The Aussies have been travelling plenty of miles over the past fortnight and there is no let-up for them this weekend with events on both sides of the USA. Once again we will have five Australian riders featured in PBR action.
Here is this week’s edition of The PBR Rundown.
Sunday – PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Manchester, NH.
Aaron Kleier and Brady Fielder both lucked out in Denver but they head back to the North-East looking to make amends. They will be joined by Lawson Nobbs this weekend who has gained an alternate spot in the event.
Fielder will ride in Section 2 and he will take on a veteran bull from Cornwell Bucking Bulls, Circle G and Coleman named Lab Rat. This bull has been out 52 times in PBR competition and has given up 11 scores. He is reliably around to the right and can show some forward movement. While he may have lost a step or two in the past season, he can still post bull scores over 43 points.
Nobbs will make his appearance just before the mid-section break in the third. His opponent will be Sippin Sauce from Cowtown Rodeo and this is a bull making his debut in the PBR. I have not been able to find any information on this bull.
In Section 4, we will see Kleier climb aboard Juvenile Delinquent. This bull is making it’s PBR debut from Little Acres Ranch. I have not been able to find any information on this bull.
Sunday – PBR Velocity Tour – Portland, OR.
Lane Mellers heads to the Pacific North-West off the back of his Top-15 finish in Denver. He will be joined this week by Nathan Burtenshaw, who makes his first PBR appearance since going 3-for-3 to win the Melbourne Invitational in December.
Burtenshaw will be the first rider out in the long round and he has drawn Scrawny Ronny from Howell Rodeo Co. This bull has been out just the two times in his PBR career and both trips were at Pendleton late last season where he averaged bull scores of 40.75 points. Lachlan Slade took this bull to almost the 7-second mark but being a Touring Pro, the event wasn’t broadcast so we didn’t get to see how it went down.
Mellers will also be out in Section 1 against another bull from Howell Rodeo Company, Black Point. This bull has had six trips and allowed just the one score which was an 87-point ride to Cody Casper a year ago. On that occasion, he turned back to the right and had a lot of forward movement in his action. He also spun to the right at the Unleash The Beast event in Nampa just before the World Finals. He also averages bull scores in the low 40 point range.
Monday – PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Chicago, IL.
In the second scheduled trip of the night, Aaron Kleier will go up against One Hung Low from Black Sharp Bucking Bulls. This bull has been covered twice from three appearances in the PBR. The last of those scores went to Lane Mellers in Fairfax last season for 83.75 points. On that occasion, the bull went to the left and displayed nice rhythm, but we have seen him post bull scores a tad higher in his earlier trips.
Lawson Nobbs will be the next Aussie to go, and he will face Yelawolf from Black Sharp and Talley Ho Bucking Bulls in the second half of Section 1. This bull is unridden from his 9 PBR trips and in the past, he has turned back both ways. His action is quite flighty, and he stays flat as he leaps and winds his way across the arena.
In Section 3, Brady Fielder will climb aboard Mike Miller’s Blonde Blizzard. This bull has given up three scores in his six PBR trips. Two scores went to left-handers even though this bull prefers a right-handed spin. His tempo has been quite good, and he doesn’t appear to have many tricks up his sleeve except some forward movement. Ride scores have been between 85 86.25 points.
Stay tuned for the Weekend PBR Wrap-Up, which will be out as soon as a winner has been crowned in Manchester.