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Tyler Pearson wins $9,983 at Edmonton

by Matt Naber | Jul 22, 2018

EDMONTON, Alberta – Steer wrestler Tyler Pearson is on track to return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in hopes of winning his second consecutive world title after winning the K-Days Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta.

“It secures everything and takes a little bit of pressure off,” Pearson said. “It’s hard to win anywhere, no matter if it’s with $10,000 or $30,000 added, so to get first (place) was unreal.” 

The 2017 steer wrestling world champion was already leading the 2018 PRCA | RAM World Standings by about $9,000 before winning nearly $10,000 with a 3.1-second run at the K-Days Rodeo. 

“I don’t look at the standings much because it puts more pressure on me, but I had an idea of it,” Pearson said.

Click here for complete results from the K-Days Rodeo.

The best was saved for last at Edmonton as the Mississippi cowboy was among the final group to compete in the one-header on July 22.

“I love that rodeo,” Pearson said. “It’s only the second year they had it, and it’s a good one – one of the best.” 

Pearson tied for fourth at the 2017 K-Days Rodeo and won $5,823 with a 4.0-second run. This year, he shaved his time by nearly a full second and doubled his prize money. 

Pearson, 33, credited his 2018 K-Days Rodeo success to drawing a good steer and having solid horsepower courtesy of his 12-year-old American Quarter Horse, Bobby, and his hazer, Scott Guenthner, who was riding a horse owned by fellow bulldogger Tanner Milan. 

“They did an outstanding job,” Pearson said, noting that Milan kept Bobby at his place in Calgary, Alberta, so that he could be ridden at the K-Days Rodeo. 

Pearson’s run was a half-second faster than any of the other bulldoggers at K-Days, besting Kody Dollery, Cody Cassidy and Clayton Moore, who tied for second place with 3.6 seconds each.

“It was a heck of a perf with seven runs at 3 seconds, so you pull for your buddies and you want to be that much faster," Pearson said. "Iron sharpens iron, and you want to be just as sharp.” 

Staying sharp paid off to the tune of $9,983. 

“It helps a lot,” Pearson said. “Our expenses are so much, and our fees are high, fuel is high, and food is high, and we have to do it all ourselves. I have my family here, too, and they help get the horses down the road but it’s expensive, so to get a win like that is really good.

“It’s a long year, but it’s a big help. With the money in December (at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) it doesn’t matter what you win in the year, to get there is a huge accomplishment.” 

Now that Pearson knocked Edmonton off his list of rodeos to win, he’s hoping to score his first win at Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. Meanwhile, his wife, Carissa, and their son, Stetson, 5, and daughter, Steelie, 2, are driving horses down from Nampa, Idaho, to Ogden, Utah. 

“I want them to know it means the world to me,” Pearson said. 

Other winners at the $400,000 rodeo were bareback riders Richmond Champion and Shane O’Connell (86.75 points each); team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira (4.2 seconds); saddle bronc rider Clay Elliott (87 points); tie-down ropers Trevor Brazile and Rhen Richard (7.3 seconds each); barrel racer Nikki Hansen (13.664 seconds); and bull riders Scott Schiffner and Brock Radford (87 points each). 

For more coverage of the K-Days Rodeo, check out the July 27 issue of ProRodeo Sports News. 

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