What a weekend it was in the PBR!
We saw some great bull riding here in Australia and also in the USA, with the cowboys completing some massive rides against the world’s best bucking bulls.
Let’s take a look at how the weekend unfolded.
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This morning I posted a full wrap-up of 2020 Bundaberg Invitational detailing the event wins of Lachlan Richardson, Aaron Kleier and Jackson Gray.
After posting a riding percentage of 20.46% last weekend in Caboolture, the cowboys appreciated the more familiar set of bulls, covering 28.95% in the Rum City. The above-average weekend pushed the qualified ride rate up to 22.83%.
In both events, we saw the cowboys go 11-for-38 result posting a combined average ride score of 82.85 points. That is 0.32 points above the standard for the 2020 season.
That average score is also the second-highest of the year at PBR Australia tour stops with ten or more qualified rides. Bundaberg sits behind the Tamworth Iron Cowboy where the average reached 84.40 points.
There were some big movers in the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings.
Aaron Kleier closed the gap between himself and No. 1 ranked Lachlan Richardson to 44-points after he finished third in Event 1 and shared the win in Event 2. Richardson has amassed 279-points so far in the 2020 season.
Jake Curr jumped from 13th and into the Top-5 with strong performances in both events. He is now 168.5 points adrift of the ratings leader.
Also making big moves were Event 2 co-champion Jackson Gray and Braydon Wellby. Gray collected his first points of the season and moves into spot No. 8 while Wellby collected points in both events to move into 12th place at his first event of the year.
Caiden Sandilands and Zane Hall also made a leap from the back of the pack and into the Top-20.
After speaking with a bunch of riders behind the chutes on Saturday, I think we will see the riding percentage climb as the riders get into a rhythm and confidence grows throughout the field.
The PBR experience level is well down on what we are used to, with many veterans missing through injury, travel restrictions or retirement. The current field is choc-a-block full of emerging talent, and many have just a handful of events under their belt. As this experience grows, so will the riding percentage.
Back into the statistics now and lets focus in on the bulls and stock contractors.
The bovines posted an average bull score of 41.63 points across the two events. Event 1 came in almost right on the season average of 41.32 points with 41.33 points, but in the second performance, we saw the bar lifted to 41.92 points.
The high marked out of the day came in at 44.5 points and that was achieved four times.
Booger Beach from Dittmann Bucking Bulls continues to impress and remains unridden, accounting for two of those 44.5 scores. He bucked of Ty Thomson in the first session and Caiden Sandilands in the second event with a combined buck off time of 5.75 seconds.
Fourteen bulls made their PBR Australia debut in Bundaberg. Flying Hippie from Wallace Bucking Bulls was one of those bulls and he was outstanding with his 44.5 point trip, combining with Aaron Kleier for 89-points and the highest ride score of the event.
The fourth 44.5 point trip went to POA Fully Locked & Loaded and Dittmann Bucking Bulls. The reigning PBR Austalia Bucking Bull of the Year accounted for Michael Smith in 5.88 seconds during the Event 2 Championship Round.
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Cooper Davis picked up a big win with a 269.5 point aggregate in Nebraska to move into 8th in the PBR World Standings.
The Texan went 3-for-3 across the weekend in Lincoln and capped off the win with a 92.5 point trip aboard Hocus Pocus (D&H Cattle / Almand / Lone Star / Outlaw) in the Championship Round.
Also finishing with three scores was New York’s Daylon Swearingen who covered SweetPro’s Bruiser for 88 points in the final round to fill the runner up position. Bruiser was back to his old self, posting an event high 45.75 point bull score.
Seven riders finished the event 2-for-3 including JB Mauney (5th) and Jose Vitor Leme (6th). Leme remains No. 1 in the world with a lead of over 550 points to his nearest rival.
Aussie’s Aaron Kleier and Lachlan Richardson remain positioned inside the Top-30 on the 2020 PBR World Standings.
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Mackay’s Ky Hamilton was down early on night 1 at the multi-event stop in Casper, Wyoming, but he made amends with a second-place finish in Event 2.
Hamilton was 85-points aboard Major Threat (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) in the long round, which had him placed fifth entering the final round.
In the Championship Round, the 20-year-old covered Okeechobee Bull Co’s Fat Boy for 88 points to move into the event lead. But he was surpassed by event winner Kyler Oliver from Missouri, who eclipsed Hamilton’s total of 173 points by just half a point.
The result moves Hamilton up to 76th in the World Standings, and 33rd in the Velocity Tour Standings.
Stay tuned to Ride The Rage for full coverage of this week’s PBR action.