Aussies Abroad – 14-Jan

The mid-week Denver PBR Chute Out at the National Western Stock Show is a three-day event. Two groups of riders will compete on the first two days of competition, semi-final style with the field trimmed to the top-30 for the final day of competition.

You can check out the event times in last week’s edition of The PBR Rundown.

Tuesday – PBR Velocity Tour – Denver, CO.

We will have two Aussie riders competing on Day 1 in Denver, and both Ky Hamilton and Lane Mellers will ride in Section 2.

Hamilton will make his first appearance at the Velocity Tour level and goes up against a bull from Tyler Farris Bucking Bulls that is making it’s PBR debut. The bull is named Guy Brother’s Cookies & Cream and will buck from the left delivery.

Mellers has drawn Juicy Fruit from Talbert Bucking Bulls. This bull has been ridden in around 40% of his PBR trips. We have seen him turn back both ways in the past, but I haven’t been able to track down any recent vision to find a pattern from the right delivery. The average ride scores are in the mid-80 point range.

Here is the Night 1 Daysheet.

Wednesday – PBR Velocity Tour – Denver, CO.

In the second lot of riders, we will see three Australians flying the flag. Brady Fielder will be out in Section 1, Lawson Nobbs in Section 2 and Aaron Kleier in Section 4.

Fielder‘s opponent will be Corn Star from Owens, Wyatt and Smith. We have not seen this bull buck since 2018 and in his six out career, he has been covered four times. Three of those mid-80 point rides belong to right-handers. His regular trip is to turn back to the right as the gate cracks. His timing is excellent.

Nobbs faces Burn It Down from L&E Bucking Bulls. This bull has been covered just twice in 27 PBR performances. He leaves the chutes with a couple of strong leaps, kicking hard before settling into a right-handed spin. We have seen him reverse to the left late, as he did when Eduardo Aparecido was 88.5 points back in 2017.

Kleier goes up against King Richard from Hart, Ogden, Davis and Samford. This bull has been out thirteen times in PBR competition. He has been covered on just one occasion, and that was by JB Mauney back in Tulsa in August 2018 for 85.75 points. This bull can turn in some really good trips.

Here is the Night 2 Daysheet.

Thursday – PBR Velocity Tour – Denver, CO.

Finals day in Denver features Round 2, which will be 30-riders deep followed by a 15-man Championship Round.

Lane Mellers is the highest-ranked Australian in thirteenth place with an 84-point score. Ky Hamilton sits twentieth on the aggregate leaderboard with 81.5 points with Lawson Nobbs in the next spot with 80-points.

Hamilton will ride towards the end of Section 1 and he faces a tough task against the unridden Big Kahuna from Bierema Rodeo. In his 21 trips in PBR competition, he has averaged a bull score of 42.6 points. Lately, we have seen plenty of riders make it past 7 seconds. He will be to the right from the gate, kicking high and whipping his back end around.

Mellers will be next out as we near the end of Section 3. Little Texas from Talbert Bucking Bulls will be his Round 2 draw and this bull has been covered four times from thirteen outs. His regular trip is around to the left, with some effort jumps at the start but then settles into his work with plenty of speed. Ride scores at the bulls best will be in the upper 80-point range.

Closing out the third section will be Nobbs aboard Holy Terror from L&E Bucking Bulls, who has allowed just one rider to make the whistle. This bull will turn back to the right, but he is far from smooth and likes to buck out of time, stall and throw his head around. From his previous eight PBR trips, we should expect ride scores in the mid to high 80’s.

Here is the daysheet for Finals day in Denver.

I will have a Mid-Week PBR Wrap-Up featuring all of the action from the Mile High City following the Championship Round on Thursday afternoon, plus the regular edition of Aussies Abroad will be up early on Friday.