After an emotional and history-making weekend in Billings just two weeks ago, the top 35 bull riders in the world once again continue their quest towards that world championship title and the one million dollar payday that awaits them this coming November. That being said as we head into this weekend’s event here in Tacoma, Washington we will see some extended action as well as the final push to the end of the first half of the Built Ford Tough Series season as the summer break awaits them.
After this weekend is concluded there is only one event remaining as we head to Sin City for, yet another, PBR Major takes place with the Last Cowboy Standing event that is being held in conjunction with the PRCA’s Helldorado Days Rodeo festivities. The summer break will give the cowboys sitting on the bubble some time to hit the touring pro division and earn some points while others will take the much-needed time off to heal the ailments that they continue to have and come back strong and healed.
Stormy Wing Takes Home The Round One Win Here In Tacoma
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
As the fans began to stroll into the Tacoma Dome for the 2017 Tacoma Invitational everyone knew that history could once again be made down on the arena floor as one of the fan favorites strive for something that only two others had accomplished before him. The feat of making it to the 500 career Built Ford Tough Series ride mark would not be easy but is absolutely possible here this weekend for J.B. Mauney. He comes into the weekend with 496 career qualified rides and needs to be perfect for that historic moment to happen here in Tacoma. Saying that, we can not count him out as he has hit is hot streak as of late and is laser focused on making it to that mark before the summer break with only two events remaining.
Although the notion that Mauney could make history there were 34 other bull riders looking to make their own marks as the first round began. The “rider-friendly” pen of bovine athletes should allow for the sold-out crowd to see many qualified rides. Once the action concluded there would be a total of 18 out of the 35 bull riders here that would be able to carry a qualified ride score over to tomorrow afternoon’s round two performance. After all was said and done, Stormy Wing would be the man on top of the field after covering High View Cattle Co. / Jenkins Cattle Company’s Locke & Loaded for 88.75 points to take the round one win and the lead heading forward here in Tacoma!
Complete Break-Down Of Qualified Rides In Round One Posted Below:
Stormy Wing (88.75) J.B. Mauney (88.00)
Matt Triplett (87.00) Emilio Resende (86.25)
Cody Campbell (86.25) Joao Ricardo Vieira (85.50)
Rubens Barbosa (84.50) Kaique Pacheco (84.50)
Koal Livingston (84.50) Dakota Buttar (84.25)
Alex Marcillio (84.25) Gage Gay (84.00)
Kurt Shephard (83.75) Robson Aragao (83.00)
Stetson Lawrence (81.25) Cody Nance (81.25)
Claudio Montanha Jr. (80.50) Dener Barbosa (80.50)
Shane Proctor Wins The Tacoma 15/15 Bucking Battle Challenge
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Once the round one performance was over the bull riding action was not over as another 15/15 Bucking Battle was set to commence. After a short break to set the stage and rake the arena it was time to turn the CBS Sports cameras on and take part in this extra special round of elite bull riding match-ups. Tonight the top 15 bull riders in the world climbed aboard 15 of the rankest buckers going down the highway today. As history repeated itself, not many rides were made tonight but those that did were spectacular and put some huge points up on the leader board!
In the 15/15 bucking battle rounds the top-tier athletes in the Built Ford Tough Series have the chance to step up and do what they can to claim some extra world title race points that only they can collect of a few times a year. Tonight there were 4 out of the top 15 that would be able to do just that after making it to the elusive eight-second buzzer to earn a qualified ride. Once things were all said and done it would be Shane Proctor would come out atop of the elite field of fifteen to claim the Tacoma 15/15 Bucking Battle title. He would do just that after taming Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls’ Pearl Harbor for a huge 93.50 point bull ride and the extra world title race points that came along with it!
The fans inside of the Tacoma Dome here tonight began the night full of energy and excitement which surely did not disappoint throughout the first round of action earlier tonight. As the action ended inside of the arena the night was only beginning as the legendary 80’s rock band Warrant continued the party with a very special concert would carry all of that excitement and energy over into tomorrow afternoon’s second and championship rounds of Built Ford Tough Series action here in Washington State!
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