PBR Unleash the Beast Tour
Following a massive weekend in New York City to open the 2019 PBR season, the world’s best bull riders head to Illinois for the Chicago Invitational.
Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, NSW) began his season with a 1-for-3 performance in the Big Apple and he will once again be the only Australian rider competing on the PBR’s Premier Tour.
The 24-year-old looked good in the season opener against some tough opposition. Burtenshaw will head to the Windy City better for the run and looking to improve on his 65th ranking in the PBR World Standings.
The event format will feature two long rounds and a short go so check back on Saturday evening for updates. Cooper Davis is the defending event champion.
PBR Real Tim Pain Relief Velocity Tour
Kurt Shephard (Atherton, QLD) will make his return to the United States and will compete in Reno, Nevada this weekend. The 24-year-old will take his place on the PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour for the first time since breaking his back in Kansas early last season.
Shephard kicked off his 2019 season in Melbourne where he finished fourth with a 2-for-3 effort and enters the weekend ranked 47th on the PBR World Standings leaderboard.
The Reno Rumble will be a two-day event.
Other PBR Events
Elsewhere, the Velocity Tour also heads to Toledo, Ohio for a single day event while the Rainsville Bull Bash Touring Pro Division event will be held over two nights in northeast Alabama. There are no Aussie riders entered for either of these minor league events.
The WRCA will also be holding its $1million Rodeo in Chicago, the Windy City Roundup which will be held inside Allstate Arena the night before the PBR event commences.
|12-Jan 11:00 am||WRCA||Windy City Roundup||RidePass|
|12-Jan 11:30 am||TPD – Rainsville Bull Bash||Night 1||No Coverage|
|12-Jan 2:00 pm||RVT – Reno Rumble||Round 1||RidePass|
|13-Jan 10:45 am||UTB – Chicago Invitational||Round 1||RidePass|
|13-Jan 11:00 am||RVT – Toledo Invitational||Round 1 + Champ Round||No Coverage|
|13-Jan 11:30 am||TPD – Rainsville Bull Bash||Night 2||No Coverage|
|13-Jan 1:00 pm||RVT – Reno Rumble||Round 2 + Champ Round||RidePass|
|14-Jan 5:45 am||UTB – Chicago Invitational||Round 2 + Champ Round||RidePass|
Reno Rumble Round 1 Preview
Shephard will matchup with Julio Moreno’s Wilbur on the opening night. He is quite well known with 20 riders getting a score from 54 attempts with scores averaging in the mid-eighties.
Wilbur has quite a tame trip compared to other bulls at this level of competition, and I am surprised that riders stats are so lopsided towards right-handed riders. Right-handed riders cover the bull more than 70% of the time while left-handed riders have struggled against Wilbur with under 20% of riders getting a score.
The bull will fake to the left before settling into a right handed spin with good rythum and he doesnt travel too far from the chutes.
Chicago Invitational Round 1 Preview
Burtenshaw will be second out in the round and will face Red Dawn from eight-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year, Chad Berger on the opening night of competition.
Red Dawn has been covered ten times from 37 outs, and while his usual trip is around to the left, both left-handed and right-handed riders have had success. He does have lots of up and down in his action and is the type bull that Burtenshaw rides at a high percentage.
If the bull has his day and Burtenshaw remains aboard at the whistle, we could see a score posted that is up in the excellent range.
Reno Rumble Preview Round 2 Preview
Shephard sits 23rd on the leaderboard after keeping a 76.5 point score on night 1, and I bet it felt good to make the whistle on his first one back in the USA.
His draw for Round 2 is Ringeye from Mann Creek Buckn Bulls. Taylor Toves rode this bull for 87.5 points and a third-place finish in Round 1.
Ringeye has now been covered in five of his six appearances in PBR competition. He will be around to the right and can leap high in the air during his first few rounds. He then tends to flatten out and sidewind his way across the dirt.
Chicago Invitational Round 2 Preview
Burtenshaw has drawn Curt Check’s Missouri Golden who we have only seen out twice in his career. Both outs were in New York City where he put Cannon Cravens and Cody Nance in the dirt very quickly. Both buck offs came in under 2.5 seconds.
I will have updates via Social Media across the Weekend plus, a full Wrap-up on ridetherage.com on Monday afternoon.