What a great event we saw in the Beef Capital on Saturday night.
All of the Gold Buckle contenders claimed a piece of the pie, and we saw some clutch bull rides from some familiar names to work their way into the Top-22 with the Grand Finals rapidly approaching.
The bucking bulls were also outstanding form in Rockhampton, and our Queensland based Stock Contractors look to have them beginning to peak as Townsville begins to appear on the horizon.
This weekend pretty much wraps up all PBR bull riding in North America until PBR Finals Week kicks off with the Velocity Tour Finals in South Dakota starting on the 7th of November.
So it was the last opportunity for riders based in the USA to qualify for the PBR World Finals, and we saw some stellar performances from the big guns.
2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
My 2020 Rockhampton Invitational wrap up went live last night on the website, so make sure you click the link below to see how it all went down.
After covering just 21.05% of their bulls at last Saturday’s Mackay Invitational, the cowboys reacted to the increase in the crowd numbers, putting on a show inside the Great Western Hotel.
The 11 qualified rides recorded in Event 1 equalled the highest riding percentage since the restart with 28.95%. Event 2 was a single ride behind on 26.32% with the 2020 season average now residing at 23.26%.
We also saw a jump in the average ride score with Event 1 coming in at 82.77 points. That is almost 0.8 points higher than the average at the six events previous, but the Event 2 mark was well above average on 83.43 points.
With his perfect 4-for-4 evening, ratings leader Lachlan Richardson skipped ahead in the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings after earning a total of 117 points and just shy of $3,000 across the two events. His points total now sits at 451 with his earnings eclipsing the $20,000 mark for the current season.
The Gresford cowboy increased his lead over No. 2 ranked Aaron Kleier from 58 points after Mackay, to 102.5 points. The Clermont bull rider moved to 348.5 points with an increase of 72.5 points.
Heywood’s Sam Woodall moved from fifth to third place with the second-biggest haul of 77-points thanks to his maiden PBR win in Event 2.
The biggest mover of the week was Beaudesert’s Jay Borghero, who recorded two Top-5 finishes to earn 59-points and jump from 42nd place up to 17th in the standings. Moura’s Lawson Nobbs also moved into the Top-22 with a 45-point haul to slot into 13th place.
Onto the bucking bulls…
The average bull scores for the two sessions came in almost bang on the 2020 season average of 41.22 points. Event 1 was 41.21 points, while Event 2 was 41.20 points.
Those marks are up 0.49 points on the corresponding events last weekend in Mackay but that still sits around 0.3 points below the first two stops after the PBR Australia restart.
Wallace Bucking Bulls look like they have another star Rookie bull with Razor Sharp quickly becoming one of my favourite bulls in the pen.
In Rockhampton, he picked up the high-marked trip in both events with 44-points in Event 1, and 43.5 points in Event 2.
He has kicked the lights out in his first five PBR Australia trips and now averages a 43-point bull score with an average buck off time of just 2.44 seconds.
POA Fully Locked & Loaded was also very impressive in his only trip of the night for Dittmann Bucking Bulls, equalling Razor Sharp’s 43.5 points in Event 2 to share the highest mark.
The 2019 PBR Australia Bucking Bull of the Year pushed his average score up to 43.30 points for the season.
Penmate Cattle King Booger Beach also posed another strong trip in the Championship Round of the second event. His average mark now sits at 43.33 points after his 43-point bull score in the second event long round.
2020 PBR Unleash the Beast Tour
At the final regular-season tour stop for the Premier Series in Nampa, Idaho we saw a thrilling finish, plus a 15/15 Bucking Battle with all of the contenders for the PBR World Champion Bucking Bull posting impressive numbers.
João Ricardo Vieira was one of four riders to go 3-for-3 with his ride scores equalling 264.5 points in the main event.
The Brazilian rode Sky Harbor for 91 points in the Championship Round to hold off Mason Taylor, Cooper Davis and Kaique Pachecho. JB Mauney rounded out the Top-5 as the best rider with two scores after entering the final round holding down the No. 1 spot on the event leaderboard.
Derek Kolbaba posted the only score in the 15/15 Bucking Battle to take home maximum points.
The Washington native combined with Canadian Mist (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co) for a monster ride score of 94-points.
Hocus Pocus (D&H Cattle/Almand/Lone Star/Outlaw) topped the bull scores for the event, marked 46.75 points during the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Chiseled (Flinn/D&H Cattle Co) and Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) close behind on 46.25 points. Canadian Mist’s share of the Kolbaba score was 46-points.
I’m Legit Too (Hart Cattle Co/Hale/Bloyd) was the best of the bulls in the main event, marked 46.25 points against JB Mauney in the Championship Round.
Aussie’s Aaron Kleier and Lachlan Richardson are ranked 27th and 31st.
Of the riders in the Top-35, Richardson has the equal-second highest riding percentage of the 2020 Season with 63.64%. He is tied with Dener Barbosa with only World No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme ahead on 67.03%.
2020 PBR Touring Pro Division
Luciano De Castro was too good at the Touring Pro event in Llano, Texas.
The Brazilian went 4-for-4 across his two entries to pick up the points for both the first and second placings in the event.
Stay tuned to Ride The Rage for full coverage of this week’s PBR action.