PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour
We will kick things off in Oregon where three Aussies took their place in the draw at the PBR’s Velocity Tour level for the Portland Classic.
2018 PBR Australian National Champion Aaron Kleier was scheduled to make his PBR debut on US soil, and he didn’t disappoint, going 2-for-2 to take home the buckle.
Kleier kicked off his night with an 83.5 point ride aboard Amped Up (Corey & Lange Pro Rodeo) in Round 1. The bull took a big leap out and turned back sharply to the left. Amped up did throw a late reversal in but it was too late.
The score was enough to place Kleier fifth heading into the Championship Round where he would face Double Down from Corey & Lange Pro Rodeo.
Double Down was strong leaving the chutes but faded as the out went on. Kleier made the whistle and initially, the 81.5 points awarded didn’t look like it was going to be enough to hold onto the win with the top four riders still to ride.
But most importantly, it was a score on the board and the Clermont talent was the one to beat.
One by one, the final riders all slapped their bulls before the whistle and Kleier was crowned champion of the Portland Classic.
The 20-year-old finished with a total score of 165-points.
Kleier earned 170 points towards the World Standings and finished the weekend in the eigth place on the PBR World Standings Leaderboard.
Kurt Shephard continued his outstanding form, splitting fourth in the event to collect a total of 22.5-points towards the World Standings which has him ranked number 30.
The Atherton bull rider went up against Mobster (Big Bend/Flying Five Rodeo Companies) in Round 1, who proved quite the challenge, entering a fast spin to the left and mixing up his pace.
Shephard was scored 84-points and headed into the final round splitting third place.
His Championship Round draw was Tequila (Corey & Lange Pro Rodeo). Tequila was a big powerful bull who took a while to turn back, eventually choosing to turn to the left. Shephard got a bit ahead and his night ended down in the well at 4.45 seconds.
Nebo’s Justin Paton went 0-for-2 after taking on two of the highest marked bulls of the night.
In Round 1, Paton faced Get Ugly (Humpz and Hornz/Sis ‘N’ Stan Bucking Bulls). The bull faked to the left and turned back to the right. He threw plenty of big moves at Paton, eventually dislodging him at the 7.21-second mark and recording a 43-point bullscore.
The buck off time was enough to make it back to the Championship Round in eighth place.
His short round bull was High Razor (Humpz and Hornz/Sis ‘N’ Stan Bucking Bulls), who was very strong and around to the right. Paton had a great seat and looked set as though he was going to make the whistle but the bull finally overpowered the 28-year-old at the 6.18-second mark. High Razor was marked 44-points.
PBR Unleash the Beast Tour
At the PBR Unleash the Beast tour event in Glendale, Arizona, Nathan Burtenshaw contested the Ak-Chin Invitational Presented By Cooper Tires.
The 24-year-old looked to have drawn well in the opening round with Crazy Horse (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Machinery Auctioneers) carrying multiple cowboys to round wins in his PBR career.
It was not the bull’s best out, marked 33-points by the judges after he turned back to the right, almost ran into the front of the next chute and stopped. He then got going again, entering a spin back to the left where he dislodged Burtenshaw. The judges awarded the Coonamble a re-ride.
Suspicious Minds (Dakota Rodeo/Berger/Struve/Heald) was the bull allocated and it looked another good draw with the Cowboys winning four of the last five outs.
Burtenshaw was almost ready to nod when the bull started bucking in the chute. After escaping to the catwalk, it was evident that he had injured his riding elbow and he was unable to take the ride.
The Coonamble cowboy was ruled out of the remained of the competition, and Burtenshaw will get an MRI on Monday. Fingers crossed the injury is not too severe
Joao Ricardo Viera took out his first event in almost three years with 255-points total on three bulls with Lucas Divino just behind on 245.5 points. Jose Vitor Leme finished 2-for-3 in third.
15/15 PBR Bucking Battle
2018 Velocity Tour Champion Alisson De Souza took out the 15/15 PBR Bucking Battle with an 89.75-point ride aboard Medicine Man (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co)
The Brazilian edged out Brennon Eldred who broke his buckoff streak against Frequent Flyer for 89.5 points.
The PBR Unleash the Beast tour continues its track west across the USA for a three-day event in Sacramento, California. There are plenty of banged up riders on the premier tour at the moment, so it will be interesting to see who gains a start with so many riders in doubt.
The only other event over the weekend will be at the PBR’s Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour level in Youngstown, Ohio.