We are just a couple of hours away from the 2022 PBR Global Cup which is being held in Arlington, Texas.
I am not too sure how much of the event we will get to see here in Australia. The event will get underway at 9:45 am AEST but I believe that the event is live on CBS today in the USA, and won’t be on RidePass until the 8th or 9th of March – Not that it means much as we don’t have access to either here in Australia. But, hopefully, we get lucky and they put it on Facebook Live.
Let’s take a look at the long round matchups for our Aussie cowboys:
Jake Curr (Mount Isa, QLD) will ride in Section 1 and he will climb aboard Cowboy Playboy from Hookin’ W Ranch. This bull has been out three times in the PBR and has been ridden once. That 85.5 point score went to the left-handed Luciano De Castro at Abilene early last year. He prefers a spin to the left, but it will be a rough ride.
In the second section of the round, Sam Woodall (Heywood, VIC) makes his return from injury against After Midnight from 5S Bucking Bulls and Tex Brothers Ranch. This bull is unridden in his PBR career, and in his three UTB trips this season he has averaged a bull score of just under 43-points an out with all wins coming over right-handed riders.
The last Australian to ride in the opening round will be Ky Hamilton (Mackay, QLD) who faces High Brow Cat from Paradigm Bull Company. We have seen a lot of this bull over the last couple of seasons on the UTB tour. He regularly posts trips worth 45+ points and has been ridden just once in the past 12-months. That score went to Kaique Pacheco for 92.25 points in the Championship Round at the PBR World Finals. The bull takes a few big leaps out and then decides which way to turn. Right-handers own four of the six qualified rides recorded aboard this bull across his career.
Australian Captain Brady Fielder (Clermont, QLD) will lead off in the second round aboard Flyover from XTB Bucking Bulls and Marty Foutch. This bull has put together 17 straight buckoffs in his PBR career averaging over 42.5 points a trip but he has been marked 44+ points in his last three trips. Most buckoffs come in the first two or three seconds of the ride and I think he tends to prefer a right-handed spin after faking to the left.
Ky Hamilton (Mackay, QLD) backs up to face Cliff Hanger from Cord McCoy and Pioneer Bulls in section two of the round. This bull has been ridden just once from 25 trips across his PBR and PRCA career. That score went to Junior Patrick Souza in San Antonio on the UTB tour last year for 88.5-points. This bull has been marked 45+ a bunch of times and even post 46 points in one of his trips at the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
The last to ride will be Luke Parkinson (Denman, NSW), who goes up against Bread Basket from TNT Bucking Bulls and Hart Cattle Company. This bull has been ridden four times from 21 trips with the average score cracking the 88-point mark. Right-handers own three of those scores, with the latest going to Marco Eguchi at the World Finals last year. He should turn back to the right after taking a long leap or two into the arena, but he can stop on a dime and will turn back sharply.
We will then see a Championship Round with just one rider from each team progressing and the order coming from the 2022 PBR Global Cup leaderboard.
Go get ’em boys!