PBR Des Moines Comes To A Close With Excitement On Championship Sunday!

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As the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series came to a close earlier this afternoon in Des Moines, Iowa fans left with a level of excitement that could be felt throughout the Wells Fargo Arena.  After a fantastic three total rounds of competition the world standings leader board has some interesting changes as well as some burning questions that the loyal PBR fan base will have as the first part of the season comes to a close in two short weeks.

Reigning and defending PBR World Champion J.B, Mauney still remains the man on top by a mere 125 points while there was a lot of moving and shaking going on in the positions just behind him.  The race will take a break in two weeks after the Last Cowboy Standing/Helldorado Days event in just two short weeks.  After this stop for the Des Moines Invitational the top 35 bull riders in the world will be needing the week off as they heal up and look towards the next PBR Major event of the first part of the year, The Last Cowboy Standing.

during the second round of the Des Moines Built Ford Tough Series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Guilherme Machi Shows He Still Has It With A Round Two Win

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Round three of the 2016 Des Moines Invitational started off with a bang but much like last night things seemed to fizzle down throughout the round that left the sold out crowd inside of the Wells Fargo Arena only seeing one more ride than the night before.  A total of twelve riders were able to fare better than their bovine counterparts on this Sunday afternoon.  Everyone knew that today’s round was going to be a tough one for the cowboys but it was round one that caused three of the top bull riders in the world to bow out before round two even began.

Today the best bucking bulls in the business gave a majority of the cowboys more than they could handle as they were dumped unceremoniously to the ground one by one.  After everything was said and done it would be a past world champion that would claim the round win after fighting through injuries all season.  Brazilian bull rider Guilherme Marchi would come out number on in the round after riding J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls / Gene Owen’s Striker to the eight second buzzer for a score of 87 solid points!


Complete Round Two Qualified Rides Recap:

                          Guilherme Marchi (87.00)                                                    Derek Kolbaba (86.75)

                         Gage Gay (86.50)                                                                      Cooper Davis (86.25)

                        Kaique Pacheco (85.25)                                                          Jay Miller (85.00)

                       Wallace Vieira de Oliveira (84.75)                                     J.B. Mauney (84.25)

                      Reese Cates (84.25)                                                                   Joao Ricardo Vieira (84.25)

                     Fraser Babbington (83.00)                                                    Cody Nance (82.75)

during the second round of the Des Moines Built Ford Tough Series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

J.B. Mauney Tries To Tame Another Beast In Championship Round

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One the third round of competition was concluded and the injury list was complete it was time for the top 14 cowboys that were left to walk across the arena floor to choose their bull in the customary championship round bull draft.  From the get go the choices that the top 35 bull riders in the world made earlier today sparked excitement that would be carried over the round itself.  The ride totals were less than stellar but the guts and determination that these guys showed earlier today was undeniable.

The one match-up that everyone has been wanting to witness had the chance to become a reality as the bull draft began atop the shark cage in the center of the arena.  The 2-time reigning and defending world champion J.B. Mauney has earned the nickname “Dragon Slayer” but there has always been one bull that he has wanted to tame and today he had the opportunity to do so which left everyone on the edge of their seats.  The match on the century was set as J.B. Mauney manned up to pick Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team’s Air Time!  Although Mauney only lasted 3.63 seconds this time we all know there will be other opportunities for these two to match up again!

during the second round of the Des Moines Built Ford Tough Series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Young Gun Derek Kolbaba Wins The 2016 Des Moines Invitational

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In today’s Championship Round it was the great bucking bulls and their stock contractors of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series that would take center stage.  After an exhausting two preliminary rounds of competition it was evident that the 14 bull riders competing in the championship round would have their work cut out for them.  Although the attention was on one match-up there were 13 other bull rides that were made.  Once things were said and done it was a dismal two bull riders that would make it to the elusive eight second buzzer.

Once the action concluded on the arena floor the celebration that only the young up and coming athletes could handle.  One man had an absolute dominating performance going 2-for-3 to claim not only the championship round but the overall win here for the Des Moines Invitational Presented By Cooper Tires.  That being said there were only two total qualified rides so the spotlight was on the two of them as they lit the Wells Fargo Arena on fire during this afternoon’s performance.  Derek Kolbaba would take home the event win with an 89 point ride while PBR veteran Guilherme Marchi would be the only other man to earn a qualified ride in the championship round with an 88 point ride!

keep in touch

Last night in our round one recap coverage we spoke about the rumors that were circulating regarding this being the last year that the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series would be making a stop in Des Moines, Iowa.  Earlier this afternoon I was able to reach out the those at the PBR headquarters to find out if this was in fact true.  According to one of my sources within the PBR it is confirmed that as the lights went out today so were the memories that were made at the Wells Fargo Arena for the “near future”.

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