Traditionally, the Ty Murray Invitational here in Albuquerque, New Mexico has proven to be a tough event for the top 35 bull riders that compete here each year. Last night, in round one, that stigma was changed a bit as the bull riders had one of the top performances we have seen in the past 21 years inside of “The Pit” as 15 qualified rides were made. The monster night that these cowboys had just 24-hours ago has set the stage for a tremendous round two here tonight and a championship Sunday showdown tomorrow afternoon!
Beginning tonight, the bovine power will be stepped up a bit from what these cowboys saw in round one and moving forward throughout the weekend it will continue to get tougher and tougher on the bull riding superstars. After seeing those 15 qualified rides last night fans watching can expect to see a lot less of those qualified rides over the next two days of action inside of the WisePies Arena. The anticipation of the championship round where Pearl Harbor will make his return is at an all-time high to see what the marquee match-ups will be tomorrow afternoon.
Bad Moon Rising Earns The Top Bull Score In Round Two
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Throughout the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series season the spotlight shines brightly on those top-tier bull riding athletes that compete week in and week out but there is another side to the story that is quickly gaining momentum each and every year. The bovine superstars are gaining as much of a fanbase as the riders themselves and that proved to be the case here tonight as well. Many times the bull scores were announced and the sold-out crowd did not have a problem letting the judges know if they agreed or not.
Tonight some of the best stock contractors in the world converged on Albuquerque to showcase the raw talent that they carry with them week to week. Along with the absolute power these animals portray, they also prove that they know the game as well as the riders that are sitting atop of them. In round two, many notable names were announced but none of them could beat the 44 point bull score that Dakota Rodeo/Herald Pro Bulls/Clay Struve/Chad Berger’s Bad Moon Rising put up on the board to take home the top bull score honor here on Saturday night.
Eduardo Aparecido Rises To The Occasion Here In Round Two
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Coming into tonight’s second round of the Ty Murray Invitational, the top 35 bull riders in the world were looking to continue their good fortunes that were obtained in round one last night. Stormy Wing made his way up above the cut line and Guilherme Marchi continued his trek towards his 600th career BFTS ride. Along with these two highlights, 12 other riders managed to carry a score over into tonight’s second round of bull riding action. Both fans and riders themselves were full of energy and ready to bring on their opponents as round two was set to begin here on Saturday night!
As stated earlier, the bovine power would continue to become tougher and tougher as the rounds move forward here in Albuquerque and tonight was evidence that this would be true. After a brutal round two concluded there would be only 11 of those 35 bull riders competing here that would manage to earn a qualified ride setting up for a fantastic round three performance tomorrow afternoon. That being said, current world number one Eduardo Aparecido would reign supreme and take home the round two win with his 88.75 point effort aboard D&H Cattle Company’s Mudshark
Complete Break-Down Of Qualified Rides In Round Two Posted Below:
Eduardo Aparecido (88.75) Cooper Davis (88.50)
Shane Proctor (88.25) Dakota Buttar (88.25)
Dener Barbosa (88.25) Stormy Wing (88.00)
Matt Triplett (87.25) Cody Nance (87.25)
J.B. Mauney (86.25) Chase Outlaw (86.25)
Guilherme Marchi (82.75)
Tonight proved to be a little tougher that the round these cowboys faced just 24 hours ago and as we look forward to tomorrow afternoon’s final rounds the bovine athletes do not get any easier. The much-anticipated return of World Champion bucking bull contender Pearl Harbor will take center stage. If Pearl Harbor comes back and continues what he has done early on in the season I can safely say that those in attendance tomorrow will witness an out for a future world champion bucking bull.
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