It was a big week with around a dozen Australian bull riders invading PBR Canada for a run of Touring Pro Division events.
Let’s dive into the event recaps.
Tuesday – Cluny Touring Pro
There were a few late changes to the Cluny Draw which saw Brady Fielder pick up a second entry and Troy Berry added to the draw. Sam Payne was a late withdrawal after suffering a fractured leg over the weekend.
It was a disappointing night for the Aussie contingent, covering just 3 of the 14 bulls they faced in Alberta.
Brady Fielder shone brightest, recording a qualified ride on both of his Round 1 draws. The 19-year-old was marked 81.5 points aboard All Business (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) early in the round before coming back in the final section to combine with Edge of Tomorrow (Vold Rodeo) for a 79.5 point effort.
Donovan Rutherfurd was the only other Australian rider to receive a score in the long round. The Mount Isa cowboy covered Border King (Foley Bucking Bulls) for 81.5 points to share sixth place with Fielder heading into the Championship Round. Fielder’s second score was enough to make it back for the short-go in ninth place.
Both Fielder and Rutherfurd were unable to make the bell in the final round. Fielder was down early courtesy of Catch My Drift (Two Bit Bucking Bulls/K Rose Ranch) and Legal Issues (Wilson Rodeo) while On The Fringe ( Vold Rodeo/Dynamite Buckers) got the better of Rutherfurd.
The pair finished the Cluny Touring Pro sharing 7th place with Fielder’s second entry finishing 10th.
Chase Outlaw took the win with Gage Gay close behind also finishing 2-for-2. Dakota Buttar, Dakota Louis and Jess Lockwood filled out the remaining spots in the top-5.
View the Full Results from Cluny.
Wednesday – Ranchman’s Day 1
Five Australian’s were in the Night 1 draw at Ranchman’s PBR Charity Classic but just one cowboy was able to reach the whistle and progress to the Championship Round.
Donovan Rutherfurd put together a nice ride aboard Shine Like Justice (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls). The bull turned back into Rutherfurd’s hand and the pair were marked 82.5 points at the bell. This put him in the fifth spot heading into the Final Round.
After selling for $1000 in the charity calcutta, Rutherfurd faced Rebel Soul from Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls. The bull made a big move out of the chute and got Rutherfurd down early at around the 2-second mark.
Rutherfurd wound up sixth on the night. Canadian Shay Marks won the night with Marcos Gloria also finishing 2-for-2.
Still awaiting the Full Results from Wednesday at Ranchmans.
Thursday – Ranchman’s Day 2
Thursday was a great day for the Aussies in Calgary with three of our five cowboys making finishing the night a perfect 2-for-2 and inside the top-5 on the Leaderboard.
Will Purcell made a great ride aboard Hollywood Undead (Vold Rodeo) to hold the early lead. The bull turned back to the left, and they were marked 82.5 points.
Brady Fielder rode just a few outs later and he put his name on the leaderboard with 81 points. He made light work of Simple Man (Vold Rodeo/Dynamite Buckers).
Veteran bull Minion Stuart (Skori Bucking Bulls) didn’t have the best day, but Aaron Kleier was able to grit out an 82.5 point ride. He shared fifth place heading into the Championship Round with Purcell with Fielder just behind in eight position.
Brady Fielder was the first of the Aussies to ride in the final round and he covered his bull for 84 points. Stuntman Hank (Wild Hoggs Bucking Bulls) went to the left and Fielder made no mistakes. He took the lead on 165 points with 6 riders remaining.
On the next ride, Will Purcell moved to the top of the leaderboard after producing a brilliant ride aboard Kubota’s Summer Warrior (Wild Hoggs/Chmelnyk/Bryant). They battled it out to the right for 86.5 points, and 169 points total.
When Aaron Kleier dominated Devour (Vold Rodeo) for 88 points the Aussies sat 1-2-3 on the leaderboard. Devour turned back to the right and Kleier headed the pack with 170.5 points.
Late in the piece, Gage Gay took the aggregate lead on 171.5 thanks to a nice ride aboard Muddy Water (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle). Joe Frost also added a second qualified ride on Broken Trigger (Skori Bucking Bulls) to move into the top-5.
Kleier wound up placing second with Purcell close behind in a share of third. Fielder took out the fifth spot.
Full Results from Thursday at Ranchmans not yet posted.
Friday – Ranchman’s Day 3
The final day was another good one for the Australia riders with three of the five cowboys progressing through to the Championship Round.
Both the bull riders and the bovine athletes had to contend with plenty of rain and mud in the Ranchman’s car park but the stacked field was able to put 11 qualified rides on the board from 24 outs.
Donovan Rutherfurd was the first Aussie to ride time on Fantastic Pet (Two Bit Bucking Bulls). The pair battled it out to the left with the young gun scrambling his way to the whistle. Rutherfurd received 83.5 points for his great ride.
Brady Fielder went up against a debut bull named Mogely (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle). The little spinner turned back into Fielder’s hand, and they combined for a solid 83.5 points.
Aaron Kleier added his own 83.5 point ride aboard Uptown Funk (Vold Rodeo) in the final out of the round. Kleier made some great corrections on the previously unridden bull to join Rutherfurd and Fielder in a tie for the fifth spot.
In the Championship Round, all three Aussie riders were unable to add a qualified ride and wound up with a sixth-place finish.
The event was taken out by 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood who gapped the field with a pair of outstanding 89 point rides equalling 178 points.
Matt Triplett was second and the only other rider to finish 2-for-2 with an aggregate total of 169.5 points. Dayton Johnston, Jared Parsonage and Chase Outlaw split third place with 85.5 point rides in Round 1.
Full Results from Thursday at Ranchmans not yet available.
Saturday – Edgerton Touring Pro
If the lack of updates and results posted on the PBR Canada website during this week are any indication, we will have to wait until Tuesday next week until we see Full Results from Edgerton.
Hard to believe they can broadcast three straight days live on RidePass but can’t update Daysheets or Results.
I will include these resuts in next week’s Wrap Up!
Check back on Monday for full details of what is coming up this week in The PBR Rundown!