counts toward the aggregate after the four days of Pool A action. The top four cowboys get a berth into Championship Sunday.

Still, the others have some catching up to do, and Schiffner has seen firsthand how tough the bulls can be in Calgary.

"Calgary's done a great job in the last few years to really up their bullpen," he said.

"A couple years ago, we talked about how the horses overshadowed the bulls. Well now they've done it and the bulls keep right up with the horses."

NO EXCUSES

That said, Schiffner won't use the bulls as an excuse.

"It was a terrible day for bullriders. The group of guys that are here, we should ride those bulls - every one of them - no matter which guy had which one, and it didn't happen," he said.

"That's how we should all ride everyday, how Matt did today, and we didn't."


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