Last weekend the top 35 bull riders in the world put on a spectacular display of athleticism as the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic left the crowd in awe wondering what would happen here this weekend. Eugene, OR went down as a season game changer as Matt Triplett, Ben Jones and Cooper Davis all made their triumphant return to the arena floor. Triplett, who has been out for five months, came in fresh as a cucumber and within one event made his way nearly into the top 50 after a dominating performance and did not look back.
This weekend the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series rolled into Nampa, Idaho as the Dewalt Flexvolt Invitational began. Matt Triplett came into this weekend with one thing on his mind; securing himself another PBR World Finals birth with only three events remaining in the 2016 season. The bull riders came into tonight’s round one on a high after one of the season’s best events just seven days ago up in the Pacific Northwest in Eugene, Oregon and looked to carry on that momentum here in Nampa!
Ty Pozzobon Covers His Bull For A Qualified Ride In Round One
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
As the 2016 season begins to come to an end the events also being to dwindle and the top 35 bull riders in the world start to put in the extra effort that is needed to make it to Las Vegas. Earlier tonight these guys were tested with some of the best bovine athletes in the world beneath them. When the action began it was evident that the bull riders were given all that they could handle but the will and try they put out was unlike anything that we have seen yet this year.
Tonight was a change of pace as these bull riders went from a brand new stop last week to a venue they have been at for 16 years, five of those being consecutive so those riding felt comfortable in their own environment. This dynamic truly showed tonight as the action was non stop down on the arena floor from the rides themselves to Flints wild antics and the huge thunderous sing alongs that happen throughout the section breaks each night. The fans and cowboys themselves were having the time of their lives earlier tonight here in Nampa.
Shane Proctor Scores 87.50 Points Aboard For The Round One Win
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Everything came down to who would go into tomorrow with points on the board and who would have to work that much harder in round two. Earlier tonight the numbers were calculated and at the end of it all there was one man that would stand taller than the rest and left all the others chasing him down heading into round two. Even though the main focus was on the world championship race at the top many of the bubble cowboys were clawing and scratching their way back into the top 35 as well.
Tonight, there were 15 bull riders that managed to make it to the eight second buzzer and gain some much needed championship points along with the ride scores they would bring into tomorrow’s round two. That being said there was only one that would be called King of the Mountain as he was crowned the winner of the fierce round one concluded. That man would be Shane Proctor who managed to put up an 87.50 point bull ride aboard J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen’s Blind Spot.
Complete List Of Round One Qualified Rides Below:
Shane Proctor (87.50) Marco Antonio Eguchi (86.75)
Guilherme Marchi (86.00) Cooper Davis (86.00)
Chase Outlaw (85.75) Mason Lowe (85.75)
J.B. Mauney (84.50) Ty Pozzobon (83.50)
Robson Palermo (83.25) Silvano Alves (82.75)
Nevada Newman (81.50) Aaron Roy (81.25)
Ryan Dirteater (77.00) Jess Lockwood (76.00)
Kaique Pacheco (70.75)
Now that the lights inside of the Ford Idaho Center have dimmed for the night the excitement that round one generated spilled into the streets as the fans were eager for what was to come tomorrow. Each and every one of the contestants here know that time time is winding down for them to secure their spot within the top 35 in the world to guarantee a trip to Las Vegas in three short weeks to compete for the world championship title. That being said tomorrow’s final rounds should make things very interesting.
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