It’s going to be a big Australia Day long weekend for members of Team Australia as we gear up for the PBR Global Cup.
Its just two weeks to go until the Arlington, Texas leg of the Global Cup, and we have six of the eight riders set to compete at the ABCRA National Finals in Tamworth, and in PBR competition in the United States this weekend.
PBR Unleash the Beast Tour
Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, NSW) will take his spot on the PBR Unleash the Beast tour after being cleared of a severe elbow injury earlier this week.
The 24-year-old’s weekend was cut short in Glendale after he injured his riding elbow while preparing to ride his second bull last Saturday night at the Ak-Chin Invitational.
The Sacramento Invitational completes the Unleash the Beast tour’s January crossing of the US mainland with a three-day event in Sacramento, California.
Ramon de Lima took home the buckle here last year after going 4-for-4 to hold off fellow countryman Luciano De Castro.
PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour
After taking out his debut event on the Velocity tour, Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) will head to Youngstown, Ohio as the man to beat at the Youngstown Invitational.
He will be joined once again by Kurt Shephard (Atherton, QLD) and Justin Paton (Nebo, QLD) who both looked in great form last weekend at the Portland Classic.
Other Important Events
Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) and Cliff Richardson (Gresford, NSW) will battle it out for the ABCRA National Championship this weekend in Tamworth, NSW.
The ABCRA standings have disappeared from the ABCRA website, but from memory, the two riders weren’t
The ABCRA National Finals Rodeo kicks off Thursday night and will conclude on Saturday evening. You can watch it Live via the ABCRA website.
ABBI Australia will also be holding the LAZY G Futurity in Tamworth on Friday at 11 am so if you are in town, head to AELEC to see some of Australia best up and coming bucking bulls in action.
PBR Canada kicks off their 2019 events with the Winnipeg Classic in Manitoba. There are no Australian’s entered.
Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, NSW) will make his return to the PBR Unleash the Beast tour next weekend at the Express Ranches Invitational in Oklahoma City next weekend.
Richardson has been out with an ankle injury which he suffered at the PBR Canada Finals back in November last year.
|26-Jan 11:00 am||VT – Youngstown Invitational||Round 1||RidePass|
|26-Jan 1:30 pm||UTB – Sacramento Invitational||Round 1||RidePass|
|27-Jan 10:00 am||VT – Youngstown Invitational||Round 2||RidePass|
|27-Jan 11:00 am||PBRC – Winnipeg Classic||Round 1 + Champ Round||RidePass|
|27-Jan 12:45 pm||UTB – Sacramento Invitational||Round 2||RidePass|
|28-Jan 7:45 am||UTB – Sacramento Invitational||Round 3 + Champ Round||RidePass|
Youngstown Classic Round 1 Preview
Justin Paton will be the first Aussie to ride, and he will be out in Section 1, and he will face off against How Bout It from Up The Creek and Sellers Bucking Bulls.
How Bout It has been a steady performer in the PBR minor leagues for the past 18 months and has given up just three qualified rides in 10 outs against some handy opposition. Silvano Alves was 85.5 points on the bull on his way to winning at Cheyenne, and the left-handed Daniel Tinsman was 83-points in Huntington.
The bull likes to turn back to the right and can drift away from the gate, but he had good rhythm, and I think Paton will be able to get a score on the board.
Kurt Shephard will ride in the final section of the night against Championship Pro Rodeo’s Chrome Hatchet who has only been covered once in his eight outs.
His last four outs were at PBR events with Matt Palmer putting up 86-points in the Cheyenne short round. The bull hipped himself in that out and had to turn back to the right to avoid the chutes, but generally, Chrome Hatchet likes to switch back to the left.
He has quite a fast spin with most riders bucking off at around the 3-second mark of the ride. The anti-clockwise turn should suit the left-handed Shephard.
Aaron Kleier will matchup with Buckeye Bill from TCB Ranch and K-C Bucking Bulls in the final out of the round.
The well-known Buckeye Bill looks a good test for Kleier. He is a powerful bull with 19 of his 22 outs coming at the PBR Premier Tour level. We have seen him covered for as much as 90-points.
Buckeye Bill will be around to the left, into Kleier’s hand and usually doesn’t stray too far from the gate. This ride will be the round winner if the Aussie Champ can make the whistle, but he will need to work for it as the bull brings maximum power for the full 8-seconds.
Sacramento Invitational Round 1 Preview
Nathan Burtenshaw will go up against Strange Cargo (D&H Cattle Co./Gordon/OK Corralis) on the opening night.
We have only seen this bull bucked once in the last ten months and that was last weekend at the Unleash the Beast tour event in Glendale. That was against Eduardo Aparecido where he put up 43.25 points in the 5.71-second battle. He did appear to hip himself leaving the chute but was very strong and around to the left.
I am not sure if Strange Cargo would have turned back to the right had he not hipped himself but if he turns out another performance like that, Burtenshaw will have his hands full.
Youngstown Classic Round 2 Preview
Justin Paton will be the first Aussie to ride and will be out in Section 2. He has a chance to remain a perfect 2-for-2 on the weekend as he faces off with Uncle Keith from Phenom Genetics. This bull has been ridden just once in PBR competition from six outs.
We watched Emilio Resende score 86 points aboard Uncle Keith in Chicago just a few weeks ago. The bull was around to the right and had a few tricks forward movement and changes in his timing.
Next to go will be Kurt Shephard, who will be the final rider out in Section 2. I don’t have any record of this bull from Rafter B Bucking Bulls and he did not buck out last night.
Trump Train from Championship Pro Rodeo and 7 Rocking X will be Aaron Kleier’s opponent. It looks a nice draw and the bull is quite well known having performed well on the PBR’s premier tour. Five riders have made the whistle from 17 outs and they have been marked as high as 87-points.
Trump Train will be around to the left, and he usually adds a trick or two into his outs as they leave the chute. It is usually just a higher jump or a longer jump, but after that he always settles into a fast spin. I think these two will match up well.
Sacramento Invitational Round 2 Preview
NOTE: Burtenshaw broke his collarbone in Round 1 and has been ruled out of competition for the rest of the weekend. Updates on Nathan in this week’s edition of the Weekend Wrap Up.
I am heading out to the Calliope Futurity on Saturday and then either staying there for the Bull Ride or heading up to Rockhampton for the
YBRWF Bull Riding Fund Raiser at the Great Western Hotel, so updates via Social Media may be a bit slow this weekend.
If you see me around, say G’day! I will probably have some Ride the Rage Hat Patches in my pocket.
As usual, there will be a full Wrap-up of everything PBR on ridetherage.com on Monday afternoon.