After all of the hard work and dedication, two young Bezanson brothers, Tyson Fells and Rylan Fells, have qualified for the Canadian Finals. Rylan finished the series second out of 20 while Tyson finished third out of 34 kids. This will be taking place from September 14 – 15 in Stettler, Alberta. If these two place in the Canadian Finals, they will be off to Vegas in December for Nationals.

What is Mini Bareback Riding?

Mini Bareback Riding is when the child gets on a miniature pony and has to ride it for 6 seconds after the gate opens. It is almost exactly like bareback riding, but instead, it is on miniature ponies. Each ride is scored on how well they ride, and in the end, all of the scores get tallied up and the top scorers will qualify to go to the Canadian Finals. In this case, both of these young boys have qualified!

Meet the Boys

Tyson Fells

 Tyson has been riding for one year and he says that he, “worked hard, practiced, went to clinics and took advice from other riders and mentors,” in order to get to where he’s gotten to today. Tyson finished third out of the 34 kids in his age category and he is, “pretty excited and nervous but proud of myself. AS for Vegas, if we make it I would feel very, very nervous.” He says, “I would like to thank Denver, Scott and Lisa from Big D Mini Buckers and everyone who helps them out. Also, would like to thank Dusty LaValley for teaching us, Mom and Dad for everything they have done for us, grandparents, family members, our sponsors and all of my rodeo friends!”

“Tyson is a young, motivated 10-year-old boy who is riding in the junior division. He got on his first pony last year and has been in love with the sport ever since. He has placed many seconds and thirds, but just recently earned a first-place spot; he has also won a hat band, spur straps a plaque and cash prizes. You will always find Tyson helping the younger children by giving them riding advice or helping them put on their rigging. He has attended a couple Mini Bareback Schools learning from some of the best riders in the rodeo sport. Currently, Tyson is in 3rd place out of 24 children; and has participated in about 17 rodeos. He is following the Big D Mini Buckers Series circuit.”

-Shyla Fells

 

Rylan Fells

Rylan started his Mini Bareback Riding career this year and has started off with lots of success! He finished the series second out of 20 kids and is, “Really excited for Canada Finals,” and “for Vegas, if we make it, very nervous. I’ve never rode those kinds of ponies before, so like really, really nervous. And if we make it to Vegas, I finally get to ride on a plane!” He says, “I would like to thank the same people as Tyson but would like to add the bull fighters, announcers, judges and a bunch of other people!”

“Rylan is an active 7-year-old boy and he is riding in the Peewee division. Following in his big brothers’ footsteps Rylan began bareback riding as well in 2018 and also has a passion for the sport. Rylan has also been successful in the sport and placed both first and second places a couple of times. Rylan also attended Mini Bareback School and is following the Big D Mini Buckers Series Circuit. Currently, Rylan is 4th out of 16 children in his division and has participated in 9 rodeos. When Rylan is not thinking of ponies he is thinking of fishing.”

-Shyla Fells

We wish these boys the best of luck in their Mini Bareback Riding careers, in the Canada Finals, and in Nationals! Stay tuned for the progress from these two stars!

Written by Ally Pilgrim