I am a bit late with my ‘winners’ articles due to travel and work commitments this week.
There has been a bunch of articles written on the 2019 PBR Australia Grand Finals and the Champions on news websites over the past few days, so I thought I would take a different approach and look at the statistics of our award recipients.
Let’s start with the 2019 PBR Australian National Champion.
The Clermont bull rider successfully defended his 2018 title, becoming just the second rider in PBR Australia history to win back-to-back titles. Kleier became the first cowboy since David Kennedy in the 2009 and 2010 seasons to achieve the feat.
His riding percentage for the year came in at an incredible 65%, over double that of the field average. Kleier’s prize money totalled $55,222.83 and he won 4985 championship points.
In his 2019 campaign, Kleier finished with five event wins to his name. He won Monster Energy Tour buckles in Adelaide, Cairns, Queanbeyan and again in Adelaide at the final regular-season tour stop. He also won the second night in Mount Isa at the Touring Pro Division level.
The 21-year-old collected eight round wins and recorded two of the Top-5 marked rides of the season. Kleier rode bulls for 89 points twice en route to the title. The first came aboard Freckles Brown (Wallace Bucking Bulls) at Cairns, and then a week later, he rode Drag Iron (Dunne Bulls) at Mount Isa.
Kleier competed at 26 of the 27 PBR Australia tour stops in the 2019 season. He earned prizemoney at 21 of those events, failing to ride a bull on just three occasions.
Let’s now move to the 2019 PBR Australia Rookie of the Year.
The 19-year-old accumulated six event wins in his debut year, picking up buckles at Monster Energy Tour events in Newcastle and Mackay. The balance came at the Touring Pro Division level with victories in Marrabel, Sydney and Mount Isa and Cunnamulla.
Fielder finished in third place in the race for the PBR Australian National Championship, falling short by just 1327.5 points.
The Clermont cowboy attained a remarkable riding percentage of 62% and season earnings of $46,811.21 across his 22 events to record the most successful season by a Rookie in the history of PBR Australia.
Fielder failed to ride a bull at just three events and picked up a cheque at all but four performances.
He earned four round wins with his highlight ride coming in Mackay, where he covered POA Fully Locked & Loaded (Dittmann Bucking Bulls) for 89-points.
Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls
The 2019 PBR Australia Stock Contractors of the Year certainly earned the award this year.
TnR hauled bulls to an incredible 19 of the 27 PBR Australia events held in the 2019 season to become the first to make it back-to-back titles.
Of the 1146 trips recorded this year, 320, or 27.6% of those were aboard TnR bucking stock. Those outs resulted in 106 qualified rides at an average of 83.11 points. Over a quarter of those rides, 28 in total, resulted in a round win.
The qualified ride percentage on the TnR bovines was 1.5% higher than the 2019 PBR Australia average of 41.46%. They recorded an average bull score of 41.71 points which sits 0.25 points higher than the season average.
Nine individual bulls from the TnR pen were marked 44 points or higher. They were Uncle Si (45.5 points), Hammer McKenzie (45), Mr Buckmore (44.5 and 44), Call Me Joe (44.5, 44 twice), Aces & Eights (44.5), Battle Jack (44), Black Bantam (44), Bad Apple (44) and Train Wreck (44).
POA Full Locked & Loaded
The Dittmann Bucking Bulls’ bucker averaged a magnificent 44.17 points in his nine PBR outs to become the 2019 Champion Bucking Bull of Australia.
Fully Locked & Loaded was also named the High-marked Bull of the 2019 PBR Australia Grand Finals. He posted 44-points in Round 2 versus Justin Robards and backed that up with 44.5 points in the Championship Round against Fraser Babbington.
The seven-year-old gave up just one qualified ride in 2019, and that was for 89-points to Brady Fielder on his way to winning in Mackay.
Fully Locked & Loaded’s highlight moment came at the Last Cowboy Standing event in Brisbane, where he posted 45-points in his 4.77 second battle with Lachlan Slade.
Throughout the season, the bull bucked off both the 2015 and 2017 PBR Australian National Champions, plus the 2018 PBR Australia Rookie of the Year.
Y35 Black Tuxedo
This son of the great Little Yellow Jacket took home the 2019 PBR Australia Rookie Bull of the Year award for Wallace Bucking Bulls and finished fourth among all bulls on average bull score.
Black Tuxedo bucked at an average score of 43.59 points, allowing just two qualified rides from eight PBR trips. Those rides were to Brady Fielder, for 86-points to win in Newcastle, and to Lachlan Richardson who produced a clutch 88.25-point ride to take the win at the Grand Finals last weekend.
The five-year-old bucker posted two 44.5-point trips in 2019 against quality opposition. The first came against Aaron Kleier in Brisbane which went for 6.33 seconds with the other during his 3.55-second matchup with Cliff Richardson at Burnett Heads.
The 2019 PBR Australia Grand Finals Event Champion went 4-for-5 with three round wins across the weekend to earn a total of 2137.5 championship points from a possible 2500 to climb up the National Standings and finish in second place.
The win in Townsville was Richardson’s only victory of the season.
The Gresford talent’s riding percentage finished the year at 47.27%, and his 2019 earnings stopped at $54,462.15.
Wallace Bucking Bulls
The Central Queensland contractors used a combination of bulls over the two nights of competition to take home the buckle for the Champion Bull Team of the 2019 PBR Australia Grand Finals.
Rookie Bull contender Mighty Whitey produced two solid trips in Townsville, marked 43.5 in Round 1 against Jay Borghero, and then 43.75 points with Ethan Watts aboard in the short-go.
Seek and Destroy also turned in two nice outs, marked 43 points in his Round 1 matchup with Brady Sims, and he backed that up with 42.5 points against Cliff Richardson in Round 4.
Scene of the Crash was marked 42.5 points when he bucked off Lane Mellers on night 1, but he was substituted for Black Tuxedo for the second night, and he posted 43.25 points with Lachlan Richardson aboard in the Championship Round.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Stay tuned this week as we kick off the 2020 PBR Australia Season with the Iron Cowboy in Tamworth.