Only five cowboys have successfully ridden two bulls after the first two rounds of the PBR’s Winstar World Casino Invitational at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Sean Willinghamof Summerville, Ga., leads the average after Saturday’s night second round with a score of 173.5 on two bulls. J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., and one of the biggest stars on the PBR Tour, is only a half-point behind.
Canada’s Ty Pozzobon is third with a score of 172 on two bulls, while Brant Atwood of Decatur, Texas is fourth at 171. Atwood had the highest score in Saturday night’s second round with an 88.25 on Blonde Bomber.
Marco Eguchi has a 146 on two. Sunday’s final round begins at 2 p.m.
Bonus bull wins again
For the second straight night, a cowboy was unsuccessful on the bonus bull, but just barely. Shane Proctor of Mooresville, N.C. earned the right to try and ride Flint for $3,000 because he won last weekend's PBR event in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Proctor was bucked off by the bull 7.61 seconds into the ride.
Tough night for Oklahomans
Austin Meier of Kinta, who scored 84.75 Friday night on Under Cover Brother, was bucked off Saturday night by Gonzo 5.7 seconds into the ride. Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert hasn't been able to ride a bull either night, getting bucked off Saturday night by Red Man 3.76 seconds into the ride.
Bushwhacker to appear Sunday
Making his debut of the 2013 season in Sunday's championship round will be Bushwhacker, the 2011 PBR world champion bull, and already considered one of the greatest bucking bulls of all time.
Bushwhacker has bucked off 35 consecutive riders on the Built Ford Tough Series, reserved for the top 35 riders on the tour, and 48 straight riders overall.
Bushwhacker has an overall career record of 52-2, including 37-1 on the Built Ford Tough Series.
He was ridden twice in 2009, both times in Las Vegas. Marcus Mariluch rode the bull for a score of 88 in an American Bucking Bull Inc., Wild Card event. Thiago Paguiato rode Bushwhacker for a score of 89.75 in round three of the 2009 World Finals
Bushwhacker actually ridden a third time, but it didn't count. Proctor rode Bushwhacker in Oklahoma City three years ago, but was disqualified when he slapped the bull with his free hand 1.9 seconds into the ride.
Bushwhacker made only nine appearances on the tour last season, partly because of an early season injury that kept him sidelined until March.
It was a wise investment
This year marks the 20th season of the PBR.
In 1992, the PBR was formed when 20 bull riders each invested a $1,000 to get it started. Last year, the PBR awarded more than $10 million in prize money and has awarded more than $120 million in the past two decades.
“It was a pipe dream,” said Michael Gaffney, one of the original investors and the 1997 PBR champion. “In fact, the check I wrote was hot.”
That's no bull
The PBR's in-arena entertainer, Flint Rasmussen, interviewed a young fan from Oklahoma who was part of the audience Friday night during the first round of the bull riding event.
“Where do you live?” Rasmussen asked.
“On a dirt road,” the boy answered.
Two former OKC champs in the field
The field in this weekend's Winstar World Casino Invitational only has two bull riders who have won the PBR Built Ford Tough Series event before in Oklahoma City: Jordan Hupp of Stephenville, Texas, in 2010 and Australian Brendon Clark in 2004.
Field has international flavor
Of the 35 bull riders competing in Oklahoma City, seven are from Texas. Two are from Oklahoma and two are from North Carolina.
There are nine bull riders from Brazil in the field, including two-time defending PBR world champ Silvano Alves, who is 0-for-2 on bulls in Oklahoma City.
Four riders are from Australia.