Canadian bull rider wins $50,000 PBR money

It's been two years since the North Country last claimed rights to a Professional Bull Riders' Bud Light Cup Series title, but Saturday night Reuben Geleynse of Lacombe, Alberta, changed that by winning the PBR's Nampa Bud Light Cup ...It's been two years since the North Country last claimed rights to a Professional Bull Riders' Bud Light Cup Series title, but Saturday night Reuben Geleynse of Lacombe, Alberta, changed that by winning the PBR's Nampa Bud Light Cup ...

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It’s been two years since the North Country last claimed rights to a Professional Bull Riders’ Bud Light Cup Series title, but Saturday night Reuben Geleynse of Lacombe, Alberta, changed that by winning the PBR’s Nampa Bud Light Cup title and a $49,358 paycheck. The Nampa event was the 18th stop on the PBR’s 29-city Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.

Geleynse, 23, was an alternate competitor in Nampa and was filling in for the injured Ty Murray, last year’s winner of the Nampa event title. Geleynse’s three-round total of 261.5 points clinched him the event title. He also earned the $25,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus prize. The bonus is reserved for the rider who enters the 15-man Built Ford Tough Championship Round in the lead and maintains that lead by winning the overall event title.

The Nampa event was only Geleynse’s eighth Bud Light Cup event of his PBR career, but the win undoubtedly secures him a spot among the PBR’s top 45 riders throughout the remainder of the 2002 season.

"I found out Wednesday that I got to come here (to Nampa) and compete and was just excited to be able to come and hopefully earn enough points and money to stay on the (Bud Light Cup Series) after the next cut," said Geleynse. "This is so exciting. I give my praise to God. Only He knows how much my wife, Karina, and I need this money. It’s a blessing to win one of these events."

Geleynse is one of a trio of Canadian bull riders that has been part of the 2002 Bud Light Cup Series. PBR veteran B.J. Kramps and Bud Light Cup newcomer Kelly Armstrong, both from Alberta, also have represented Canada on PBR’s 2002 tour. Kramps was the last Canadian to win a Bud Light Cup Series event when he claimed the 2000 title in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"I feel really patriotic and proud to be one of only a few Canadians to represent our country on the PBR tour," said Geleynse. "There are only three of us on the tour right now. It’s great to be able to travel together whenever we can and to have one us finally win one of these events (Bud Light Cups)."

Geleynse was one of four men to ride each of his three bulls in Nampa. In the Built Ford Tough Championship Round he rode Shellenburg & Baird’s bull Scalp Hunter for 83 points. That score, added with his 93-point, round-winning ride on Ellie Skori’s bull Reckless in Round Two and his 85.5-point effort on Richard Vela’s bull Whiskey River in Round One allowed him to beat out Ross Coleman by 1.5 points. Coleman won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round with 91.5 points on Corey & Horst’s bull Lip Tricks and finished second overall with 260 points. The 2000 PBR Bud Light Cup world champion, Chris Shivers of Jonesville, La., finished third with 256.

Legendary bull rider Jim Sharp of Stephenville, Texas, is atop the current PBR qualifier standings with $229,311 and the current Bud Light Cup Points standings with 5,917.5 points. Behind Sharp in the Bud Light Cup Points standings is Coleman with 5,533.5 points and third-ranked Ednei Caminhas with 5,056.5.

Other notes:
A Warren Johnson bull known as Treat of the Week proved just that for Texas bull rider Brian Herman who won Round One Friday night at the Nampa Bud Light Cup. Herman scored 88.5 points to win the round and earn a shot at the Mossy Oak Shoot Out bull, Corey & Horst’s bull Sugar Bear. Herman was unsuccessful in the $25,000 bonus match-up, however, which means the Mossy Oak Shoot Out prize increases to $30,000 next Friday in Little Rock.