ARLINGTON, Texas — RFD-TV’s “The American” captured the attention of rodeo enthusiasts last March as their qualifying format paid out the first one million dollar prize to a young bareback rider Richmond Champion in rodeo’s richest one-day payday history.
With overwhelming support from the public and contestants, this year’s qualifying rounds offer up the sought after position in the semi-finals which will be in Texas the final week of February. Up to the top ten contestants from the semi-finals will go head-to-head with the top 15 contestants from the 2014 World Standings in a one day chute out for a potential million dollar prize and huge event pay outs of over $2 million in Arlington, Texas on March , 2015 at AT&T Stadium.
Canadian bronc riding brothers Wyatt and Zeke Thurston have both advanced to the Semi’s in Fort Worth. Twenty year old Zeke qualified by winning the Professional Roughstock Series event in Loveland, Colorado with an 84 point ride on September 20th. Luke Butterfield of Ponoka, AB also finished among the top five to advance to the semi-final.
Wyatt Thurston took to the highway in Salina, Kansas where he was able to put together a top five finish for his ticket to the semi-finals.
The Thurston boys have a busy fall with a win at this past weekend’s MRCA Finals and the CCA Finals on the roster for Wyatt while Zeke is headed to the PRCA Permit Challenge during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Both brothers will make a January appearance at the PRCA Montana Circuit Finals in Great Falls.
Other Canadians qualified for the American include Gaileen Babcock and Matt Mousseau. Kristy White, CFR barrel racer is currently on the list as an alternate for the semi’s and will make one last bid to qualify in Buckeye, Arizona this winter. A number of Canadian contestants will vie for positions at qualifiers in the coming months.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The biggest day in the world of Professional Bull Riding is today and it just wrapped up with Silvano Alves and Bushwacker earning their third world titles.
Bushwacker did so in fine fashion bucking off Mike Lee putting up a score of 46.5 in the process. Alves became the only man other than J.B. Mauney to cover all his bulls at the World Finals in the process of becoming the richest athlete ever in Western Sports History passing Justin McBride at the five million dollar mark. Mauney also crossed the $5-million dollar mark this afternoon.
Mauney won today’s Championship Round with a 94 on Percolator to finish second at the finals and earn over $250,000 in the process in Vegas.
Canada showed up well this year in what was the best showing overall since Aaron Roy’s $100,000 finals a few years ago.
Tanner Byrne may not have won the Rookie of the Year title but he did show up big in Vegas and finish inside the top ten in seventh overall. Three bull rides inside the Thomas & Mack earned Tanner $43,750 for his efforts pushing his season total to $148,664 and leaving him 14th in the World concluding the season.
Ty Pozzobon took third in round five today after a big 87.5 on White Lie, the same bull that bucked off Tanner Byrne earlier in the week. Pozzobon caught tenth in the aggregate to pick up a finals check worth $32,500 pushing his season total over $127,000 leaving him in 25th on the year.
Pound the Alarm, formerly of the Wild Hoggs and Corey Chmelnyk, helped J.W. Harris to the round five win with a score of 90.25 to add another $25,000 to his earnings this week. Harris earned $224,000 this year in 14 PBR events, $160,000 of which came from the World Finals, on the back of 37 bulls and 16 qualified rides. In 2013 in the PRCA, his season total was $252,000 on an unknown amount of bulls. The NFR is ten bulls and the minimum for the season is 40 rodeos which may or may not include more than one head.
In an unforeseen turn of events, J.W. Harris also passed both Gage Gay and Tanner Byrne for the Rookie of the Year title. Not bad for a World Champ. I wouldn’t doubt the record books might have a four-time World Champ in them in 2014 for that award but I bet Harris gives the trophy to Gay. I’m interested in seeing where we see Harris spending most of his time in 2015 after finishing this season number nine concluding the finals.
Zane Lambert bucked off today and ended his year in the 28th spot in the PBR’s World Standings heading into next year as a seeded rider having earned over $114,000 this year.
Vist PBR.com for more on the conclusion of the 2014 PBR World Finals.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — PBR Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Byrne has given himself a chance at the title after registering his third score on four bulls at his first World Finals.
Byrne scored a third best 87.25 this evening to earn $12,000 in prize money. Thus moving his total on the week to $13,250 minus the $500 review last night in round three.
Tanner sits fifth in the aggregate thus far. Two time and potentially three time world champ come tomorrow, Silvano Alves, leads the aggregate as the only man to ride all his bulls.
J.B. Mauney won yet another round with a huge 93.25 tonight in round four. Ty Pozzobon and Zane Lambert were both bucked off in round four but sit within reach of tomorrow’s Championship Round.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Tanner Byrne, Ty Pozzobon and Zane Lambert sit inside the top 15 of the aggregate of the PBR World Finals at the conclusion of round three.
After registering two no-scores in the first two nights of competition, Lambert broke the ice in round three with a score of 87.5 on Guns & Donuts from Shane Gunderson. The score was tied for the sixth-best in the round worth $1,250.
Byrne, one night after receiving his first Glen Keeley Memorial Award for being the top Canadian point-earner, nearly covered his third bull of the finals. After review, the clock read 7.76 seconds unfortunately for the rookie. Playing into Tanner’s advantage however is the fact that he’s eight spots ahead of Rookie of the Year leader Gage Gay. Even with the no-score, Byrne goes into round four to face Jo Jo sitting ninth in the finals aggregate standings.
After round one, Byrne had this to say when asked about his 87 in round one. “Felt good man real good! Keep ‘er rolling one bull at a time! Definitely a dream come true though.”
Ty Pozzobon was bucked off Meat Hook but sits in the 13th spot overall having picked up $5,000 so far. Pozzobon faces Margy Time tonight in round four. The final Canadian bull we will see at the 2014 World Finals is matched up against current PBR Canadian Standings leader Stetson Lawrence tonight.
On that note, the PBR Canadian National Finals are fast approaching, November 14th and 15th in Saskatoon, SK.
Round four of the PBR World Finals from the Thomas & Mack Center starts at 6:00pm pacific.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Round three of the 2014 PBR World Finals kicks off tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center with three Canadian Bull Riders in the draw along with three Canadian bulls.
With the third pick in the round as he’s third in the aggregate, Tanner Byrne picked a bull he rode last month, a few miles down the road in Laughlin, NV for an 83.5.
Ty Pozzobon wasn’t far behind in the aggregate after a score of 88 last night on Fire & Smoke. At first Pozzobon didn’t have a score on the board. Concluding the review, it was shown that he had his hand on his rope before the eight second whistle blew even though he was near the ground. With the eighth pick in the round Ty selected Meat Hook from Bar 3D Bucking Bulls.
Zane Lambert has matched up with a bull called Guns & Donuts from Shane Gunderson of North Dakota looking for his first score in round three.
Slade Long wrote about all three matchups in The Morning Line earlier on PBR.com
The first Canadian Bull out at this year’s World Finals is Blue Crush from Vold Rodeo. As of tonight he’s actually under the names of Vold Rodeo and J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls together. 999 is matched up with Lachlan Richardson in section one.
Trendon from the Wild Hoggs is matched up against Sean Willingham in section two. The Wild Hoggs crew has some new names on this bull as well in J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls and T.A. Williams. J.A.R.S. is the same buyer of Pound the Alarm who bucked off L.J. Jenkins last night in round two.
The final Canadian bull out in round three is Bad Mama Jammer from the Flying Four team from Prince Albert, SK. Eduardo Aparecido faces off against this one in the fourth section on Friday night in Vegas.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada– Tanner Byrne and Ty Pozzobon sit in the top ten of the PBR’s World Finals Aggregate Standings after night two of competition from the Thomas & Mack Center.
A second score worth 83.75 on Superfreak left Tanner Byrne in third place next to Silvano Alves and Matt Triplett concluding round two as the only three men to ride both bulls thus far.
Pozzobon scores 88 on Fire & Smoke for fifth in the round worth a check for $5,000.
Matt Triplett took the round win with his 92 on Walk Off. Back to Byrne, Gage Gay rode his bull tonight for a few points in the round meaning things evened up once again.
Canadian representative Scott Schiffner has his week cut short after not qualifying for the eight second whistle tonight in round two. Zane Lambert also came down before the eight second whistle but has three rounds left as he’s a top 35 seeded rider.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — With complete results pending, Tanner Byrne finished in a split of sixth in round one of tonight’s PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.
A score of 87 points early on in the round was third for the majority of the evening but held up for a split of sixth with L.J. Jenkins by the time round one finished up for $1,250 each.
It’ll take a few more rides for Byrne to catch Gage Gay for the Rookie of the Year title as Gay is 9th in the World Standings after tonight. Don’t count him out yet.
Ty Pozzobon, Zane Lambert and Scott Schiffner were bucked off in round one. Schiffner needs a score in round two that leaves him in the top 15 in the aggregate for him to keep riding this weekend as the PBR Canada representative.
Round one’s $25,000 top prize went to J.W. Harris after a score of 88.75. Harris was followed by Story Wing (88.5), J.B. Mauney (88), Mike Lee and Matt Triplett (87.25).