This weekend is going to be a massive one with Australian riders in action at all PBR events scheduled. Along with the 2020 Ballarat Stampede, we also have riders competing in the on the Unleash The Beast and Velocity Tours in the USA, plus the Monster Energy Tour in Canada.
Check out the PBR Rundown for all the event times and coverage details.
Saturday – PBR Velocity Tour – Bangor, ME.
Moura’s Lawson Nobbs heads back to the Bangor Classic this weekend to defend his 2019 event title, where he went 4-for-4. Also heading to the north-east is Clermont’s Brady Fielder, who will be looking to keep the ball rolling after a solid finish last weekend.
Nobbs will be the first rider out in the night one long round against Hurricane Tested from Kruger Bucking Bulls. This bull has been ridden three times in his nine PBR outs with all ride scores in the mid-80 point range. He should turn back to the right which will be away from Nobbs’ hand. In the past, the bull has travelled a long way from the chutes, so riders do have to hustle to stay in touch.
We will have to wait until the final section to watch Fielder, who has drawn Shot Gun from Cornwell Bucking Bulls and Bierema Rodeo. This bull has had just the two PBR trips and is unridden. I have not been able to find any information on the bull, but he has posted dual 42-point bull scores.
Saturday – PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Little Rock, AR.
Clermont’s Aaron Kleier made a big jump up the standings to 13th place with his big weekend in Kansas City last weekend where he finished runner-up in the 15/15 Bucking Battle and inside the Top-15.
Once again, Australian’s eligible for a spot on tour but missing from the Little Rock draw will be No. 25 Lachlan Richardson (declined UTB spot) and No. 31 Nathan Burtenshaw (shoulder injury).
Kleier will face Crap Shoot in the fifth section of the opening round which doubles as another ABBI Classic round. This bull from D&H Cattle and Craig Moore has had most of his outs in PCRA competition, but we did see him buck last weekend in Kansas City. However, it wasn’t his best trip. At his best, this bull will be intense and around to the left, kicking the lights out. He holds a 17-1 record overall with the only score coming in at 90 points.
Saturday – PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour – Lethbridge, AB.
Warwick’s Callum Miller heads back to Canada for his second appearance on Canada’s Premier Tour after he recorded a 7th place finish in his debut at Calgary in January.
Miller has drawn One for the Money from Vold Rodeo in Section 3 on the first night of competition. This bull gets ridden around 33% of the time with scores in the 85 to 86.5 point range prevalent. He delivers a consistent trip each time he bucks. He will be around to the right and into Miller’s hand. There is a lot of up and down with hang time in his action.
Sunday – PBR Velocity Tour – Bangor, ME.
The 40-rider field managed only 5 scores on night 1, so the door is still wide open heading into Round 2.
Nobbs will be out in Section 3 where he will face Despicable Me from Triple R Bull Company. This bull has been ridden nine times in 23 trips. But it has been two seasons since we saw this bull buck in the PBR, but in the past, he has shown that he can turn back either way and likes to jump high in the air and throw his head about.
Fielder will have a long wait until Section 4, where he will take on Tucker from J Bar W, who will be making his PBR debut.
Sunday – PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Kansas City, MO.
Only nine scores were recorded in the first long round on the Premier Tour and a couple of those were under the 80-point mark.
Halfway through Section 2, Kleier has drawn Slingin’ Tears from Blake Sharp, Henry Wilson and my good buddies at Caveman Bucking Bulls. This bull has been ridden five times from 29 trips with all scores going to left-handed riders. He has made a mess of a few blokes on tour and he keeps getting stronger as the clock goes on. The bull will be around to the left and into Kleier’s hand. He keeps moving forward and whipping it around.
Sunday – PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour – Lethbridge, AB.
There were only seven scores posted on the leaderboard in Canada so the title hunt is also still wide open.
In Section 3, Miller will go up against Uptown Funk from Vold Rodeo, and this is a veteran bull that we have seen buck many times. They have been marked as many as 87-points in the past year of competition. He takes a hop or two to clear the chute and then turns back to the left. The is a lot of movement in his action, so riders need to keep busy.
Monday – PBR Velocity Tour – Bangor, ME.
Nobbs will once again be the first to ride and his opponent will be Stealing Thunder from J Bar W. This bull has been ridden three times from seven outs across the past 12 months with scores in the upper 80-point range. He tends to prefer a left-handed turn from the gate, but he has been right a handful of times.
In the final section, Fielder faces Rough & Ready from Kruger Bucking Bulls. This bull has been covered just twice from about a dozen trips and his bull scores fluctuate between the low 40’s and his high marked out of 44.5 points. He should turn back to the right with good tempo, but righties have struggled to reach the bell in the past.
Stay tuned for the Weekend PBR Wrap-Up, which will be out Monday following the conclusion of the event in Bangor.