Merritt professional bull rider Ty Pozzobon picked up his second win on the 2016 ERA Premier Tour on the weekend, riding a bull called Redneck to a score of 84 points in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Back in April, Pozzobon was also a winner in Nampa, Idaho, scoring 82.5 on a bull named Wolverine.

Pozzobon’s most recent win raises his points total points to 787.5, good for fifth place in the ERA standings,. The current leader is Chandler Downds from Lubbock, Texas with 1,025 points.

Pozzobon returned to action this spring, six months after severely breaking his leg at the beginning of September at a rodeo in Washington State.

“When I first started back in February, the leg bothered me quite a bit,” Pozzobon said. “It probably wasn’t fully ready. Now, it’s almost 100 per cent. It still aches a little bit now and then, but [doctors] have told me that may never go away.”

The Nicola Valley cowboy was pleased with his winning ride in Albuquerque.

“[Redneck’s] a PBR (Professional Bull Riders) bull, so I knew I was getting on something good.”

While Pozzobon has committed himself to the new ERA rodeo circuit (and has even bought shares as an investment), he is continuing to compete on the PBR’s Touring Pro Division on both sides of the border.

“[The ERA] is going to be a good thing in the long run. I’d be foolish to not be part of it. At the same time, the opportunity is there to go after PBR Canada.”

With no ERA events scheduled until mid-July, Pozzobon is teaming up with good friend and two-time Ty Invitational champion Chase Outlaw to catch some rodeos in Canada over the next few weeks.

Outlaw was also a winner in Cloverdale on the weekend, riding Shot of Whiskey to a score of 89 in Monday’s final. Ironically, Shot of Whiskey is co-owned by Pozzobon.

“That bull bucked Chase off on Saturday. I was giving him a tough time about that. Then he drew the same bull for Monday and won on him.”