Merritt bull rider Ty Pozzobon kept up his busy schedule of rodeo events this past week with competitions both north and south of the border.

From Feb. 28 – Mar. 1, Pozzobon was in Texas taking part in the Rodeo Houston BP Super Series. Competing in Pool A, the Nicola Valley cowboy won both the first and third rounds with scores of 88 and 91. The latter was his top result so far this season.

“Yeah, 91 is my best ride this year, and the second highest ride of my career,” said Pozzobon when contacted on Tuesday of this week while resting up in Stephensville, Texas.

His combined score of 179 for three rounds put Pozzobon in first place in his pool and qualified him for the Houston rodeo semifinals, slated for next Thursday. Top prize for the event is $50,000.

“It’s been a pretty awesome experience, already,” he stated. “It’s one of the biggest rodeos in the world and it means a lot to have won two rounds. It would be pretty cool to win it all.”

Should Pozzobon make it to the Houston finals on Mar. 17, he’s hoping to avoid a conflict with another rodeo commitment he has. On the same day, he is scheduled to compete in Arizona at the Glendale Invitational. The Built Ford Tough Series event will bring together the top 40 bull riders in the world.

“Because I’m 13th right now in the BFTS, and because of television coverage and everything, they want me there,” explained Pozzobon. “I don’t think they want me missing any of the events. If the conflict doesn’t get resolved, I’ll just have to be satisfied with the round money from Houston. It is what it is, and I’ll accept whatever happens.”

Following his success in the prelims at the Houston Super Series, Pozzobon hopped on a plane and flew to Lethbridge, Alberta for a PBR Canada competition on Friday. He managed to tie for second with an 87-point ride on Lost Wages. What made the result special was that the Merritt cowboy is part owner of the very bull that he rode.

“Me and a stock contracting company from Alberta, called Wild Hogs, bought this bull together last May down in Fort Worth, Texas. When we bought him, he was just a three-year-old competing in the amateurs and bucking a lot of guys off. Now he’s in the PBR ranks.”

Wild Hogs Bucking Bulls, along with Smithbilt Hats and Wrangler are Pozzobon’s three major sponsors at this particular point in his career.

Pozzobon and his traveling buddy, Aaron Roy, hightailed it out of Lethbridge Friday night and barely made it to their next rodeo destination – Arlington, Texas.

“Our flight out of Calgary was going to be delayed. Luckily, we got pushed to another airline and got to the rodeo just in time.”

Competing in the Dickies Iron Cowboy III at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington was “a truly amazing experience” declared Pozzobon. “It was one of the largest venues that I’ve ever ridden in.”

The former Merritt Secondary School student didn’t allow the impressive surroundings overwhelm him however, as he won his first two rounds of head-to-head competition before bowing out in the quarterfinals. His event average of 178 was still good enough to place him sixth overall and bring him another $1,000 payday.

After eight events on the Built Ford Tough tour, Pozzobon remains in 13th place overall, with 1,690 points and more than $18,600 in earnings so far this season.

Up next for the rising rodeo star is the second PBR sponsored ‘Last Cowboy Standing’ event of the year, at 80,000-seat Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. It is the home of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions.

Pozzobon is looking forward to the relatively restful weekend of only one rodeo commitment.

“It’ll be nice. I’ll be able to get a good rest. I was pretty tired out after last week.”