As the week long 2014 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event comes to a close the new World Champions and Rookie of the Year were announced to cap off a very memorable season brought to you by CBS Sports Network and the entire CBS family. From witnessing season ending injuries to knuckle biting challenges and replays the PBR fans in attendance were put through the roller coaster of emotions felt by everyone inside the Thomas & Mack arena. We all were able to witness the retirement of one of the best bucking bulls in the history of the business, the legendary bucking bull Bushwacker.
J.W. Harris talks with the media after his high marked ride of round five
Photo Credit: Foto Cowboy
Performance number five was just as rank of a performance as last night with, once again, only six qualified rides throughout the entire night leading up to the top fifteen in the Championship Round. Nobody was better than 4-time defending Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association bull riding World Champion J.W. Harris. As the fifth round began Harris was the first of the top 35 riders to nod their head one last time for the 2014 PBR season and made it well worth his while he started the night off with the highest marked ride of the round, a 90.50 point ride aboard Pound The Alarm owned by Gene Owen and J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls.
Once the scores were added up and the final standings were in place the anticipation of wanting to know who would make it back to the Championship Round were answered as the top 15 cowboys in the world were set to take on the top 15 bucking bulls in the world in a epic showdown inside the Thomas & Mack on Sunday afternoon. Four of the top riders were able to make the whistle creating a confetti filled arena during the sixth and final round of the 2014 PBR BFTS season.Eduardo Aparecido was able to ride Roy for 93.25 points as was J.W. Harris on top of Honey Hush. Silvano Alves was able to conquer Asteroid on a not so up to par trip for a combined score of 87.25
Along with the World Championship races decided this week in Las Vegas we also remembered the legendary careers of two very special bucking bulls. Bushwacker who has been featured in some of our coverage throughout the week came out of the bucking chutes one last time on Sunday afternoon and became the 2014 World Champion Bucking Bull in the process. Another fantastic bucking bull that has now been retired after today’s championship round was Berger Bucking Bulls bull Smackdown. The Rodeo Round Up caught up with the 2014 PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger to find out what he has planned for him in the future! See what he has to say during our interview below…
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