Top Bull Riders In The World Try To Bounce Back In Springfield

After a tough weekend in Oklahoma just seven days ago the top 35 bull riders in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series looked to rebound from a dismal performance that left each of them wondering what had happened.  As the PBR made its way back to the Midwest it was Springfield, Missouri’s turn to host a tour stop for the ninth year as the Invitational was set to begin inside of the JQH Arena.  The nerves were on edge as each and every contestant had something to prove here this weekend.

Once the doors opened and the fans began to file in everyone was hoping to see more than fourteen total qualified rides throughout this weekend’s performances.  With the end of the 2017 regular season beginning to wind down the time is now for anyone wanting to make big moves to put themselves in contention for a world title of their own.  Along with those at the top, there are a few on the bottom that were looking for a big weekend as well to secure their spot within the top 35 in the world standings.

Cooper Davis Celebrates His Round Two Win With Young Son Taking Center Stage

Photo Credit: Rokin’ K Photos / Jeana Wilson-Kilcrease

When the lights shined bright on the arena floor it signified the beginning on yet another legendary year here in Springfield, Missouri.  This is always one of the highlighted stops during the year that each and every cowboy looks forward to as the sold-out crowds here are unlike any other and are very passionate about the sport of professional bull riding.  That being said, last night’s round one would not be easy as the three and four-year-old bulls of the ABBI Classic division would once again make an appearance, much to the dismay of the top 35 bull riders facing them!

When the action began it looked early on as if the tides would turn for the cowboys but quickly cooled down as the field fell by the wayside.  Last weekend’s round one where the same bulls were seen only gave us a total of five qualified rides and last night would not be much different as only eight would manage to make the whistle here in Springfield.  Of those eight only one man would come out atop the leader board and that would be the reigning and defending PBR World Champion Cooper Davis with an 87.50 point ride aboard Cord McCoy / Joe & Nina Webb’s Relentless for the round one win!

Complete List Of Round One Qualified Rides:

                                        Cooper Davis (87.50)                                                            Koal Livingston (86.75)

Rubens Barbosa (86.50)                                                      Mike Lee (86.00)

Eduardo Aparecido (85.50)                                                 Gage Gay (85.00)

Brennon Eldred (82.50)                                                       Nevada Newman (76.50)

Rubens Barbosa Comes Up Short On $10,000 Bounty Bull

Photo Credit: Rokin’ K Photos / Jeana Wilson-Kilcrease

After a tough, grueling and very painful round one on many of the top bull riders in the world the night was not over as the Invitational always has a very special opportunity for one lucky cowboy following the round one performance.  Each year the winner of round one has the chance to partake in a bounty bull ride worth a cool $10,000 to go either to the cowboy for a qualified ride or to a very deserving charity with a dominating buck off by the bovine athlete.

Tonight’s round winner Cooper Davis ended the first round quite sore and knew what the ultimate goal was at the end of the season, another world championship title, so he made the decision to turn down the bounty bull opportunity.  That being said that would open up the door for the next riders on the list as Brazilian Rubens Barbosa was the one to step up to the plate.  Last night the unridden bull Shakey from the McConnell’s Bucking Cattle’s string of livestock would dispatch Barbosa early maintaining his domination unridden streak and giving the $10,000 to a local charity in the Springfield, Missouri area!

Tonight, once again, left us all wanting more which we are hoping to see tonight in round two and the 15/15 Bucking Battle.  The Rodeo Round Up will once again have our team members and partners from Rokin’ K Photos on hand to bring you all the action through their camera lenses for all the followers of!  We appreciate all the efforts they make to provide us with our top quality photos we use for our stories each and every week!

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