The 2015 season of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series officially ended and the last out inside the legendary Thomas & Mack happened earlier this afternoon as Championship Sunday came to a close. Although many of the crowns and championships were already taken the excitement and electricity inside the building was something that no one will ever soon forget. Knowing that this is the last day the the PBR would be inside the Thomas & Mack made the day that much more special for all folks involved from riders all the way down to all of us in the media corps.
Air Time In The Championship Round
Although the World Championship was clinched last night by fan favorite J.B. Mauney there was still a title to be won on Championship Sunday for the cowboys of the Professional Bull Riders. This title is the elusive World Finals event title and coming into Sunday there were many of the contestants still within reach if those above them did not do their jobs and make their rides for a qualified score. After all was said and done it was Cooper Davis who eventually claimed the title and the $250,000 that goes with it. Davis was able to claim victory with one qualified ride today atop Moto Moto owned by Girletz Rodeo Stock for 85.75 points and bucked off Cantankerous LLC’s David’s Dream in the Championship round.
The other title that was not able to be nailed down until the end of the championship round today was that of the World Champion Bucking Bull title for the 2015 season. After the first buck out round earlier in the week it was Jared Allen’s Homes For Wounded Warriors Air Time that took the lead heading into today’s final round bringing with him a whopping 47 point bull score. Air Time and stock contractor Matt Scharping stunned as the low bull scores were read throughout the night laying victim to Air Time while only getting a bull score of 42.50 points. It was D&H Cattle Company’s bull Sweet Pro’s Long John that finally claimed the title after posting a huge 47.25 point bull score.
Chad Berger & Clay Struve Accepting Award
Once again the Stock Contractor of the Year award was handed out atop the shark tank in the center of the arena and it was a duo that is quite used to the spotlight and the title that comes with it. Clay Struve and Chad Berger, for the fifth time, received the coveted award and the huge payday that came with it. It will be interesting to see who actually gets to take the buckle home since there are two gentlemen and only one buckle to split between them!
We were able to spend some time with Air Time yesterday while catching up with Matt Scharping and his team at the bull housing facility over at the South Point Hotel and Casino. Take a listen for yourselves on what his thoughts were coming into today’s championship round which Air Time competed for the title of World Champion Bucking Bull.
The final day of the 2015 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals brought the season and their time here at the Thomas & Mack to a close. All week long the Rodeo Round Up team has given you in depth behind the scenes coverage of the nightly press conferences held in the media room following each round. Tonight is no different as we bring you the biggest of the week as we take a listen to what all the World Champions on the stock contractor and bucking bull side have to say as the season draws to a close!
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