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PBR notebook: Five cowboys go two for two at OKC event

Only four cowboys have successfully ridden two bulls after the first two rounds of the PBR's Winstar World Casino Invitational at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 26, 2013
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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.

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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