Aussie Cody Waterton makes a dramatic dismount after his winning ride at the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-rama at the Cominco Arena Saturday.

Aussie Cody Waterton makes a dramatic dismount after his winning ride at the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-rama at the Cominco Arena Saturday.

Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-rama delivers plenty of spills and thrills

An enthusiastic crowd of 1,100 bull-riding fans enjoyed the 12th edition of Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-rama Saturday.

After 30 riders bucked and battled there respective Brahmas, a total of 10 riders would make it to the short go of the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-rama at the Cominco Arena Saturday.

Led by the likes of veteran riders Steven Turner, Tyler Thomson, and Devon Mezei, it was a 20-year-old rookie from Australia that would prevail on this day.

Mezei stumbled in the short go, but Thomson had a wild ride, with an 86.5 putting him momentarily in the lead. But Turner was determined to improve on his runner-up finish in last year’s event, as he hung on for the full eight, scoring an impressive 87.5 to take the lead. It all came down to the last rider and the final bull.

Corey Waterson showed he was no slouch winning the long go with an 85.5, and after Turner’s ride, the Aussie needed a good score to overtake the Cochrane native.

He did just that posting an impressive 85.5 to win the Bull-a-Rama championship.

See Tuesday’s Trail Times for more on the Kootenay Chrysler Bull-a-rama.