After around one performance, just 24-hours ago, many things have happened here in Montana that caused a much-anticipated beginning of tonight’s round two. Last night there were eleven qualified rides and as we all look forward to tonight’s round we are expecting to see much more of the same as the bovines athletes are rider friendly for the most part. That being said, we all know that nothing is a sure thing in the Built Ford Tough Series but from what we all witnessed last night I can expect to see many more qualified rides and possibly some history even being made here this weekend!
Round one was huge for a few of the riders on the Built Ford Tough Series as North Dakota’s Stetson Lawrence regained his swagger after taking the round win with a beautiful 88 point ride on a night where the pro rodeo bull riders shined. Along with Eldred and Teel both making statements there was a Built Ford Tough Series 14-year veteran that was trying to make it into the history books himself here this weekend in Billings, Montana, the same place Mike Lee made history just one year ago.
Marchi Cements His 600th Career Ride In Billings
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
All eyes were on what could possibly happen here this weekend to make a mark in the PBR’s history books as something that very well may not ever happen again. Brazilian superstar and 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi came into this weekend’s event with 598 qualified rides and rose to 599 with a very emotional ride last night in round one. Marchi has become a fan favorite and an iconic figure over his 14-year career on the Built Ford Tough Series. He looked to complete his legacy in round two earlier this evening becoming the first man to ever reach the 600 career Built Ford Tough Series qualified ride mark.
Tonight Marchi would pair up with D&H Cattle Company’s Shocker for what was more than likely the most iconic ride in the history of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series. For years to come, everyone will remember the moment they all were given the gift of watching history being made inside of the Rimrock Arena once again. Tonight was the night that an 86.50 point ride would mean so much more than just the score that was put up on the board as Guilherme Marchi would reach a pinnacle that has never been done before! See what he had to say about this milestone when I caught up with him one week ago in Sioux Falls in our video interview below.
Matt Triplett Takes Home The Round Two Win In Billings
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
As round two began here earlier this evening the anticipation and expectancy of what was supposed to happen was at an all-time high after a great first round last night. Many riders on the bottom of the bubble needed to start their weekends off the right way with just a couple events left before the summer break. In a weekend that many of the top riders were out of competition it was a prime opportunity to gain some much-needed world title race points to secure their spot on the Built Ford Tough Series for the foreseeable future.
After the round was concluded the event leader board was cluttered with a slew of qualified rides from throughout the first two rounds. Adding to the eleven rides posted in round one, tonight we added another 13 to that total setting up for a huge championship Sunday performance here tomorrow afternoon! Tonight the man coming out on top of all others would be Matt Triplett who managed to put up a valiant effort aboard Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bullss’ Red Sails In The Sunset for a solid 88.25 points and the round two in here in Billings, Montana!
Complete Break-Down Of Qualified Rides In Round Two Posted Below:
Matt Triplett (88.25) Kaique Pacheco (87.75)
Shane Proctor (86.50) Guilherme Marchi (86.25)
Gage Gay (86.25) J.B. Mauney (86.25)
Troy Wilkinson (86.00) Marco Eguchi (86.00)
Koal Livingston (85.75) Luciano De Castro (84.75)
Derek Kolbaba (83.50) Jess Lockwood (83.50)
Claudio Montanha Jr. (66.50)
All of the excitement and history-making performances that have been made here this weekend all boil down to the final showdown that we call Championship Sunday tomorrow afternoon. Although many of the top 35 bull riders in the world are flying high so far this weekend only one can be crowned the Stanley Performance In Action Invitational Champion tomorrow afternoon. Follow the Rodeo Round Up as we bring you all of the action as we find out together who will take advantage and climb up the world title leader board.
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