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PBR Notebook: Oklahoma riders take it on the chin

L.J. Jenkins of Porum had the best showing, successfully riding two of four bulls in the Express Employment Professionals Invitational and finishing 12th. He won $1,250.
by Ed Godfrey Published: January 26, 2014
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photo - Austin Meier rides Happy Feet during the Express Employment Professionals Invitational PBR  event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, SUnday, Jan. 26, 2014.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Austin Meier rides Happy Feet during the Express Employment Professionals Invitational PBR event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, SUnday, Jan. 26, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's three bull riders on the PBR's Built Ford Tough Series had a tough weekend in Oklahoma City.

L.J. Jenkins of Porum had the best showing, successfully riding two of four bulls in the Express Employment Professionals Invitational and finishing 12th. He won $1,250.

However, Jenkins pocketed an additional $4,500 Saturday night in a special competition that featured the top 15 bull riders from last season against the top 15 bulls.

Jenkins finished third in the bonus round, scoring 87.25 on the bull Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey.

Austin Meier of Kinta was one for three on bulls while Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert was dusted three times in Oklahoma City.

CALL THE DUMP TRUCKS AND FRONT-END LOADERS

After the PBR ended Sunday afternoon, the dirt movers immediately went to work at Chesapeake Energy Arena to prepare for the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.

For the bull riding event over the weekend, 750 tons of dirt — 6-8 inches deep — were dumped in the arena.

BOOT SCOOTING BOOGIE

The young boy in Sunday's audience who was named the PBR's Best Dressed Fan was wearing boots adorned with the Oklahoma State University logo.

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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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