Iron Cowboy, the second PBR Major of the 2020 season, will headline this weekend in Los Angeles, and three Aussie bull riders will take their place in the 40-man field.
World No. 49 Brady Fielder makes his return from an abdominal injury after missing last weekend’s premier series event in Oklahoma City. The Clermont talent has just three more events to ensure he is ranked inside the Top-35 before the cut is made following the Kansas City event.
Fellow Clermont resident Aaron Kleier is the best ranked Australian on tour, and he sits 18th in the PBR World Standings, about 40-points ahead of the cut line. The dual Australian Champion is riding at 32.15% on the Unleash The Beast tour and has picked up world Points at all five stops so far in 2020.
No. 23 Nathan Burtenshaw will make his first appearance in Los Angeles after he picked up another alternate spot courtesy of his world ranking. The Coonamble cowboy sits 25 points ahead of the cut line thanks to a great start to his 2020 campaign. If he can piece together another solid result or two, he should find himself on tour come March.
Check out the PBR Rundown for all the event times and coverage details.
Saturday – PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Iron Cowboy – Los Angeles, CA.
The Iron Cowboy event format starts with all 40 riders competing on the opening night. The Top-25 riders in the aggregate will progress onto Round 2, with the remaining spots in the draw filled from the World Standings.
Burtenshaw will be out in the first half of Section 1 against Roadkill from Wentz Bucking Bulls and Aces Wild Pro Rodeo. This bull has had just the three trips in PBR competition, and there have been two scores recorded. Jess Lockwood was the highest of the two with 85.75 points in Nampa last season. This bull got caught up in the gate on that occasion, and while he looked to want to continue turning right, he went left at a nice tempo. He then reversed the spin late in the ride.
Kleier will be out after the break in the opening section on a bull that we got to see twice in Sacramento a fortnight ago. Angry Elf from Evan Matthews has given up just five qualified rides from 23 outs in the PBR. Left-handers seem to get on with him with as he takes one leap out and turns back left almost exclusively. However, in Sacramento with Brady Fielder aboard he did make a right-hand turn. Qualified rides should be around or above the 85-point mark.
Fielder will have to wait until Section 4 for his chance aboard Low Dog from Dakota Rodeo – Chad Berger, Clay Struve and Ken Barnhard. This bull has had a dozen trips in the PBR and was unridden until one of the De Souza twins rode him for 84.75 points in Sacramento. The bull turned straight back to the right not far from the chute. He did jump around and throw his head about quite a bit towards the end, but the length of time in the chute on the clock might have affected the conclusion, and he should be strong through the bell
Sunday – PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Iron Cowboy – Los Angeles, CA.
The second round of Iron Cowboy features the 25-riders who moved on from Round 1, with just the Top-8 progressing to Round 3.
The field will be halved for Round 4 with all riders riding time progressing onto the Final Round. This round will be contested between a minimum of two riders. If just one rider makes it through, the second rider will come from the top of the aggregate leaderboard.
Aaron Kleier is the only Australian remaining in the draw, and he progressed via his World Ranking.
Kleier will attempt to cover Crazy Times from Hart Cattle Co and Randy Wood in the back end of Section 2. This bull has not been ridden since May last season, and he has given up just three rides averaging 86.41 points from his 17 PBR trip career. Two of those scores belong to left-handed riders, but they have mixed up the delivery with this bull, and we have seen him turn back both ways. He looks to have nice tempo and riders rarely hit the dirt in the early stages of the ride.
If Kleier can progress from Round 2, make sure you follow along inside the Score Centre for live updates and analysis.
Stay tuned for the Weekend PBR Wrap-Up, which will be out Monday or Tuesday after the results from the minor leagues filter through.