PBR Australia Touring Pro Division
Just a quick event recap this week as there hasn’t been too much vision posted on social media following the weekend.
There were just eight qualified rides on the night with Merrijig, Victoria’s Will Purcell finishing the atop the leaderboard. Purcell was crowned 2019 Julia Creek Touring Pro Champion after taking full advantage of a re-ride option, scoring 87 points aboard Sick an Twisted (Dittmann Bucking Bulls).
The 25-year-old picked up 275 event points and his second career PBR Australia Touring Pro Division win which moved him into 13th in the 2019 PBR Australia National Standings.
Finishing in second place, was Lachlan Richardson, who narrowed the gap between himself and PBR Australia front runner Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW), thanks to a 86 point ride on Gangatino (Brandenburg Bucking Bulls). The margin now sits at just 205 points following the 26-year-old’s 165 point haul at Julia Creek.
In the process, the Gresford, NSW. cowboy leapfrogged Clermont’s Aaron Kleier and moved into the second spot on the Standings Leaderboard.
Nebo, QLD. bull rider Mitch Paton finished in third place after making it back to the short round on time. The 28-year-old was the only rider to make the whistle in the Championship Round, combining with Juiced Wiggles (George Ayers) for 83.5 points.
Paton reentered the top 10 on the standings leaderboard after dropping out at the last Monster Energy Tour event in Traralgon and now holds down the eighth spot after earning 165 points.
Completing the top 5 at the Julia Creek Touring Pro were young-guns Caiden Sandilands (Dysart, QLD) and Joshua Jones (Kingaroy, QLD).
Sandilands was marked 82.5 points for his ride on Gungalita Man (Brandenburg Bucking Bulls) in the long round while Jones put up 81.5 points aboard Thunder Lightning (Brandenburg Bucking Bulls).
Other riders to make the bell in Round 1 included Brazilian Robinson Guedes, who was 80.5 on Red Man Chew, Beaudesert, Queensland’s Jay Borghero with 79 aboard Five To Nine and Mundubbera, Queensland’s Lane Mellers with 78.5 on Roy Jones. All three bulls were from the Brandenburg Bucking Bulls string.
The bovine athletes held the field to just a 21.05% success rate while averaging a bull score of 41.57 points. This is the lowest rate of qualified rides we have seen so far in the 2019 season with the bull score average ranking the third best.
The Brandenburg Bucking Bulls pair of Slam n Jam and Take the Gamble were both marked an event-high 44 points for their victories over Mellers and Jones in the Championship round.
Cody Heffernan remains atop the PBR Australia National Standings with Lachlan Richardson and Aaron Kleier both within striking distance as we edge towards the June Cup series.
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It was an unhappy weekend for Lawson Nobbs who finished the weekend in Billings, Montana 0-for-3 after drawing some tough northern bulls.
In Round 1 he faced off against Muddy Water from X over 6 Ranch. The ride ended at 3.22 seconds with the bull displaying too much pace and power for Nobbs despite turning back into his hand.
The 22-year-old went up against Cha Ching from D&H and Buck Cattle in Round 2. Nobbs got another one that turned back to the left but was out of position early and unable to recover with the ride endings as he went over the handlebars at 3.67 seconds.
The Moura, QLD. cowboy had one last shot against Broken Arrow’s Chain Smoker in Round 3 on Championship Sunday. The bull came out and turned back to the right and straightened out with a lot of up and down. Nobbs looked to have a good seat, but he was dragged down over the front at 6.86 seconds.
Nobbs finished the weekend in 51st place on the PBR World Standings leaderboard.
The event was won by Cody Teel who finished 3-for-4 and was the only rider to make the whistle in the Final Round.
The Texan rode After Midnight early in the Championship Round for 86.75 points to leapfrog fellow Texan Cooper Davis and Brazilian João Ricardo Vieira.
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New York’s Daylon Swearingen was one of just two riders to make the whistle at the Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour’s Wichita Classic. This event featured another round of ABBI Classic action and the bulls dominated with the two qualified rides coming from fifty outs (4.00%).
Swearingen’s 89 points in Round 1 came aboard Test Me (GT Bucking Bulls / Cody Garrett). Brazil’s Paulo Lima was the only other rider to get a score, marked 87.5 points on Little Tucker (Halpain & Roth).
There were some very handy bull scores put up in this event with Good Night Robicheaux (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow/Riley Samford) taking the ABBI event win with 91.80 points.
There are no results posted yet for the Touring Pro Division event in Lebanon, MO.
Check back tomorrow for The PBR Rundown to see what is in store for bull riding fans this coming week.