PBR Australia Sydney Royal Easter Show Touring Pro – Night 1
Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) took home the chocolates from night 1 of the Sydney Royal Easter Show Touring Pro on Easter Sunday.
The 2016 PBR Australian National Champion was one of two cowboys who finished the night a perfect 2-for-2 with 171.5 points to hold off a solid field of twenty riders.
Heffernan posted rides aboard Windy Gate (George Hempenstall) for 83.5 points in the long round, and Call Me Joe (TnR Bucking Bulls) for 88.0 points in the Championship Round.
Rookie of the Year leader Brady Fielder (Clermont, QLD) was the other rider to stay perfect on the night with 83.5 points on Wild Paint (TnR Bucking Bulls) and 86.0 points aboard Night Hawk (TnR Bucking Bulls).
Reigning Aussie Champion Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) was the best of the seven remaining riders to post a score. His 84 point effort aboard Just a Chich (Eric and Heidi Yates) was enough to lead the pack into the short round, but Mr Buckmore (TnR Bucking Bulls) won the final matchup of the night in 7.37 seconds.
PBR Australia Sydney Royal Easter Show Touring Pro – Night 2
The Easter Monday crowns witnessed a shoot out, with the full twenty riders going head to head over a single round of Touring Pro competition.
Five riders made the whistle with Brady Fielder staying perfect across the two nights of competition. The 20-year-old recorded his third qualified ride aboard Silver Lining (TnR Bucking Bulls) with his 84.5 points enough for the win.
It was another outstanding night for the Clermont cowboys with Aaron Kleier finishing in the money once again thanks to an 83 point ride on Unshackled (TnR Bucking Bulls).
Finishing in third place was Cody Heffernan, who took his record at the East Show to 3-for-3 when he combined with Swamp Rat (George Hempenstall) for 80.5 points.
Call Me Joe (TnR Bucking Bulls) was the high marked bull on both nights with 44 points awarded for both his out against Heffernan on night 1, and on the second evening where he bucked off Troy Wilkinson (Upper Horton, NSW) in just 1.31 seconds.
I have to say, all of the bovine athletes enjoyed their time in the arena listening to the banter between Wazza Matorek and Dennis Halstead, and if you have time to watch the replays, it is well worth it for the laughs.
PBR Australia Standings
Cody Heffernan now sits on 2120 points and extended his lead in the 2019 PBR Australian National Standings. The 29-year-old now leads by 465 points with Aaron Kleier jumping back into second place after Lachlan Richardson (-645.0) went 0-for-2 in Sydney.
Brady Fielder moved up from the seventh place and into fourth. Fielder maintained the gap between himself and Heffernan with the margin now 1035 points. Cliff Richardson now sits in fifth spot on the leaderboard a further 150 points behind Fielder.
In the PBR World Standings, Aaron Kleier is the best placed Aussie in 19th place with Cody Heffernan the next best in 29th spot. Cliff Richardson and Lachlan Richardson are the only two other Australians inside the top-50, ranked 39th and 46th respectively.
We have another few weeks off before the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour heads to the Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton, Queensland on the 18 May 2019. Head to pbraustralia.com.au for all the details.