The Hinton, Alta. native had the top score on Thursday with a 17.48 to jump over Callie duPerier of the United States for top spot in the competition with one more performance to go.
American Sherri Cervi had the next best score of the day (17.67) while duPerier came third (17.83). DuPerier sits second overall while Lisa Lockhart of the U.S. is in third.
Zeke Thurston of Big Valley, Alta. scored 84.50 in the saddle bronc, which was the fourth highest score of the day. He sits third in the overall standings behind Americans Jake Wright and Taos Muncy.
Orin Larsen, from Inglis, Man., scored an 84.00 in the bareback competition, dropping him to second in the overall standings behind American Kaycee Feild. Feild had the top score of the day at 89.50.
Americans Stetson Lawrence and Sage Kimzey sit in a tie for first in bull riding after Lawrence pulled off the day's top score of 89.00. Kimzey was second with an 85.50.
Morgan Grant of Granton, Ont. is seventh overall in tie-down roping after posting the day's third highest score of 7.4. American Fred Whitfield leads through seven performances.
Cody Cassidy, from Donalda, Alta, placed first in steer wrestling with a 4.0 — moving him into fifth spot in the overall standings. Trevor Knowles from the United States is the current leader.