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Nathan Schaper of North Dakota hangs on to win PBR event in OKC

The bull Percolator put Schaper on his side early in the ride, but the PBR young gun hung long enough on to earn a score of 79 and win the fourth tour stop of the season.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 26, 2014

“It's not easy to win one of these events. There are lots of good riders and the caliber of these bulls is great. If you can get a win, it's pretty special, I think.”

Schaper, who at 6-1 is the tallest bull rider on the Built Ford Tough circuit, won more than $34,000 during the weekend event.

Finishing second was Brazilian bull rider Joao Ricardo Vieira, the reigning 2013 PBR Rookie of the Year, who earned more than $22,000.

Vieira was the leader heading into Sunday's final two rounds but was bucked off by the bull Iron Man on the first ride of the day.

Former PBR world champ Mike Lee of Decatur, Texas, finished third in the event to remain the season points leader on the tour.

Defending PBR world champ J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., was two for five on bulls over the weekend, including being dusted by world champion bull Bushwacker in Saturday night's bonus round, to finish 11th in Oklahoma City.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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