The return to rodeo: Tanner Eno makes PBR debut in Lethbridge

Coronation, Alberta's Tanner Eno rides Nansen Vold's Whiskey Hand for 87.5 points during the championship round of the 2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Built Ford Tough Invitational in Lethbridge, Alta. on Thurs. July 23, 2020. Photo courtesy of Covy Moore/PBR Canada (File Photo)
Written by Terri Huxley

Coronation, Alberta’s Tanner Eno rides Nansen Vold’s Whiskey Hand for 87.5 points during the championship round of the 2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Built Ford Tough Invitational in Lethbridge, Alta. on Thurs. July 23. Photo courtesy of Covy Moore/PBR Canada

July 23 was an important day not only for the sport of rodeo but also Coronation cowboy Tanner Eno.

The 21-year-old made his first impression in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada events by joining the best for the return of professional sports in 2020 since the outbreak of COVID-19.

Lethbridge played host to the PBR Cooper Tires Invitational as well as PBR Built Ford Tough Invitational which were held on the same day to limit visitors from staying overnight.

Concussion testing and proper safety protocol like the constant wearing of masks was used as once any riders or associated personnel were inside, that was it until the evening event was over.

The only time anyone could take off the mask was when they were riding. Anyone who didn’t otherwise was fined. No crowds in the stands were allowed either.

“It’s almost like the NHL, it’s the bubble,” said Eno. “Fans or no fans, you’re still there to ride your bulls and that’s all you can do right? It was also cool on the other hand because it was like a really souped up practice because when you make good rides you could hear everybody hooping and hollering so that was cool where usually you don’t hear that because the crowd is so loud.”

For the first event in the early afternoon, Eno rode a bull named Muddy Water to make 83.5 points.

He split second/third with Dakota Buttar in the long round.

For the short go, he selected a bull named Swagger from the Volds where in his ride, he lasted four seconds before getting bucked off.

In the evening long-go, he rode Flying Four Bucking Bulls’  Finning Twitch in the short go where he stubbed his toe.

He said, “On