TY POZZOBON ORDERED TO COMPETE IN GLENDALE & GIVE UP CHANCE AT $50,000 HOUSTON RODEO FINALS

READ THIS AND TELL ME YOU DON’T THINK THE RIDERS NEED A UNION:

CANADIAN BULL RIDER DISAPPOINTED

By Dwayne Erickson, Calgary Herald

Ty Pozzobon had a free pass to Saturday’s championship round of the bull riding at the $2-million Houston Rodeo and a shot at a $50,000 payday.

But the 2010 Canadian rodeo rookie of the year, from Merritt, B.C., was told he couldn’t be there. The Professional Bull Riders outfit, which sanctions Houston, told Pozzobon he had to compete at its Ford Series event at Glendale, Ariz., that night. As a result, he was forced to turn out of the Houston semifinals Thursday night.

“I’m disappointed,” he said. “In fact, I’m sick to my stomach.”

Even if Pozzobon didn’t ride his bull Thursday, he still would have advanced to the final-day showdown for the big money. The top four scores in each of the two semifinals advance. But only two guys rode their bulls. The other two spots went to the leading money winners from the rodeo’s five opening elimination series.

Pozzobon would have been one of those; he won $7,500, more money than any other semifinal qualifier.

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8 Responses to TY POZZOBON ORDERED TO COMPETE IN GLENDALE & GIVE UP CHANCE AT $50,000 HOUSTON RODEO FINALS

  1. S. says:

    I know that the PBR makes the guys sign a contract saying that the PBR comes first and they can be made to attend an event, but man, it’s not like if Ty Pozzoban weren’t at one BFTS event, the whole show would come crashing down– obviously they don’t want the top tier guys to hop in and out all the time, but this just seems unnecessarily cruel. Especially since the event he wanted to attend was PBR-sanctioned? What a load of you know what.

    I would suspect that they made Pozzobon attend because he’s in the top 15– Shane Proctor, not having been at many events since his injury, is down in the 40s in the ranking. So while Proctor’s in the BFTS on injury exemptions, I don’t think the PBR can demand he attend an event, since he’s not currently an “on tour” BFTS rider ranked in the top 25 (35? Whatever number it is today).

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    • I think if Ty was willing to forgo Glendale for Houston, the PBR could’ve called in an alternate– it’s been happening more frequently lately; why not this time? Were They worried that if he won the $50,000 he’d push somebody else further down in the rankings? Or was it that the next alternate in line was from Brazil, and what if he was another Marco Eguche? Whatever– it was a punitive call, in my book, especially since Houston was a PBR-sanctioned event!

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  2. PBR fan says:

    Bull riding
    1. Beau Schroeder, China, 84.5; 2. (tie) Cody Teel, Kountze, 0; 2 (tie) Cody Rostockyj, Hillsboro, 0; 2. (tie) Trey Benton, Rock Island, 0. Now that we have a winner from China, the PBR will be there soon!

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  3. PBR fan says:

    I now see that Shane Proctor was at Houston instead of the PBR. Why Shane and not Ty?

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    • Can you say f-a-v-o-r-i-t–i-s-m? If Shane took the $50,000, he’d move up in the BFTS standings. They want him back in the race, and apparently they’re willing to play dirty to make that happen. This is why the riders need a union. Aren’t they allowed to make any career decisions of their own?

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  4. PBR fan says:

    Like the old saying says…….when you sell your soul to the devil…..PBR really does not care about the cowboys. How did Shane Proctor get to complete in so many other events?

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