PBR notebook: Colorado bull rider Jory Markiss leads after first round

Colorado bull rider Jory Markiss 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.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 25, 2013
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photo - Douglas Duncan hangs on the side of Paradise long enough to score a 68.25 during the WinStar World Casino Invitational PBR bull riding event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Douglas Duncan hangs on the side of Paradise long enough to score a 68.25 during the WinStar World Casino Invitational PBR bull riding event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.

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by Ed Godfrey
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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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