The PBR’s premier Unleash The Beast series returns this weekend with the third PBR Major of the 2019 season. Aaron Kleier, Brady Fielder and Nathan Burtenshaw will take their place in the 40 rider field contesting the Last Cowboy Standing event in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Take a look at this week’s edition of The PBR Rundown for broadcast times.
Our attention will then revert to the PBR’s Touring Pro Division’s in the USA and Canada with multiple events scheduled to finish off the week. The majority of the Australian cowboys will return home next week after spending a month competing overseas.
PBR Unleash The Beast – Last Cowboy Standing
Nathan Burtenshaw returns to the top-tier of competition for the first time since breaking his right collarbone back in January. Burtenshaw rejoins the race for the PBR World Finals ranked 88th in the world, trailing the No. 35 ranked rider by 427.5 points.
The Coonamble cowboy will be joined by World No. 12 Aaron Kleier and No. 41 Brady Fielder who will both make their Unleash The Beast series debuts. The Clermont duo have been riding very well in Canada, recording nine top-10 finishes between them in PBR Competition this July. Fielder also has an event title to his name after winning the PBR Canada Touring Pro Division event in Kinsella, Alberta last weekend.
The event format for the two-day event is a simple one. Ride to progress. The Last Cowboy Standing can potentially add 1,250 points toward the world standings and take home more than $100,000 in prizemoney.
Following Round 2, the 40 man field will be trimmed to 25 riders for the second night of competition. The top-8 riders will then progress onto Round 3 with the final four cowboys battling it out in the Championship Round.
If less than 25 riders record qualified rides on night 1, the remaining spots will be allocated to riders high in the current PBR World Standings. This rule gives Kleier an excellent chance of progressing to Round 2, but Fielder and Burtenshaw must record a qualified ride to progress.
Tuesday – Round 1 Matchups
Aaron Kleier on Dixie Explosion (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls)
We have seen this bull multiple times on the premier series this year, and he appears to have developed a fairly predictable pattern. Dixie Explosion bucked off three straight riders before Eduardo Aparecido made the whistle in Albuquerque in May for 86.25 points. He turns back to the left initially before reversing the spin after a round or two. His action is quite flat, but he is whippy and moves around a lot, so you can’t get caught behind.
Brady Fielder on Invizibull Fire (Cord McCoy / Bruce Wold)
This bull has combined with riders for 8-second rides in both of his appearances on the Unleash The Beast tour. Eduardo Aparecideo and Dylan Smith were 87.25 and 86.75 points respectively in March. Since then, Invizibull Fire has bucked off three straight riders at the Touring Pro level. This bull can spin either way straight out of the gate and doesn’t appear to have any significant tricks for the cowboys except his speed.
Nathan Burtenshaw on Terror Struck (Talbert Bucking Bulls)
This matchup is a rematch from Springfield late last season where the bull slammed up against the chute, dislodging Burtenshaw late in the ride. We haven’t seen too much of Terror Struck since January where he bucked off three handy riders on the Velocity Tour. He seems to have a lot of forward movement, so he covers a lot of ground around the front of the gates, but doesn’t get too far off the ground. Previously we have seen scores in the mid 80 point range recorded.
Check out the Full Round 1 Daysheet.
Wednesday – Round 2 Matchups
Aaron Kleier on Legit (Dakota Rodeo – Berger/Rosen/Struve/Leffew)
Legit was the co-bull of the Finals in Las Vegas last year and is one of the more difficult bulls in the Round 2 draw. He is 14-1 in his career and regularly puts up bull scores north of 45 points. Jess Lockwood owns the only qualified ride with 89.25 points at Alburgueque earlier this year. He isn’t the best fit for Kleier because he keeps moving forward and goes to the right, but I am looking forward to this matchup.
Check out the Daysheet for Round 2 onwards.
Check back later this week for my previews and reviews as we edge closer to the resumption of PBR Australia’s Monster Energy Tour!