Stetson Lawrence’s win in Maine closes out a massive weekend in the PBR, and it was a busy one on RidePass with all events featuring Australian riders.
Let’s take a look at how they fared:
2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour – Ballarat, VIC.
The bulls dominated the 2020 Ballarat Stampede, allowing just three qualified rides at the fifth PBR Australia event of the season.
Two of those scores belonged to Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson who stayed perfect to claim the buckle and the 28th win of his PBR career.
2020 PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Little Rock, AR
Aaron Kleier was the lone Australian rider on the PBR’s Premier Tour, and with a bunch of riders missing through injury and other commitments, there were loads of points available.
Kleier was out late on Crap Shoot from D&H Cattle and Craig Moore. The bull took one jump out and turned sharply to the left. Then the bull took another leap and Kleier ended up out over the front. The dismount looked ugly, but Kleier seemed ok. The buck off came at 2.81 seconds, and the bull was scored 42-points.
Kleier drew a nice one from Blake Sharp, Henry Wilson and my good buddies at Caveman Bucking Bulls called Slingin’ Tears. The bull turned back into Kleier’s hand, but he got behind and had to make some big moves to try and catch up. He was unable to recover and was out the back 5.32 seconds with 42.5 points going to the bull.
Ramon de Lima became the eleventh rider to cover Big Black on his way to winning the event as the only rider to finish 3-for-3. The Brazilian and the bucker from K-C Bucking Bulls and Joe & Nina Webb combined for 90.5 points in the final out of the night to seal the win.
2020 PBR Velocity Tour – Bangor, ME.
Clermont’s Brady Fielder and Moura’s Lawson Nobbs headed to the north-east for the only three-day PBR Velocity Tour event of 2020.
Nobbs was there to defend his 2019 event crown, while Fielder was looking to get back within striking distance of an Unleash The Beast berth.
Nobbs was out very early aboard Hurricane Tested from Kruger Bucking Bulls. The bull turned back away from his hand and to the right. Nobbs made some nice moves to stick with him until he got a little behind and makes the late slap at 7.52 seconds. The bull was scored 42.5 points.
Fielder had a long wait until his matchup with Shot Gun from Cornwell Bucking Bulls and Bierema Rodeo. The bull took one jump out and turned back into Fielder’s hand. The bull was leaping high in the air, and Fielder looked in control until the bull reversed back to the left with the clock stopped at 6.58 seconds. 41.5 points went the bull’s way. Fielder was stepped on and needed assistance to leave the arena.
Nobbs was once again the first Aussie out, and he took on Despicable Me from Triple R Bull Company. The bull turned back to the left and Nobbs spurred him up early. As the bull continued spinning into his hand, Nobbs remained in complete control, and he was awarded 85 points.
Fielder was out shorty after against J Bar W’s Tucker. The bull looked to right in his debut trip but chose to turn back left. The bull was flat but kept winding it around, putting Fielder to the end of his reach, and he just hangs in there to get a score. Judges awarded 83.5 points with the bull contributing 41-points.
Nobbs split third in the round and collected 2.5 points towards the PBR World Standings. He sat sixth in the event while Fielder was eighth after he finished fifth in Round 2 and picked up 1 point.
Nobbs faced J Bar W’s Stealing Thunder in the final long round, and the clock was stopped at 4.59 seconds. The bull took a few big hops out, with a lot of up and down. Nobbs got stretched out and had to make the slap to avoid going out over the front.
Fielder received a re-ride after his draw, Rough & Ready from Kruger Bucking Bulls looked right and hipped himself resulting in a 2.37 seconds buck off.
On his re-ride, Fielder went against Jack Wagon from Triple R Bull Company. The bull turned back to the left putting Fielder behind, and he had to hustle to make up ground. The bull lifted Fielder up, forcing him to brace with his free arm to stop from going over the front on the way down.
Nobbs‘ 85 point score from Round 2 was enough to make it back for the short-go in the sixth spot.
His opponent was Gubber from Mike Miller Bucking Bulls. The bull leaves the chutes really strong with a long leap out which put Nobbs out of position and down at 1.44 seconds.
Nobbs finished the event splitting fifth place, and he collected 4.5 points for his aggregate finish.
Note: Fielder‘s 83.5 points from Round 2 was enough to make it back for the Championship Round splitting eighth place, but he opted out. He got pretty banged up this weekend, and I will send through updates I receive.
Stetson Lawrence picked up the buckle after the bulls shut out the riders in the final round. The North Dakota cowboy was the only rider to finish with multiple scores on the board and was 2-for-4.
2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour – Lethbridge, AB.
Warwick’s Callum Miller headed north once again to competed in Canada after putting together a successful Monster Energy Tour debut back in January.
Miller drew Vold Rodeo’s One for the Money but the ride finished at 5.71 seconds. The bull took a hop out and turned back to the right for a round or two. Then he changes back to a left-handed spin, and that was enough to get Miller off balance and down. The bull was marked 44-points.
Miller went up against the well known Uptown Funk from Vold Rodeo in the third section. The bull took a look to the right but turned back to the left and made some powerful moves that had Miller playing catchup. He couldn’t recover, down at 5.03 seconds with the bull marked 42-points.
Dakota Buttar produced a clutch 86 point bull ride in the final trip of the event to remain perfect through the three rounds of competition. The Canadian needed to challenge the ruling that he was down early aboard Wild Hoggs and Corey Chmelnyk’s Tykro Pound Sand, which built the drama before he was ruled to have made the whistle.
5 v 5 Bucking Battle
PBR Canada also held a bonus round at the conclusion of the first night’s long round with Alberta cowboy Garret Green taking the win with 88.5 points aboard Vold rodeo’s Vertigo Spy.
Brock Radford finished close up with 88 points on Cool Bricks. Dakota Buttar also posted a score with 86-points on VJV Whiskey Hand.
World Standings Update
At the conclusion of the weekend, Aaron Kleier remains the highest-ranked Aussie in the 2020 PBR World Standings, but after he was shut out in Little Rock, he slipped from 13th to 16th place.
Lachlan Richardson finds himself ranked 21st in the world following his 30 point haul after winning the Monster Energy Tour event in Ballarat on Saturday night.
The injured Nathan Burtenshaw is 33rd in the standings with Troy Wilkinson in 40th the final Aussie in the Top-50.
No changes at the top with No. 1 Jess Lockwood and No. 2 Jose Vitor Leme both out with injuries. The short weekend with The American and riders such as No. 3 Joao Ricardo Vieira missing rounds on the Unleash The Beast also attributed to this.
Check back on Wednesday for a full rundown of what is coming up this week in the PBR!