After last night’s round one the fans watching around the world and those witnessing live ran the full range of emotions as disaster struck while season-changing rides were made to leave the loyal fans of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series wondering what will happen next. After today’s final rounds the Buck Off The Island event will come to a conclusion and will leave only four short events remaining before the 2017 PBR World Finals. While one of those riders in the top ten suffered near season-ending injuries another would begin to change his season around at the exact moment that it needed to happen as the last huge push towards the PBR World Finals is knocking on our doors. It will be interesting to see what story lines will come out of this afternoon’s second and championship rounds once things begin here in Uniondale, New York for Championship Sunday!
A couple of those cowboys that we are speaking of happen to be two of the most fan-friendly and well-loved cowboys that are travelling the PBR Built Ford Tough Series this year. First of all, the heartbreak came to a sudden realization for the young gun Jess Lockwood and continued the roller coaster of ups and downs over the last three weeks. In Springfield, he was knocked out for the first time in his career and carried out of the arena on a backboard only to come back last week in Austin and win the entire event. Last night, things only got worse for him after being stepped on and suffering four broken ribs, a punctured lung and a small laceration of the kidney. On the other end of the equation, Sophomore bull rider Derek Kolbaba would end a confidence-draining 13 buck-off slump to win the first round here in Uniondale, New York!
Chase Outlaw Earns The Round Two Win Here In Uniondale
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
One night ago we were all able to witness on of the best rounds of bull riding action that we have ever seen in the history of the Professional Bull Riders organization. This, year only one other time has produced more rides than we saw Saturday night inside of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum here in Uniondale, New York! Less than 24 hours ago we were able to see a combined total of sixteen qualified rides, almost 50% of the field competing here, much more than you could say from our memories of the weeks prior where the cowboys were left wondering if they had what it took to carry on towards the 2017 PBR World Finals this coming November in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today would be a ride or die if you wanted any chance on making it to the championship round to contend for the world title points up for grabs and the title of event champion!
When things began here earlier this afternoon things looked as if it would follow the same path as everyone looked to continue down the same road that we all saw last night. The rides started fast and heavy as we began round two going a fantastic three-for-three which lit the New York crowd on fire for the rest of the afternoon. When things were finally all said and done, there would be another 16 riders that would earn a qualified ride here in round two. That being said, the man that would stand on top of the field and earn the round two win here in Uniondale would be non-other than Chase Outlaw who would put together a stellar 87.50 point ride aboard Mike Miller / Torres Brothers’ Captain as he would head into the Championship Round a few short minutes later feeling on top of the world!
Complete List Of Round Two Qualified Rides Posted Below:
Chase Outlaw (87.50) Silvano Alves (87.25)
Brennon Eldred (87.25) Stormy Wing (87.00)
Derek Kolbaba (87.00) Cody Nance (86.00)
Jordan Hansen (85.75) Gage Gay (85.50)
Stetson Lawrence (84.50) Eduardo Aparecido (84.50)
Nathan Burtenshaw (84.25) Mike Lee (83.75)
Luciano De Castro (83.75) Shane Proctor (83.25)
Shane Proctor (83.25) Cody Teel (82.00)
Brock Radford (38.75)
Derek Kolbaba Wins Top Honors In The Championship Round
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
When things were all said and done and the final qualifying round was concluded it was time to set the final field for the fifteen riders that would compete in the championship round as we determine who would walk out of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum with the Buck Off The Island event title for 2017. All of the loyal PBR fans around the world received a spark of energy and excitement that had been missing over the last couple of weeks a the championship round field would be 100% filled for the first time on three weeks with almost half of the field collecting qualified rides throughout the weekend! Once it was time for the action to begin, all those in attendance were on their feet waiting to cheer on their favorite PBR bull rider or bovine athletes down on the arena floor.
As the top fifteen riders from the event’s qualifying rounds over the last two days began to prepare themselves for the championship round, they all knew that the bull power they were going to be facing would be much more than they have seen previously. From the first buck out we all found out that the bovine athletes were wanting to take center stage bucking off twelve of the fifteen riders they faced here in this round. That being said, there would be three qualified rides and a few world championship title race points collected as the leader board suffered a major shake up. Today the man taking home the championship round win would be Derek Kolbaba as he managed a 90 point ride aboard K-C/Josie McElroy Bucking Bulls ‘ Buckey Bill to take home the overall event title and another 100 world title race points as he edges closer to being able to contend for the 2017 World Championship crown!
After another 2017 event is in the books there are four remaining before we head to Las Vegas for the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. Everyone was wondering if the top 35 bull riders in the world lost their step over the season coming into this weekend’s event. All the doubt was set aside after a tremendous event as just under 50% of all outs were covered for qualified rides. That being said, the bovine athletes here showed that they came to play as well as they proved dominate in the championship round. All this being said, there are four events remaining before the Rodeo Round Up team heads west to cover the 2017 PBR World Finals live with Rokin’ K Photos, once again, joining forces with us to bring you all of the coverage your heart desires. Stay tuned for an exciting announcement to go along with our coverage from Las Vegas in the next couple of weeks as well!
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