The west coast has been treating the top 35 bull riders in the world very nicely as the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series has made its way to the great state of California for the annual west coast run. Last week in Sacramento the sold out crowds inside of the brand new Golden 1 Center witnessed some of the best bull riding action in the world which came close to setting a new record for most bull ridden in an event after covering more than 50 bulls throughout the weekend.
This weekend these cowboys hoped to carry on the confidence that was regained last weekend as the Frontier Communications Showdown Presented By Ariat Boots began. Many of these bull riders are competing to stay on tour while others look to continue to forge up the world standings with solid performances. Nine alternates will be competing here this weekend, two of which are J.W. Harris and Brady Sims, and will see if they have enough to make the cut after Saturday night’s action. Three fan favorites, Luis Blanco, Tyler Harr and Nathan Schaper, have the possibility of being dropped from tour if they can not rise into the top 30 in the world standings.
Nathan Schaper Comes Up Short In Round One
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
This weekend marks the fifth event of the 2017 Professional Bull Rides Built Ford Tough Series and for those of you that follow the organization knows what that means. After tomorrow night’s championship round here in Anaheim some of your favorite cowboys will be leaving the tour as the PBR makes the first cut of the season. Three of the superstars, in particular, have to make some rides and earn some points if they want to stay on tour. After this weekend Luis Blanco, Tyler Harr and Nathan Schaper all face the dreaded cut that comes just 24-hours from now!
All in all there are nine alternates competing here this weekend and include Brady Sims and PRCA World Champion J.W. Harris. Each of these athletes knew what they had to do here in round one and most of them did just that, cover their bovine counterpart for the required eight seconds of fury! Even though they did earn a score we will have to see if it will be enough to earn them some big event points following tomorrow night’s championship round here at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California!
Joao Ricardo Vieira Earns The Round One Win Here In Anaheim
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
The Honda Center in Anaheim, California was full of excitement as the ice became dirt and the first round of the Frontier Communications Showdown Presented By Ariat Boots began. The feeling that the sold out fans got quickly here on this fateful Saturday night was of anticipation to see a majority of the top bull riders in the world to make it to the eight-second buzzer. Once the excitement began down on the arena floor there would be no fan left in their seats as the bull riders gave all the fans exactly what they were expecting to see!
Once the first round began it was apparent that we would see the same type of weekend that we saw just one week ago. After round one was concluded it was the fan favorite bull rider, Joao Ricardo Vieira, who would end up on top of the field as the round winner. After all was said and done there would be a total of 12 of the top 35 bull riders that would earn a score here in round one. Vieira was able to earn a solid 87.75 point ride atop of Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s More Big Bucks to bring the sold-out crowd to their feet to cheer him on as he celebrated his round one win down on the arena floor carrying the fans excitement with him with every step he made!
Complete List Of Round One Qualified Rides Posted Below:
Joao Ricardo Vieira (87.75) Cooper Davis (87.25)
J.W. Harris (87.25) Shane Proctor (86.75)
Marco Eguchi (86.75) Guilherme Marchi (85.75)
J.B. Mauney (85.00) Silvano Alves (84.00)
Mason Lowe (83.75) Mike Lee (83.25)
Dener Barbosa (80.75) Gage Gay (77.75)
Now that the fifth stop of the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series is underway the nervousness of many of the bull riders on the bottom can be seen and felt here inside of the Honda Center. After tonight’s round one performance we will see if those down at the bottom of the top 35 world standings will be able to take advantage of the rider friendly bulls that are here on the west coast this year. Tomorrow night’s final rounds are shaping up to be something that you do not want to miss as we begin Saturday Night Live in just under 24-hours from now!
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