Thursday was an outstanding day in Vegas for Cliff Richardson, who moved into third place in the 2019 PBR World Finals aggregate.
We also saw a Futurity World Champion crowned and the penultimate round of the Bucking Bull of the Year race.
Check out The PBR Rundown for all the Australian timings.
2019 PBR World Finals – Round 2 Review
Cliff Richardson was the first to nod in Round 2, and he immediately went to work on one of the rankest bulls in the pen. Cochise (Jane Clark / Gene Owen) had previously only been covered by one right-handed rider, but Richardson made it look easy away from his hand, marked 89.5 points. That score was good enough to finish the round in fourth place, and he has moved up to No. 32 in the World Standings. The finish also secured Richardson a high pick in the Round 3 draft.
Brady Fielder battled with High Chaparral (Bierema Rodeo) for 4.89 seconds with the bull looking left, before straightening out and then choosing the left again. The move was enough to unseat Fielder, and 42 points was the score awarded to the bull.
Arizona’s Cody Jesus took maximum points from the round after he posted a 92-point ride aboard Lil 2 Train (Jane Clark / Gene Owen).
Jess Lockwood also went 90+ aboard Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno / Dallas Schott) and made significant gains in the race for the World Championship. Lockwood received 91.5 points to finish second.
Cody Teel rode SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H / Buck Cattle) for 91-points to finish third in the round. Teel also leads the aggregate on 179.25 points.
The two highest bull scores of the night went to Heartbreak Kid (D&H / Buck Cattle / Erwin Cattle) who was marked 46.5 points and Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo / Rosen / Struve / Berger) who received 46.25 points.
2019 PBR World Finals – Round 3 Preview
Round 3 was a draft round, so they should ride a bunch of bulls tonight.
Brady Fielder will be the first Aussie out, and he will ride at the back end of Section 1. He will face South Texas Gangster (Dakota Rodeo / Struve / Berger) who boasts a 72.5% buck off percentage. His record against right-handed riders is 22 and 8. He looks right as he leaves the gate with pace and that generates some drift before settling into a left-handed spin at a good tempo.
Finning Lil Shorty (Flying Four Bucking Bulls) looks an excellent pickup for Cliff Richardson. The pair will lead off Section 2. This bull has only bucked off 33% of the right-handers, and the top riders cover him almost 80% of the time. He usually takes a few steady jumps to clear the chute and then settles into a right-handed spin at a great rhythm. He can look to the left on the odd occasion, but he always goes back to the right.
Lawson Nobbs has been called in as an alternate rider to replace Joe Frost who has been ruled out with a broken leg. Nobbs will face Marquis Metal Works Gangster’s Wildside (Paradigm Bull Company / Marquis Metal Works / Lockwood). This bull has only been out twice on the UTB this season and has been ridden by Leme and Davis for high 80-point scores. He should be around to the left and can buck with a jerky action.
ABBI Finals Results
Yesterday, Round 2 completed the ABBI Futurity Finals, and Cherry Bomb (Flinn / D&H Cattle) was crowned the world champion. The son of Show Kitty was marked 92.6 and 93.4 in his two performances.
Coming Up Today
This morning in the arena, we will see Part 1 of the ABBI Yearlings division.
Matt West Charity Cornhole Tournament will go down in the fan zone, as will Flint Rasmussen “Outside the Barrel”.
Round 3 of both the 2019 Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riders World Finals and the 2019 Shorty Gorham’s American Freestyle Bull Fighting World Finals will also go down in the arena.
Coming Up Tomorrow
On Saturday we will wrap up the ABBI Yearling division and the PBR Riders will all converge on the Fan Zone for a Meet and Greet with fans.