Four Australian riders competed in PBR events across the USA and in Canada this past weekend while here at home, there were loads of familiar names in the draw for the Open Bull Ride at the Mount Isa Rodeo.
Let’s wrap up the weekend’s action.
PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Tulsa, OK.
Nathan Burtenshaw was the first Aussie out in Round 1, and he took on Mad Child (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb). The bull turned back away from the Coonamble cowboy’s hand but stalled and proceeded along the front of the chutes. The judges awarded the ride 66 points with the option of a re-ride, which Burtenshaw took.
Kurt Shephard made his first premier series appearance in almost 18-months, and he drew Concealed Carry (Rockin R Bucking Bulls/Jerry Rush) in the opening round. The 24-year-old made light work of the ABBI Classic Standings money leader for 87.25 points. The bull turned back into his hand with Shephard finishing the ride strong and collecting 40 world points for his 4th place finish in the round.
PBR’s Justin Felisko later reported that Burtenshaw had possibly torn his meniscus after falling off the chutes while pulling Shephard’s rope and was questionable for Round 2. Burtenshaw was unable to take his re-ride and remains 18th with his 66.25 points from earlier.
On Sunday, Burtenshaw made his way onto the shark cage with a slight hobble for the rider introductions. His opponent for Round 2 was Crazy Times (Hart Cattle Co/Hale/Randy Wood).
Crazy Times turned back left but made a fast reversal which put the 25-year-old out over the front. The touch came officially at 4.26 seconds, and he got away from the bull safely but looked quite sore as he climbed up the chutes.
Shephard looked to have drawn favourably on Sunday after being allocated Night Sweats (Plummer/Hart Cattle Co.). The bull was strong out of the chutes, launching Shephard forward for the early touch. His score from Round 1 was enough to make it back for the 15-rider Championship Round.
With the 14th pick, Shephard chose Pennywise (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Staci Wilks/N Bar Ranch) who was expected to turn back away from the Atherton cowboys hand. The bull did precisely that and threw plenty of moves at Shephard, but he made the whistle and was marked 84.5 points which pushed him into 4th place.
Check out the Full Results from Tulsa.
When the dust had settled, Shephard wound up in 8th place collecting a further 20 world points. He now sits 38th in the PBR World Standings
Burtenshaw finished the event in 25th place but remains ranked inside the top-100 despite his injury-ravaged season.
Justin Felisko reports that Burtenshaw will have an MRI early this week, but he expects to ride in Houston regardless of what the result. We should also see Shephard next weekend with more top-35 ranked riders suffering injuries in Tulsa.
Montana’s Jess Lockwood completed the Tulsa double, winning the event and the 15/15 Bucking Battle to bounce into the No. 1 spot on the PBR World Standings leaderboard.
Here are the updated PBR World Standings.
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division – Elnora, AB.
Tamworth’s Lachlan Slade was the only Australian rider competing in Canada this weekend, and he faced Ferdinand (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) in the long round.
The bull got the better of Slade with the buck off coming at 7.19 seconds. His buck off time was enough to get the 25-year-old another bull in the 10-man Championship Round.
Cypress Hills Sinner (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle) posted a solid bull score of 43.5 points in the short go to offload Slade at the 2.13-second mark of the ride.
Canadian Garrett Green captured his first PBR event win of the season in Elnora.
PBR Touring Pro Division – Goliad, TX.
Josh Cavanagh went up against Smegma (H&D Bucking Bulls) in Round 1. The bull got the better of the Rockhampton cowboy before the whistle and posted a bull score of 41.5 points.
Virginian Dylan Smith finished on top of the leaderboard at Goliad.
2019 Mount Isa Rodeo
Ravenshoe cowboy Rohan Markham won the Open Bull Ride at the Mount Isa Rodeo over the weekend.
His total score of 238 points was enough to beat Kingaroy’s Joshua Jones by just 1.5 points.
Aaron Kleier finished the event in third place with the Claremont bull rider accruing 174 points.