Over the last two nights of action here in Springfield, Missouri we have witnessed the top thirty-five bull riders in the world struggle more than we have seen throughout much of the 2018 season as each and every one of them were left wondering what had gone wrong here this weekend. That being said, there have been some fantastic moments that we have been able to watch but that is largely overshadowed by the outstanding performances by the Professional Bull Riders premier bovine athletes. We talk quite a bit about the passionate fans that follow their favorite bull riders but this weekend the fans were left figuring out who their favorite bucking bull could be. All that was set in place to take a dramatic turn as round three was set to kick off Championship Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd inside of the JQH Arena!
Once the lights began to shine brightly down on the arena floor and the music began to grow louder, the energy inside of the arena on Championship Sunday was undeniable as the fans began to make their way towards their seats for the start of round three. Coming into the final day of competition, having the chance to still leave Springfield with an event win was still a viable option for the entire field. That said, usually, throughout a three-day event, you have to have had a pretty good weekend to still be in the hunt but today only fourteen riders carry even one score over into the third round on Championship Sunday. This means that if any rider could post up a solid score they would virtually make it back to the championship round without any far shadow of doubt and each and every one of them knew this coming into today’s action!
Kaique Pacheco Cashes In The Event Win In Springfield
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
As things began to take shape here in Springfield, the final two rounds of competition were set to begin with the round three and championship round performances on Sunday afternoon. Over the past two nights, the rides have been few and far between and, unfortunately, that same trend would continue throughout this afternoon’s action as well. In round three there were only eight qualified rides made bringing the total to twenty-five over the entire weekend with seven on Friday, eleven on Saturday and today’s low total as well. Once the championship round began, we would not be able to add ANY more numbers to the total making this weekend’s event the lowest percentage for a three-day event over the entire year. This will do nothing but spark more talk and speculation as to if rodeoing hard over the summer break is the best options for the cowboys in the PBR tour.
Along with all of the lackluster performances that we had to endure over the weekend, there is always at least one that manages to rise above the rest and have a weekend to remember to capitalize on everyone else’s shortcomings. This weekend was no different as the “Ice Man’ Kaique Pacheco could not do anything wrong and ran away with the 2018 PFIWestern.com Invitational event win after taking home two of the three round wins prior to the championship round where no one managed to make a qualified ride. His efforts gained him another 700 world title race points that helped him spread his lead out a little further in the 2018 world championship title race. Now that we can all put this weekend behind us we look ahead to a fun run to Las Vegas with a ouple of new event venues along with some of the favorite tour stop for the top bull riders in the world!
Complete Breakdown Of Round Three Qualified Rides From Springfield:
Kaique Pacheco (88.00) Luciano De Castro (87.75)
Cooper Davis (85.75) J.B. Mauney (85.75)
Ramon de Lima (85.25) Claudio Montanha Jr. (84.50)
Gage Gay (82.75) Ryan Dirteater (85.50)
Many of you may notice that this final championship Sunday round recap is a little on the shorter side and that is for a good reason, there was nothing to report on as all fifteen bull riders managed to come down early in the championship round while the bovine athletes proved dominant throughout the entire weekend here at the PFIWestern.com Invitational. While everyone watched the Fearless One Frank Newsome becoming involved in a freak accident, many were left wondering how he is doing and we have an update for you! Frank was awake and talking and actually began walking around the locker room later in the night and his wife has let everyone know that they are still heading to the hospital to get the all clear and see how long, if any time at all, that he will be out of action. All of us at the Rodeo Round Up wish Frank a speedy recovery and can not wait to see him inside of the arena again in the very near future!
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