PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
On Saturday night, PBR Australia completed their early season Monster Energy Tour run through Victoria with the 2019 Traralgon Invitational.
Justin Robards was one of four riders to finish the event a perfect 2-for-2, holding off Tamworth’s Ethan Watts and Gresford’s Cliff Richardson to record his first PBR win since 2014.
The Bulahdelah cowboy covered the Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls pair of On Point and Night Hawk for an aggregate total of 169.0 points.
On a cold, wet and windy evening in Victoria’s Gippsland region, the bull pen had everything against them with the riders finishing with an incredible 52.75% of their bulls.
This rate is the highest I have been able to find at a regular season event, but my records don’t go back past the 2016 PBR Australian National Finals.
The highest I have recorded is when the worlds best riders covered 59.40% at the 2018 PBR Global Cup in Sydney. The 2018 Blackall Touring Pro Division the highest regular season event across the last two seasons at 46.31%.
The average bull score was down about 0.5 points from the average mark that we had seen at recent Monster Energy Tour events. Taking the conditions and the shifting arena surface into account, I think the 40.99 point average isn’t too bad.
PBR Unleash the Beast Tour
Lawson Nobbs made his second career appearance on the premier Unleash the Beast Tour after injuries opened up multiple alternate spots at the Tacoma Invitational.
On night 1, Nobbs had a rematch with Get Shorty (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls). The bull turned back to the right and away from Nobbs’ hand as expected. The ride ended at 4.02 seconds after the Moura cowboy got tipped forward causing a touch. The judges marked Get Shorty 42.25 points.
Nobbs went up against Cow-ah-Bunga (Corey & Lange Pro Rodeo/Flying Diamond Rodeo) in Round 2. Nobbs dominated the bull and recorded an 85.5 point score which moved him into 11th place in the event with half a dozen riders remaining in the long round. Cow-ah-Bunga turned back into his hand, and he looked comfortable for the entire 8-seconds.
The cards fell his way, and with the 10th pick in the 15-man draft, the 21-year-old took Sky Harbor (Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Wilks Ranch/Paradigm Bull Co) from the bulls remaining.
Sky Harbor has been ridden just once from six outs on the Unleash the Beast Tour. He leaves the chute leaping high in the air, kicking out the lights and is regularly around to the left after a few jumps forward.
On this occasion, the son of Pearl Harbor took a huge leap forward out of the chute and setup Nobbs, who came down over the front in 2.43 seconds for a 43.5 point bull score. The Aussie appeared to get away unscathed.
After entering the weekend ranked 47th in the PBR World Standings, Nobbs earned 15 points from his sixth-placing in Round 2 and added a further five event points for his eleventh place finish. He now sits 46th.
Cody Teel left Washington as the 2019 Tacoma Invitational Event Champion with a 3-for-3, 261.75 point effort across the weekend. The Texan capped off his win with a 90.25 point ride on Freckles Brown (Wentz Bucking Bulls/New West Rodeos) in the Championship Round.
Arkansas’ Chase Outlaw remains the No. 1 ranked bull rider on the PBR World Standing’s leaderboard.
PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour
Unfortunately, Atherton’s Kurt Shephard was ruled out of the Casper Classic in Wyoming after suffering a knee injury.
The 24-year-old tells me that he expects to be out of competition for a while and he will have further tests during the week to
Utah’sKeyshawn Whitehorse dominated this event with
Check back tomorrow for The PBR Rundown to see what is in store for bull riding fans this coming week.