Colorado bull rider Jory Markiss, coming off a third-place finish in the last PBR event, leads after the first round of the PBR's WinStar World Casino Invitational in Oklahoma City, scoring an 89 on the bull Fairy Tattoo on Friday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Sixteen of the 35 bull riders made qualified rides in Friday night's opening round, including Kinta's Austin Meier, who scored 84.75 on Under Cover Brother. Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert was bucked by Woolley Bully.
Saturday's second round begins at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Oklahoma bull bests Markiss
Jory Markiss failed to earn $3,000 when he couldn't ride the bonus bull, Shepherd Hills Tested, after Friday's first round. The opportunity to ride the bonus bull for cash goes to the top rider of the round.
Shepherd Hills Tested is owned by the D&H Cattle Co., of Dickson, and was last season's American Bucking Bull Classic World Champion Bull, winning more than $300,000 as a 4-year-old bucking bull.
Low score but big applause
Douglas Duncan of Alvin, Texas, who is currently second in the PBR standings, had the lowest score of the qualified rides Friday night, but it was the most crowd pleasing.
Duncan scored a 68.25 on Paradise and was hanging on the side of the bull, upside down, when the eight-second buzzer sounded.
Home state cowboys are sparse
The only two Oklahoma cowboys in this year's PBR event in Oklahoma City are Austin Meier of Kinta and Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert.
In the past, as many as five Oklahoma cowboys have appeared in the event. But L.J. Jenkins of Porum will miss the Oklahoma City tour stop with an injury, Jody Newberry of Ada has retired, and Ryan McConnel of Coalgate isn't on the Built Ford Tough Series tour.
Despite Jenkins having to skip this weekend's bull riding, he still had a good night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Friday. The bull Jenkins owns, Maximus, bucked off former PBR world champ Mike Lee of Texas.
This is the 13th time that the PBR has included Oklahoma City as a stop on its Built Ford Tough Series, the highest level on the professional bull riding tour.
The PBR visits Oklahoma twice more this year, in Tulsa Aug. 17-18 and in Thackerville on Aug. 30-31, the only outdoor event on the tour.
ABBI Futurity on Saturday
The first American Bucking Bull Inc. Futurity event of 2013 will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Approximately 50 bulls are expected to compete. Futurity events feature 2-year-old bucking bulls in competition against each with a 25-pound mechanical dummy aboard. The event is free and open to the public.
The ABBI introduces young bucking bulls at PBR events around the country.
Bull riders at Bass Pro, Langston's
Bull riders will be signing autographs from noon until 1 p.m. Saturday at Bass Pro Shops in Bricktown.
From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the store, there will be stick bull-riding and bull roping for kids as well as mechanical bull rides.
PBR in-arena announcer Clint Adkins will host a fishing seminar at the store at 3 p.m.
Bull riders also will be appearing at Langston's in the stockyards on Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wool Warriors event in Yukon
In Yukon on Saturday, children ages 4 to 7 who weigh less than 60 pounds will be able to compete in Wool Warriors at Homeland, 2400 S. Cornwell Drive, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The top five sheep riders will advance to the championship round, which will be held during intermission of the WinStar World Casino Invitational on Saturday night at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.