Ponoka cowboy takes no bull at Stampede

RICHARD MACKENZIE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

PONOKA -- Local cowboy Tyler Pankewitz's performance in the professional bull riding competition highlighted Day 2 rodeo action at the 73rd Annual Ponoka Stampede.

Pankewitz moved into a tie with Black Diamond's Tyler Thomson, each with a score of 84, in the event.

In other rodeo action, Wyoming's Jason Miller continues to lead the steer wrestling competition, followed by another American cowboy, Jonathan Ragatz, from Wisconsin.

Halkirk's Norman Breen, in sixth spot, is the top Albertan in the field after two days of competition.

In bareback riding, Oregon's Bobby Mote and Colorado's Tim Shirley sit one-two respectively with Heath Wallace, of Bashaw, the top Albertan in fifth spot.

Wallace finished first on the day.

B.C. cowboy Delano Kjos, of Fort St. John, sits on top of the saddle bronc event followed closely by Albertans Clay Creasy, of Brownfield, and Justin Berg of Marwayne.

The top of the team roping event standing sees three Montana cowboys holding down spots.

Shane Schwenke and partner Mike Beers, from Oregon, sit No. 1 followed by Cleve Fuller and John Robertson.

The Alberta team of Matt Fawcett, from nearby Stettler, and Levi Simpson of Claresholm, are in third place. The duo posted the best result on Day 2 to close the gap.

Oklahoma cowboys Hunter Herrin and Blair Burk are one-two in calf roping and Erskine's Murray Pole is in third spot.

World champion Lindsay Sears, of Nanton, continues to lead the ladies barrel racing event despite breaking her leg last weekend.

But it was Saskatoon's Lauren Chad who posted the best time on the day, which helped her move into fourth spot in the standings.

Obrey's on fire

Obrey Motowylo is the hottest driver on the WPCA Dodge Pro Tour.

Motowylo (H & E Oilfield Services) posted his third day-money run over the past half-dozen nights of racing last night to kick off the Ponoka Stampede.

The Bluffton, Alta., driver came off Barrel 2 and roared around the track in 1:13.40.

Rae Croteau Jr. (Max Oilfield Services Ltd.) took second spot with a 1:13.82, followed by Jason Glass (Western Financial Group; 1:14.13).

Injury replacements

With three-time Calgary Stampede bareback champion Davey Shields Jr. out with a broken leg, the Stampede added Kevin Taylor (Swift Current, Sask.) to the Pool A lineup.

Sean Willingham is in for Cochrane bullrider Jody Turner, who broke his arm last weekend.

Also, Jake Marshall will take the spot of injured bareback rider Chris Harris.


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