PBR World Finals Round 3 Review
It was a disappointing night for the two Australian riders competing inside T-Mobile Arena at the 2018 PBR World Finals.
Nathan Burtenshaw was out in Section 1 against Vold Rodeo’s VJV Whiskey Hand.
The bull was around to the right as expected but Burtenshaw got a little bit ahead of the bull and tried to cut him off.
The ride ended with the 24-year-old down in the well at 3.46 seconds with the bull marked 42.25 points.
Lachlan Richardson faced off with Lightning Before Thunder.
Richardson looked to start the ride well with the bull turning back into his hand, but Lightning Before Thunder gradually gained the upper hand and had the seven-time World Finals qualifier in the dirt at 4.41 seconds.
The L.J. Jenkins bucker was marked 43.5.
Richardson slipped to 15th in the event aggregate and needs to get one more ride on the board to ensure he makes it back for Sunday’s Championship Round.
Head to my Instagram page to see replays of last nights rides.
Round 3 was taken out by Marco Eguchi and Derek Kolbaba who both produced 91-point rides.
Five riders remain perfect after three rounds of the 2018 PBR World Finals.
Eguchi (270.5) leads the way from Jose Vitor Leme (269.5), Eduardo Aparecido (263), Chase Outlaw (259) and Guilherme Marchi (256.75) in the event aggregate.
PBR World Finals Round 4 Preview
Tonight we will see riders take on a mixed pen of bulls. The Top 22 ABBI Classic bulls from Night 1 come back for their second and final round. The remaining draws are bulls similar to what we saw last night but have not bucked yet.
Nathan Burtenshaw v Painted Pudge (Culp Bucking Bulls)
This bull is very familiar to Aussie riders.
This will be a re-match from the Touring Pro event in Clovis back in 2016 where Burtenshaw put up 80.0 points.
We last saw this bull out at Santa Barbara in August where Lachlan Richardson recorded an 85-point ride. Cody Nance also put up 84.75 points earlier this year.
Painted Pudge is a big powerful bull who can take a few jumps to decide which way he will turn back. So it is important that Burtenshaw does not anticipate anything because the bull will take advantage.
Lachlan Richardson v Night Sweats (Hart Cattle Co/Plummer)
This is one of the Classic bulls returning from Wednesday night where he had Dakota Buttar down in 0.85 seconds.
He is always around to the left and likes to sidewind his way along the front of the chutes. Night Sweats has had a ton of outs in the last 12 months and after giving up three qualified rides early, has been unridden since February with buck-off times less than 4-seconds very common.
This bull will be wound right up so Richardson will have his work cut out to be there at the whistle.
You can tune into RidePass for Round 4 of the PBR World Finals from 1:30 pm AEST on Sunday to watch all the action from T-Mobile or you can head to my Live Updates page where I will once again be posting ride scores, pictures and videos.
ABBI Events and Other News
The two-year-old competition section of the ABBI World Finals is now over and Ridin Solo (Sara & Cord McCoy / Steve Best) did enough to maintain his lead in the Futurity with 91.80 points yesterday in Round 2 to total 181.20.
Credit: @Ride the Rage
Jess Lockwood took out Matt West’s ‘Rigged’ Charity Cornhole Competition for the second year running.