Round number four of the 2014 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals proved to be one that many of the top 35 cowboys in the world would like to forget very soon. Going into Championship Sunday tonight’s round was the lowest riding percentage round of the entire 2014 event. Only nine of the of the best bull riders of the modern era were able to conquer there opponents for the entire 8 second ride for a qualified score which really tightens up every race that is associated with the finals this year held inside the Thomas & Mack arena in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada!
The first three sections of round four were what set the record straight as for how the night was going to be with only three riders making the whistle to receive a score to make sure their confidence was where it needed to be going into rounds five and six of Championship Sunday to determine who will be the next World Champion. In section one only Josh Faircloth was able to make a qualified ride against Tar Heel to a tune of 77.50 points while in section two there were two riders to make the whistle and set the crowd on fire. Ryan Dirteater was able to ride the same bull that J.B. Mauney covered in round one Wednesday night , More Big Bucks for a score of 87.25 while Lachlan Richardson scored 84.25 aboard Comfortably Numb rounding out the qualified riders for section two. None of the contestants in section three were able to make the 8 second whistle for a qualified ride.
J.B. Mauney’s round four winning ride aboard Brusier
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Sections four through six each gained two more riders making that elusive whistle that the PBR fans were waiting to hear all night long with six qualified rides to round out the fourth round of the 2014 PBR World Finals. 2013 PBR World Champion started off section four with a round winning ride aboard Brusier making a 93.25 score, the second 90 plus score in as many nights, and catapulted him to the top of World Finals event standings and giving him his second go round win in two days as well. The other cowboy to cover in section four was rookie Tanner Byrne aboard Jo Jo for 87.75 points setting him up nicely for the rookie of the year race. Take a look at J.B. Mauney’s winning rider below!
Section five started off with Brazilian Eduardo Aparecido making the whistle aboard Set Em’ Up Joe to the tune of 82.75 while Matt Triplett scored 89 points on Delco making the World Title and event title race that much closer going into Championship Sunday. The round four performance ended on a high note with two of the top four bull riders in the world make qualified rides to make sure the fans in attendance left feeling excited for Sunday afternoon. Fabiano Vieira rode Hungry Eyes for 86.50 points while the number two man in the world Silvano Alves made the whistle on Freakster for a 86.25 score making up much needed ground on the number one man in the world Joao Ricardo Vieira.
Rookie of the year contender Tanner Byrne at the round four press conference
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See what rookie of the year contender Tanner Byrne has to say during the post event press conference following round four of the 2014 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. Tanner was joined by the Brazilian that is on fire and making a run at the World Championship, Silvano Alves. It is interesting to hear the mutual respect that each of the bull riders have for each other. The Rodeo Round Up: Unplugged that is part of the audio below features one of the founders of the PBR, legend Cody Custer. Hope you all enjoy the podcast today and look for the finals special edition after the 2014 Professional Bull Riders World Champion is crowned Sunday afternoon inside the Thomas & Mack arena.