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.
That got the attention of the PBR's in-arena entertainer Flint Rasmussen.
“You are in the right place for Oklahoma State,” Rasmussen told him. “OU fans, they wear their sandals.”
BACK IN OKLAHOMA IN AUGUST
The PBR Built Ford Tough Series travels to California for stops in Sacramento and Anaheim the next two weekends.
The Built Ford Tough Series returns twice to Oklahoma this year: Aug. 15-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa and Aug. 29-30 in Thackerville at WinStar World Casino.
MCBRIDE TO RIDE BULLS AGAIN
Two-time PBR world champ Justin McBride of Sayre is coming out of retirement to ride at The American, a special rodeo event in conjunction with the PBR's Iron Cowboy V on March 1-2 in Arlington, Texas.
The total purse is $3.15 million. McBride received a special exemption from the PBR to compete in the bull riding portion of The American.
“Nobody there will know how to win better than he will,” said Cody Lambert, the PBR's livestock director.