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Stetson Lawrence wins his first ever Built Ford Tough Series event. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia

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LAWRENCE EARNS FIRST PBR WIN, CLIMBS SEVEN SPOTS IN WORLD STANDINGS TO NO.17

By: Kacie Albert September 03, 2017@ 12:00:00 AM

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stetson Lawrence takes home the buckle in Thackerville and claims his first ever Built Ford Tough Series event win.
  • Ramon de Lima finished in second place, a career best, after being on the BFTS tour for only three events.
  • Marco Eguchi rounded out the top three with an 87 point ride on Alligator Arms and earned 280 world points.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – For the first time in his PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) career, Stetson Lawrence stood atop the shark cage as the event winner, taking the buckle at the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

After bucking off DaNutso (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle/Erwin Cattle) at the 7.58 second-mark in Round 3, Lawrence (Willinston, North Dakota) came back with a vengeance to log a season-best 88.75-point ride aboard Pick-It Construction’s Find Jesus (Ogden Ranch/Hart Cattle Co.) in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

The match-up was a familiar one for the 28-year-old after he had previously covered the bull at March’s Bad Boy Mowdown in Little Rock, Arkansas for 86.5 points.

Lawrence leaves the Sooner State with $38,384 and 560 world points. He is now ranked No.17 in the world standings, up seven spots from No. 24 where he began the event.

The North Dakota bull rider trails world No. 1 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) by 2,245 points.

In only his third event on the elite BFTS, Ramon de Lima (São Paulo, Brazil) finished off a career-best performance with a second-place showing.

Lima began the evening riding Swamp Wreck (01 Cattle Co./D&H Cattle Co.) for 86.25 points in Round 2, which he followed up with an 88.5-point trip aboard Black Rose (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) in the championship round.

The scores mark the rookie’s first two qualified rides on the BFTS.

The runner-up finish earned Lima $19,784 and 360 world points. He is now the fifth-ranked rider in the Rookie of the Year race, trailing 2012 PRCA champion Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) by 1,038.33 points for the top spot.

Marco Antonio Eguchi (Poá, Brazi) finished third courtesy of his 87-point ride in the championship round aboard Alligator Arms (Hart Cattle Company), earning $13,334 and 280 world points.

Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee) was the only rider to cover both of his long-round bulls and finished in fourth place.

Nance rode Sketchy Bob (D&H Cattle Co./Flinn) in Round 2 for 82.75 points, before bucking off Nailed (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) at 7.85 seconds in the championship round.

Earning $8,368 and 175 world points, Nance rose one spot to No.12 in the world rankings. He now trails Pacheco by 1,765 points.

Claudio Montanha Jr. (Ribeirão dos Indios, Brazil) rounded out the Top 5, earning $6,934 and 145 world points.

Going a perfect 2-for-2 Sunday, Montanha’s night began when he rode Hotel Hustler (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for 83.75 points in Round 2, which he followed with a 70-point trip aboard Bar Down (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in the championship round.

The finish allowed Montanha to gain ground in the Rookie of the Year standings. He is currently No.2 and 571.67 points behind Teel. 

In an event that was dominated by the bull power, the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event honor was awarded to SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.), Magic Train (Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team)and Jack Shot (D&H Cattle Co./David Huffman). All three animal athletes recorded matching 45.25-point bull scores in Saturday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle after dispatching Teel, Fabiano Vieira (Pérolam Brazil) and Pacheco, respectively. 

Bruiser has been named the high-marked bull of the event five times this season, while it is Jack Shot’s second and Magic Train’s first.

The PBR’s best will now head to the Show Me State for the third time this season, where JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri, will host the PFIWestern.com Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, Sept. 8-10.

PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app will broadcast Round 1 of the PFIWestern.com Invitational starting at 8:15 p.m. ET on Sept.8, Round 2 will begin at 7:15 p.m. ET on Sept. 9 and Championship Sunday can be seen starting at 2:30 p.m. ET.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Championship Sunday action starting 6 p.m. ET on Sept. 10.

The PFIWestern.com Invitational will also play host to the eighth 15/15 Bucking Battle of the season to be aired on CBS at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sept. 10.

 

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series

WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational

The Colosseum at the WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma

Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Stetson Lawrence, 88.25-0-88.75-177.00-560 Points.

2. Ramon de Lima, 0-86.25-88.5-174.75-360 Points.

3. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 87-0-87-174.00-280 Points.

4. Cody Nance, 81.5-82.75-0-164.25-175 Points.

5. Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-83.75-70-153.75-145 Points.

6. Cooper Davis, 0-88.5-0-88.50-132.5 Points.

(tie). Stormy Wing, 88.5-0-0-88.50-132.5 Points.

8. Dener Barbosa, 0-84.75-0-84.75-65 Points.

9. Guilherme Marchi, 73-0-0-73.00-40 Points.

Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00

Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-0.00

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0.00

Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00

Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0.00

Cody Teel, 0-0-0-0.00

Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00

Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00

Shane Proctor, 0-0-0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00

Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00

Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0.00

Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0.00

Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0.00

Troy Wilkinson, 0-0-0-0.00

Koal Livingston, 0-0-0-0.00

Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0.00

Emilio Resende, 0-0-0-0.00

Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0.00

Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-0-0.00

Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0.00

Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00

Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0.00

Cody Campbell, 0-0-0-0.00

Sonny Schafferius, 0-0-0-0.00

Nevada Newman, 0-0-0-0.00

 

2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings

(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Kaique Pacheco, 38, 6, 14, 3,535.00, $356,537.85

2. Eduardo Aparecido, 27, 5, 9, 3,325.00, $286,182.30

3. Jess Lockwood, 35, 4, 13, 2,955.00, $277,382.74

4. Derek Kolbaba, 41, 5, 10, 2,385.00, $180,809.87

5. Chase Outlaw, 38, 4, 16, 2,311.66, $141,403.94

6. Cooper Davis, 30, 0, 9, 2,200.83, $131,873.25

7. Fabiano Vieira, 40, 3, 12, 2,053.33, $217,136.47

8. Stormy Wing, 27, 3, 5, 1,977.50, $132,172.11

9. J.B. Mauney, 23, 2, 5, 1,931.24, $139,977.49

10. Matt Triplett, 43, 5, 13, 1,915.00, $127,067.48

11. Cody Teel, 33, 3, 11, 1,845.83, $140,631.23

12. Cody Nance, 42, 3, 14, 1,770.00, $106,477.15

13. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 37, 1, 15, 1,717.50, $119,272.65

14. Mason Lowe, 28, 1, 5, 1,463.33, $110,299.58

15. Rubens Barbosa, 42, 1, 3, 1,377.50, $87,905.63

16. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 38, 0, 7, 1,367.50, $82,540.67

17. Stetson Lawrence, 30, 1, 6, 1,290.00, $80,525.34

18. Claudio Montanha Jr., 34, 2, 11, 1,274.16, $89,340.62

19. Shane Proctor, 24, 2, 4, 1,267.50, $81,223.33

20. Ryan Dirteater, 26, 0, 3, 1,165.83, $78,922.16

21. Silvano Alves, 32, 0, 5, 1,080.83, $55,514.91

22. Guilherme Marchi, 30, 0, 7, 1,044.99, $52,350.22

23. Dener Barbosa, 32, 1, 6, 950.83, $61,327.98

24. Luciano De Castro, 33, 1, 7, 832.50, $53,624.15

25. Ramon de Lima, 30, 2, 14, 807.50, $69,446.06

26. Mike Lee, 43, 3, 8, 633.33, $54,442.19

27. Gage Gay, 30, 1, 4, 603.33, $43,600.27

28. Troy Wilkinson, 25, 1, 8, 473.75, $43,183.10

29. Koal Livingston, 37, 1, 8, 462.50, $41,922.32

30. Brennon Eldred, 22, 3, 8, 424.16, $52,876.74

31. Aaron Kleier, 12, 4, 10, 410.00, $24,131.74

32. Emilio Resende, 25, 1, 5, 399.16, $33,914.14

33. Dakota Buttar, 24, 0, 1, 390.83, $27,595.31

34. J.W. Harris, 24, 2, 5, 380.41, $32,974.72

35. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 40, 2, 6, 375.41, $35,722.38

36. Brock Radford, 23, 5, 9, 371.66, $28,885.21

37. Lachlan Richardson, 27, 3, 10, 367.50, $36,979.13

37. Kurt Shephard, 40, 1, 11, 367.50, $44,045.74

39. Luis Blanco, 33, 0, 4, 364.58, $25,327.42

40. Cody Campbell, 40, 2, 8, 346.65, $39,374.75

41. Brady Sims, 15, 0, 1, 345.00, $20,467.31

42. Reese Cates, 27, 1, 4, 305.00, $31,567.53

43. Nathan Burtenshaw, 34, 2, 8, 278.33, $29,112.01

44. Sonny Schafferius, 23, 2, 7, 275.00, $21,491.85

45. Cody Heffernan, 36, 1, 6, 272.50, $27,661.29

LAWRENCE FINALLY CATCHES A BREAK AND WINS FIRST EVENT

By: Justin Felisko September 05, 2017@ 12:00:00 AM

 

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Stetson Lawrence rides Pick-It Construction's Find Jesus for 88.75 and wins in Thackerville. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stetson Lawrence cashed in on some luck in Thackerville to win his first-ever BFTS event after Cody Nance was unable to hang on to Nailed in the championship round.
  • Lawrence went into the championship round in fourth place but after an 88.75 point ride on Pick-It Construction’s Find Jesus he found himself in the lead.
  • The win in Thackerville awarded Lawrence 560 world points and moved him up to World No. 17.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

PUEBLO, Colo. – You don’t have to remind Stetson Lawrence that every second, millisecond and inch can be the different between winning and losing in the sport of professional bull riding.

It is why it is almost too fitting his first career Built Ford Tough Series victory this past weekend in Thackerville, Oklahoma, came down in large part to a judge’s review that ruled Cody Nance had bucked off Nailed in 7.85 seconds.

Lawrence had no shame in saying on Sunday afternoon after the WinStar World Casino & Resort Invitational in Thackerville, Oklahoma, that it is “always better to be lucky.”

He has simply been on the wrong side of those calls far too many times in recent memory, especially in 2015 when he went through three heart-wrenching, close-calls.

The North Dakota bull rider posted three runner-up finishes two years ago. Two of those second-place performances came at the PBR Majors Iron Cowboy and Last Cowboy Standing when he was bucked off in both event’s final rounds. 

Then it is hard to forget the rare turn of events at the 2015 St. Louis Invitational. It was there Lawrence became the only rider in the PBR’s current point system to win the event average but not an event title when he went 4-for-4, but lost out to Kaique Pacheco, who went 3-for-4 with two round victories.

If those events could have went a few seconds or milliseconds different, Lawrence would have been a World Champion contender.

A year later was more close-but-no-cigar scenarios.

Lawrence came within less than a second of winning RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN in 2016, and he was bucked off by SweetPro’s Bruiser for a shot at the victory at the Ty Murray Invitational a month later after riding his first three bulls in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For a rider that has underwent so many twists and turns of frustration in chasing that first career win the last three years, he finally was able to sit back and laugh about how a little luck helped him finally get that first career victory.

And, of course, this weekend came down to milliseconds and some unexpected twists.

It almost appeared to be the same old story for Lawrence too.

Lawrence had seemed poised on Sunday afternoon in steamy Oklahoma to go into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round a perfect 2-for-2 and in the lead.

However, a 7-second buckoff once again appeared to be costly.

Lawrence was making a fantastic ride aboard DaNutso in Round 2 before he was caught leaning a little too far back and was bucked off at the 7.58-second mark.

The 28-year-old then went into the championship round sitting in fourth-place.

Lawrence first did his part by riding Pick-It Construction’s Find Jesus for 88.75 points to take over the event lead, but even he didn’t expect to stay in the lead for long as he stood off to the side of rider walk-off.

Shoot, 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis and world No. 8 Stormy Wingwould surely come through with qualified rides, Lawrence thought.  

Davis lasted 3.69 seconds on Cooper’s Comet.

Wing was no better, being bucked off by Bottom’s Up in 2.14 seconds.

Then Nance wound up 15 milliseconds short.

Just like that, Lawrence was being ushered to the top of the shark cage as an event winner for the first time.

“It is nuts,” Lawrence admitted. “I have been on the other end of this thing many of times. I know how that is and I am lucky it finally went my way.”

The bulls dominated in Thackerville too as the riders went a combined 14-for-80, not including the 15/15 Bucking Battle.  

The 14 rides are the sixth-fewest at a BFTS event since 1999.

“It was weird, really,” Lawrence said. “We only rode 10 bulls in the two rounds? That is insane. That is nuts. I don’t know what it was. The heat? I don’t mind it, but I don’t like it at the same time.”

While the majority of riders took the week after Nashville off, Lawrence decided to compete at the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event in Eureka, Montana.

In fact, it was there that he got to work on a little adjustment that 1998 Ring of Honor inductee Jerome Davis offered to him in Nashville, Tennessee, last month.

Davis noticed Lawrence getting behind his bulls halfway through a ride and pointed out that whenever Lawrence lifted his rope to adjust and fight back to the front that his rope would actually slide back a half-inch or so.

“Jerome Davis has always told me to get the bottom of my rope up because my rope slides back a little and that gets me behind,” Lawrence said. “I had been having trouble with it. I did that there and everything felt great there.”

Two-time World Champion Justin McBride said Lawrence was “long overdue” to get that elusive victory.

“I am so proud for Stetson,” McBride said. “He made some good rides. The one that bucked him off here was right at the buzzer. He is riding good. Tough guy. Good guy. Easy guy to cheer for, too.”

McBride agreed with Davis’ assumption of what may be the biggest culprit for Lawrence’s buckoffs halfway through his ride attempts, especially when Lawrence draws a bull into his hand.

Those minor adjustments can be the difference between winning and losing, McBride added.

“The little things make a huge difference, especially at this level,” McBride said. “Stetson is a guy that really knows how to ride bulls, obviously, or else he wouldn’t be here. But it is the little thing, moving his rope, pulling it tighter, an inch further forward that changes everything.”

Lawrence, who began Thackerville with an 88.25-point ride on Wild’s Sky, earned 560 points toward the world standings to move up to No. 17.

It took him only three BFTS events, and eight overall, to earn the victory after fracturing his pelvis in April at the Tacoma Invitational.

PBR Director of Livestock Cody Lambert said that Lawrence appears to be in better shape now than when he first got injured in Tacoma.

“Coming back from injuries, everybody is a little different, and he came back better than he was, and he was really good before,” Lambert said. “He looks like he is in better shape.”

Lawrence’s 2-for-3 performance in The Sooner State increased his season riding percentage to a career-best 35.19 percent (19-for-54) and Lawrence believes this win could be the first of many.

“A win helps with anything, but it don’t become easier,” Lawrence concluded. “I have to keep my head down and stick to the grind. Stay focused and keep riding bulls like I did this weekend.”

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MONTANA BULL RIDERS FEEL FOR THEIR STATE AS WILDFIRES RAGE ON

By: Justin Felisko September 04, 2017@ 02:45:00 PM

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Jess Lockwood is trying to become the youngest PBR World Champion. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Jess Lockwood almost didn't compete in Thackerville, Oklahoma, as his family's ranch was in danger because of the Sartin Draw wildfire in Montana.
  • Montana has had over 40 wildfires this summer consume over half a million acres of land.
  • Lockwood's ranch in Volborg, Montana, was eventually able to withstand any damage as crews kept the fire from hitting the family's property.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

DALLAS – Jess Lockwood was immediately concerned when he was gently awoken by his mother on Friday morning in Billings, Montana.

Angie had tears in her eyes.

“I was scared,” Jess explained. “She woke me up and she was crying. She said, ‘I have to go home. The fire is within 8-10 miles of the house. We have to start packing things up.’”

The Sartin Draw Fire is one of over 40 wildfires that have raged across Lockwood’s home state of Montana this summer. Over half a million acres have been burned in Montana as of Monday morning, and the Lockwood’s family ranch in Volborg, Montana, was close to danger’s way prior to this weekend’s WinStar World Casino & Resort Invitational in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

The No. 3 bull rider in the world standings said on Friday morning the Sartin Draw Fire came within 10 miles of his home before crews were able to cut the fire off and prevent it from crossing a road toward the Lockwood’s ranch.

“It was headed straight down to us south,” Lockwood said. “Heck, right at that point it was 80,000 acres big and 36 miles long. It was just moving right toward us.”

The Lockwoods weren’t sure if crews would be able to contain the fire before their home was in danger, so they began to take precautions and started to fill up their horse trailers living quarters with important documents, sentimental items and as many valuables and irreplaceable things they could fit inside.

Jess, though, felt helpless as he sat at Billings Logan International Airport waiting for his flight to Dallas for this weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series event.

His family was placing all of his PBR belt buckles, Calgary Stampede bronzes, baby pictures and other personal items in the trailer for him.

“I was sitting at the airport and it was getting real close,” Lockwood said. “I told mom, ‘Keep me posted and if it is still going when my flight is supposed to leave, I am not getting on and I am coming home.’

“She was freaking out and said that there was nothing I can do. I felt I could help pack up stuff, make it faster and just be a family.”

Angie insisted that Jess go compete this weekend, which he did, but Jess didn’t see how he could go to Thackerville and ride knowing the family house may burn down.

“Hell, I am sitting in the airport for two hours thinking if our 10,000-acre ranch burns up, we have nothing,” Lockwood said. “I don’t even know where the hell we would start. Yeah, you have insurance, but you don’t have anything after. Sure, you can build a new house and build new barns, but it is not your place.”

Within 30 minutes before his flight was scheduled to leave on Friday afternoon, Jess got the call that the fire had been contained on their end and that their ranch should be OK.

“It didn’t get on to any of our land, luckily,” he said. “It was across the road five or 10 miles. They got it put out on our end, but it is still going the other way.”

According to InciWeb, the national wildfire information service, the Sartin Draw Fire was 85 percent contained as of Monday morning and had affected 99,735 acres.

Lockwood is extremely thankful for the firefighters and volunteers that have been putting endless hours in to try and protect Montana residents’ homes, land and wildlife.

InciWeb lists 227 total personnel battling the Sartin Draw Fire. There have been 20 engines, five crews, 11 heavy equipment and one helicopter fighting the fire.

However, Lockwood, who finished this weekend’s 15/15 Bucking Battle in fourth place, is aware Montana needs more help, resources and volunteers with such dire conditions facing the state.

“There are fires everywhere,” Lockwood said. “The whole damn state is burning up. They said it so dry, and there is no chance of rain enough to do anything. The only chance to help put it out is an early snow in November.”

Fellow Montana bull rider Matt Triplett voiced his call to action on social media last week before a concussion in Thackerville thwarted his efforts of donating half his winnings to relief efforts.

Triplett grew up in Columbia Falls, Montana, and is currently living in Kalispell with fellow Montana bull rider Nevada Newman.

As of now, the fires haven’t affected him directly, but Triplett said it has been heartbreaking this week seeing his state go up in flames after a series of thunderstorms went through the area on Thursday night, adding to an already tough wildfire season throughout the state this summer.

“Any kind of help we can get is huge,” Triplett said. “Anywhere. Any life crisis, things that happen, anything helps. There has always been fires (growing up), but it has never been like this. There have been some pretty good ones, but nothing this huge.”

Triplett finished in third-place at the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event on Aug. 26 in Eureka, Montana, and said you could see and smell smoke throughout the bull riding.

The 26-year-old hopes the country’s recent volunteer efforts in the Houston area following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey will continue to inspire others. Triplett understands the scale of destruction and need is very, very different between the two natural disasters, but he hopes people can continue coming together in times of need all across the United States.

“With all that happened in the world recently and the support being shown, I want Montana to get support because we are dealing with a crisis,” Triplett said. “Usually we can handle the fires and contain them, but they are going wild right now.” 

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PBR CANADA: RADFORD RIDES HOT STREAK TO THE TOP IN CANADA

By: Kacie Albert August 30, 2017@ 02:19:00 PM

 

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Brock Radford jumped up to No. 36 in the world standings over the summer. Photo: Covy Moore

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Brock Radford was nearly unstoppable this summer in Canada.
  • Radford's summer run at PBR Canada TPD events launched him to No. 36 in the world standings, and a spot on Team Canada for the inaugural PBR Global Cup.
  • Though he's knocking on the door of the Built Ford Tough Series, Radford's current focus is on winning the 2017 PBR Canada Championship. 

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

TORONTO – The headlines at event’s end for the last four PBR Canada Touring Pro Division events have read much the same – Brock RadfordWins.

Since the end of July, the 22-year-old DeWinton, Alberta, native has won every Canadian TPD event he has entered.

RELATEDRadford Wins North Battleford

“I honestly have no idea,” Radford quipped when asked what was fueling his win streak. “Just staying healthy, and I’ve got a good group of guys I’m in with.”

Radford has been traveling with Todd Chotowetz, Coy RobbinsBryce West and Lonnie West.

(We’ve) all got a great mindset and attitude on how we approach each event,” Radford said. “(I’ll) keep doing that. Not change anything. It’s working.”

Prior to his recent burst of success, Radford had won just one PBR event in his career, taking his first title in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, this past May.

Before his streak began, Radford was ranked No. 11 in the PBR Canada national standings and more than 200 points outside the Top 35 of the PBR world standings.

Now, after tallying four event titles, and earning $18,445.85 CAD and 1,340 Canadian points, Radford sits atop the PBR Canada standings.

RELATED: Radford Wins Inaugural Touring Pro Event in Kelowna

Radford’s hot streak began on July 27 when he won the 4th Annual Gold Eagle Casino PBR Classic in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

He followed that eight days later with a victory at the inaugural TPD event in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Then came back-to-back wins in his home province in Elnora and Coronation.

Radford overtook Cody Coverchuk for the No. 1 spot in the PBR Canada rankings following his win at the 19th Annual Elnora Brahma Rama.

RELATEDRadford Wins Elnora

His win just four days later at the 17th Annual Coronation Royal Rumbull allowed him to further cement his place atop the rankings, expanding his lead over No. 2 Coverchuk to 706.66 points.

RELATED: Radford Sweeps Coronation

In addition to winning each event title, Radford’s surge up the standings was also backed by successful outings via his double entry at each stop. Complimenting his wins, Radford also finished sixth in Kelowna and Elnora and second in Coronation.

While Radford has rocketed up the Canadian national standings, the 271.33 world points he has earned this past month have also allowed him to climb to No. 36 in the world standings. He’s now knocking on the door of the elite Built Ford Tough Series.

“I think I went from low 60s, to 50. Then to 40, and now at 35. It’s been good,” Radford said. “I don’t know. I’m just having fun.” 

Despite the invitation to the BFTS event in Thackerville, Oklahoma, this weekend, Radford’s focus remains in Canada.

He wants to win the 2017 PBR Canada Championship.

Then he wants to lead Team Canada at the inaugural PBR Global Cup.

“I started thinking about this, I want to go to the Built Ford Toughs, but I also want to win the PBR Canadian title,” Radford said. “I’m kind of taking one out of (Ty Pozzobon’s) handbook.

“He focused on what he wanted first and then let the rest take care of itself. I really want to get the PBR Canadian title. So if I need to do that and stay here to make the World Finals, and get to some Built Ford Toughs, then that’s what I want to do.”

And for Radford, winning the PBR Canada title is just as important as riding for Team Canada at the Global Cup.

“I’ve had my eye on that,” Radford said. “To be able to represent my country is a pretty cool thing. It’s a big opportunity for guys who want to do it. I’ll go and ride against the best and try to represent Team Canada the best I can.”

RELATED: PBR Announces Qualifiers for Inaugural Global Cup Event

Radford is one of five riders already named to Team Canada, joining Dakota ButtarJordan HansenJustin Lloyd and Coverchuk.

“My whole reason on why I’m going is to represent Canada on the world stage,” Radford said. “That opportunity doesn’t come around very often, so it’s quite the honor to wear the colors for your country. Growing up, the only time we really wear colors is in hockey, so this is pretty cool.”

As the host nation for the inaugural event, Canada will compete with 14 riders, while each visiting country will field a team of seven.

The remaining members of team Canada will be selected by the national qualifier, in addition to a coach’s pick from Team Canada’s coach, Aaron Roy.

RELATEDPBR Announces International Coaches for PBR Global Cup

“It’s looking like we’ve got a pretty good team to go in there with,” Radford said. “There are a few guys that can be in there if they want to, but a lot can change from now until November.”

The inaugural Global Cup comes with extra sentiment for Team Canada as the host nation.

RELATEDPBR Global Cup Will Come to Edmonton

“Competing in your home country, that will be awesome,” Radford said. “It’ll be an experience, that’s for sure.”

And he’s especially enthused to ride in Edmonton, Alberta’s, state-of-the-art Rogers Place.

“It’s a nice building. It definitely makes you feel like a gladiator when you’re down on the arena level,” Radford said. “It’s definitely one of the biggest buildings I’ve been in. It’ll be outstanding to see a bunch of cheering fans in all of the seats.”

However, before the Global Cup kicks off with the Canadian qualifier on Nov. 9, the PBR Canada schedule includes three Monster Energy Tour and two TPD events, beginning with the Glen Keeley Memorial Bull Riding on Sept. 2. 

Despite a more than two-week break, Radford’s plan when PBR Canada’s Touring Pro Division returns to action is simple.

“Just not thinking, letting it happen, not really putting too much thought and over-thinking stuff,” Radford said. “Just going there and getting on whatever I’ve got to get on, no game plan, riding them jump for jump. It’s what everyone says to do but sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do.”

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