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Vold wins Ponoka Stampede again

PONOKA, Alberta – The hometown cowboy – bareback rider Jake Vold – couldn’t stop smiling the night of July 3.

The Ponoka, Alberta, native won the prestigious Ponoka Stampede for the second time in his career.

Vold’s latest victory came thanks to an 88.75-point ride on Wayne Vold’s Mucho Dinero in the four-man Showdown.

“It was all grins when I drew that horse (Mucho Dinero),” Vold said. “That’s a phenomenal horse and definitely one of my favorites to get on. That’s the third time I’ve had him. I had great luck on him before, and he probably had the best trip (July 3) that he’s ever had and things just worked out in my favor.”

Vold first won the Ponoka Stampede in 2013 with a 91.5-point ride on Calgary Stampede's Stampede Warrior. Vold, who now lives in Airdrie, Alberta, earned $17,579 for his latest triumphant.

“This win (July 3) at Ponoka was greatly needed,” said Vold, 30. “I really needed a big weekend and this sure helps. This is my hometown and this is my second win at Ponoka and it’s such a great feeling to win here. This is one of the best rodeos in the world and it’s underestimated, for sure. The committee here and the stock contractors are phenomenal. When you can win a rodeo like this, it’s a cool feeling.”

Vold was on top of his game in Ponoka. He finished second in the first round with an 86.5-point ride, and then won the finals with a 90.75-ride on C5 Rodeo’s F13 Virgil. With 177.25 points, he won the two-head average.

Before he entered the four-man Showdown, he had earned $10,079. His performance will clearly give him a jolt in the WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings. Vold was previously in the top 20 in the standings with $23,528.

“This win at Ponoka is going to help me immensely,” Vold said. “We are entered up the next six weeks and I’m really looking forward to see what I can do.”

A year ago, Vold finished a career-best second in the world standings with $240,161 and he won $165,340 at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER. He was victorious in Rounds 4, 5, and 6, and placed in seven rounds of the Wrangler NFR to tie for second place in the average in Las Vegas.

Other winners at the rodeo were steer wrestler Jason Thomas (4.3 seconds), team ropers Levi Simpson/Jeremy Buhler (6.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (87.75 points on Northcott-Macza’s Get Smart), tie-down roper Jason Schaefer (8.6 seconds), barrel racer Carman Pozzobon (17.626 seconds), and bull rider Garrett Smith (175.5 points on two head).

No bull rider posted a score in the four-man showdown so the winner was determined by the average winner, who was Smith.

For more coverage of the Ponoka Stampede, check out the July 21 issue of the ProRodeo Sports News.

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