26 September 2015
By Ted Stovin
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania – A pair of top three finishes back to back to Tanner Byrne have him within reach of the 2015 PBR World Championship.
After night one on at the Allentown Invitational, Byrne sits 2,330 points behind World Standings leader J.B. Mauney. With 2,000 points available at the World Finals next month, the 23 year-old is already in contention.
It’s a long shot, but another good finish this weekend and a good showing in Tucson, AZ next week would put him within reach.
Either way, Byrne has solidified himself as one of the top bull riders on the entire planet. With a month left in the season, he’s already won $125,000 and leads the charge towards what could be his first PBR Canadian Title.
Last night in Pennsylvania, the youngest member of Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team was bucked off in the first round of competition but rode his bull in the final 15/15 bucking battle of the year. Unfortunately, he didn’t earn any points but tonight leaves an open door.
Next month, Tanner is set to compete at his second PBR World Finals. Older brother, Jesse, pending the official votes, makes his eighth appearance under the bright lights and shiny dirt. One appearance was as an alternate.
Fellow Canadian, Aaron Roy sits 25th in the PBR’s World Standings, and is poised to qualify for his seventh World Finals. Roy qualified from 2008 to 2013 but was sidelined from competition in 2013 due to an injury sustained at the Calgary Stampede. 15 marks his first return to Las Vegas since 2012.