PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
Our weekend started on Saturday night with the PBR Australia Monster Energy Dubbo Invitational at the Showgrounds.
It was a tough night for the cowboys of the Monster Energy Tour with the Bulls winning 83% of the matchups.
Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) took home the buckle with a 2-for-3, 176.5 point performance. His win was sealed with an 89.0 point ride on Call Me Joe in the Championship Round.
Heffernan held off the current No. 1 ranked Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) who recorded an 89.0 point ride of his own in the Championship Round to finish on 169.0 points.
Despite bucking off both of his bulls, Cliff Richardson (Gresford, NSW) was confirmed as the Australian Invitee who will compete at the Velocity Tour Finals. I will have more on this later in the week.
The 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast Tour
This weekend saw the final event of the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast regular season which was held in Nampa, Idaho.
The two-day event was taken out by Cody Teel who was the best of the five cowboys who went a perfect 3-for-3 across the weekend.
Our Australian Cowboys went ride-less this weekend. While their spots in the top 35 are secure and they are both heading to Las Vegas, I am sure they would have liked to get a score on the board and build some momentum as November approaches.
Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, NSW) bucked off Double Major in Round 1. The bull left the chute strong, getting Richardson back off his rope and bought him down over the front end in 2.73 seconds.
Richardson drew Whiskey Bent in Round 2 and it looked a good matchup. The bull threw everything at the 24-year-old, eventually gaining the upper hand for a 5.12-second buck off.
Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, NSW) took on Missy in Round 1 with the bull hopping around out of the chute with some big belly rolls. The 24-year-old got back off his rope as they left the chute and was off to the outside at 2.63 seconds.
His Round 2 matchup showed promise as Pop A Top left the chute with Burtenshaw in a good position. As the bull came around to the right, Burtenshaw was jerked down and slapped the bull at the 3.17 seconds.
Just one weekend remains before PBR Finals Week.
There is a two-day Velocity Tour event as well as a two-day Touring Pro event scheduled.
Most of the big names are scheduled to compete with riders still fighting for position at both ends of the PBR World Standings so I will provide live updates where I can.