LACHLAN RICHARDSON WINS THE 15/15 BUCKING BATTLE IN CONVINCING FASHION

 

Lachlan Richardson's 92.25-point ride on Seven Dust was the second highest score of the 2016 BFTS season. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

 

By: Jordan Johnson September 03, 2016@ 10:30:00 PM

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lachlan Richardson came out of nowhere to win the 15/15 Bucking Battle with a massive 92.25-point ride on Seven Dust Saturday night.
  • It was Richardson's first 90-point ride in his career, and the biggest. He became the first to ride Seven Dust and moved himself to 15th in the world standings. 
  • Meanwhile, Cooper Davis earned enough points to take over the world standings lead for the first time in his career. 

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – For one night, Australia was the center of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) universe as Aussie Lachlan Richardson made a statement with his 92.25-point ride on Seven Dust (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) that won the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational outside at the Coliseum at WinStar World Casino Saturday night.

It was Richardson’s first career 90-point ride on the Built Ford Tough Series and arguably the biggest of the Gresford, Australia, bull rider’s career. Richardson picked up 150 world points for winning the special round, enough to move him up to 15th in the world standings.

Seven Dust was previously unridden in 13 Built Ford Tough Series outs before Richardson’s ride. Richardson’s 92.25-point effort was also the second-highest score of the 2016 season, behind only J.B. Mauney’s 94.25-point trip aboard Pearl Harbor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Jess Lockwood and Eduardo Aparecido split second place in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, each earning 82.5 points toward the world standings for their effort. Lockwood earned the points with an 88-point ride on Margy Time(D&H Cattle Co.), while Aparecido turned in his own 88-point effort aboard Jump Street (Hebert Bucking Bulls/Georgia Akers).

Earlier in the evening, Cooper Davis took the lead in the world standings for the first time in his career after tying for fifth place in Round 1. Davis’ 86.5-point ride on Cool Hand Luke (Lukas Banning Bucking Bulls) made him the eighth different rider to claim the top spot in the world standings this season. He now leads former world No. 1 Kaique Pacheco by 2.17 points.

2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi won Round 1 with an 88.75-point ride on Losing My Religion (Owens/Wyatt). Marchi, who suffered a massive knee injury last year in Thackerville, relished the round win and the 100 points toward the world standings.

Saturday was also a resurgence for three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves. The 28-year-old used an 88.5-point ride on Locked & Loaded (High View Cattle Co.) for a second-place finish and 60 points toward the world standings.

2004 World Champion Mike Lee finished in third courtesy of an 87-point ride on Sketchy Bob (D&H Cattle Co./Flinn), earning him 50 world points.

Stetson Lawrence placed fourth, earning 40 points toward the world standings, after his 86.75-point ride on The Lunatic (4K Bucking Bulls).

Lockwood tied with Davis to round out the Top 5 after an 86.5-point ride on Shake it Up (D&H Cattle Co.). The points were important for Lockwood, who has been one of the hottest riders in the second half.

Lockwood’s total points from the second-place finish in the 15/15 Bucking Battle and his fifth place finish in Round 1 moved him to ninth in the world standings and into the lead of the Rookie of the Year race.

The Top 35 bull riders in the world will return Sunday night for the conclusion of the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational. Each rider will face one more bull in Round 2 in hopes of qualifying for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round where the winner will be crowned.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

PBR LIVE is available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit www.PBR.com/live to view. Fans can also watch all of the action via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes.

Thackerville is the 19th stop on the 2016 BFTS schedule. The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena where the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2016 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. Television ratings for PBR on CBS are up more than 33 percent this season compared to last year at this time, according to Nielsen. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report. 

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational 15/15 Bucking Battle
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Lachlan Richardson, 92.25-92.25-150 Points.
2. Eduardo Aparecido, 88-88.00-82.5 Points.
(tie). Jess Lockwood, 88-88.00-82.5 Points.
Cooper Davis, 0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0.00
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0.00
Shane Proctor, 0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0.00
Robson Palermo, 0-0.00

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Guilherme Marchi, 88.75-0-0-88.75-100 Points.
2. Silvano Alves, 88.5-0-0-88.50-60 Points.
3. Mike Lee, 87-0-0-87.00-50 Points.
4. Stetson Lawrence, 86.75-0-0-86.75-40 Points.
5. Cooper Davis, 86.5-0-0-86.50-22.5 Points.
(tie). Jess Lockwood, 86.5-0-0-86.50-22.5 Points.
7. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 86-0-0-86.00-5 Points.
8. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 85-0-0-85.00
(tie). Tanner Byrne, 85-0-0-85.00
10. Shane Proctor, 83.75-0-0-83.75
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00
Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Mason Lowe, 0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0.00
Nevada Newman, 0-0-0-0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0.00
Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Jorge Valdiviezo, 0-0-0-0.00
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0-0.00
Fraser Babbington, 0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0.00
Quentin Vaught, 0-0-0-0.00

NEW WORLD LEADER DAVIS KNOWS HE HAS TOUGH CHALLENGERS

By: Justin Felisko September 04, 2016@ 11:44:00 AM

 

Cooper Davis now leads Kaique Pacheco by 2.17 points after Saturday night. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cooper Davis was happy taking the world standings lead Saturday night, but he didn't take up a lot of time celebrating because nothing is set until Nov. 6.
  • Davis now has Kaique Pacheco, who leads the PBR in qualified rides along with Joao Ricardo Vieira, and two-time and defending PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney chasing him.
  • Davis has made it clear that he's can't rest until Nov. 6, when the PBR World Champion is crowned, and he'll work to make sure it's him.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Cooper Davis knows there is still a lot of time left in the 2016 season before a World Champion is crowned in Las Vegas, but the 22-year-old couldn’t hide his excitement, pride, and even a little shock, about being the newly minted world No. 1 bull rider on Saturday night.

Davis used his 86.5-point ride on Cool Hand Luke to earn 22.5 points toward the world standings and surpass Kaique Pacheco for the world No. 1 ranking.

Pacheco bucked off Kongo (5.14 seconds) in Round 1 and Hammer It Again (3.16 seconds) in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

“That is good to look at right now, but all of that doesn’t matter until Nov. 6,” Davis said.

Davis leads Pacheco by 2.17 points heading into Sunday’s finale of the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational. Fans can watch the event on CBS Sports Network live at 8 p.m. ET.  

For at least one night, and maybe more, the bullseye will be on Davis’ back. Every other rider in the world wants that No. 1 ranking, especially come the conclusion of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals.

“I am just happy to be in the race,” Davis said. “I am going to have the same outlook going into it whether I am one or fifth. I think whoever rides the most bulls has the best shot. My attitude is not going to change regardless.”

Right now, Pacheco and world No. 5 Joao Ricardo Vieira, who rode Flight Plan for 86 points in Round 1, lead the PBR with 32 qualified rides.

Davis has watched Pacheco rise to stardom over the last two seasons alongside him.

Davis was impressed last year as Pacheco went on to win the 2015 Rookie of the Year title by setting a rookie record with 37 qualified rides and seven round wins. Pacheco also won three events during his rookie year.

“Kaique is a guy you know is probably going to ride the bull when he runs in there,” Davis said. “Kaique is probably one of the best rookies and sophomore guy season guys I have ever seen.”

Pacheco is on pace to surpass that mark of 37 qualified rides this year. He is currently 32-for-65 (49.23 percent) with two event victories and four round wins.

The 21-year-old has a career riding percentage of 48.93 percent.   

“You can’t expect him to fall off,” Davis said. “You just have to do the same and hopefully do like I did (in Tulsa) and be a few more points than him. That is all it is going to take.”

In comparison, Davis is right on Pacheco’s heels with a 49.12 percent riding percentage, two victories and seven round wins. Davis is 28-for-57 and has been the hottest rider out of the gate since the BFTS resumed in Nashville two weeks ago.

The Jasper, Texas, bull rider has gone 8-for-11 and has won back-to-back events. Since losing 29 pounds in the past year, Davis has increased his riding percentage by almost 11 percentage points and won the 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Davis’ performance in August has garnered him national media attention on CBS and CBS Sports Network, and he is quickly becoming a household name for PBR fans.

Pacheco has also been well aware of Davis’ evolution.

“He is a really good rider,” Pacheco said with the help of Silvano Alvestranslating in Nashville. “He is riding all very good bulls. He is a fantastic cowboy. He is a great contender for the world title.”

Davis will attempt to build his lead when he faces El Diablo (0-0, BFTS) in Round 2. He is currently tied for fifth in the event standings.

Meanwhile, Pacheco has a rematch against Recovery Time (11-2, BFTS). Pacheco was bucked off by Recovery Time in 4.45 seconds in Duluth, Georgia.

One rider that isn’t competing in Thackerville is two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney (left hip pointer/abdominal contusion).

Mauney is third in the world standings and 355 points behind Davis.

Davis knows he will not only have to hold off just a rising superstar in Pacheco, but a future PBR Ring of Honor inductee in Mauney as well.

“It is pretty cool going up against him and J.B.,” Davis said. “Two of the guys that could possibly be the best ever. (Kaique) is a potential guy that can be right up there beside him in 10 years.

Davis then added, “Heck, J.B. will probably be back next week and be ready to win again.”

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MARCHI WINS ROUND 1 IN THACKERVILLE

By: Justin Felisko September 04, 2016@ 12:01:00 AM

 

Guilherme Marchi is a year removed from the massive knee injury he suffered last year in Thackervile. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guilherme Marchi worked very hard in the week leading up to Thackerville in an effort to come out better than he did last year. So far, so good. 
  • Meanwhile, Cooper Davis stayed hot and pushed himself to new heights by taking the world standings lead. He's far from done, though.
  • Lachlan Richardson was understandably emotional Saturday after turning in the best performance of his career. Part of that was because he was thinking of a close friend who passed away recently back in Australia.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational Saturday night.

Marchi gets invigorating Round 1 victory (9-3-16)

Guilherme Marchi pumped his chest, turned toward the packed grandstands and let out an emphatic roar on Saturday night. 

Marchi had just ridden Losing My Religion for an eventual round-winning 88.75 points after having flashbacks to tearing his left MCL/PCL attempting to ride Cut the Cord last year in Thackerville.

“Oh, this is hard to explain everything,” Marchi said. “Everything came to my head before I got on. Last year, I hurt my knee here. Today I tried to change everything and just prayed to God for saving me in this arena. I know I had a tough bull.”

Marchi increased his training regimen this week with the help of Paulo Lima. The two Brazilian bull riders spent the week at Marchi’s Ferris, Texas, ranch participating in various workout programs. The two biked 14 miles a day and jump roped together.

The 2008 World Champion also attempted four practice bulls this week.

“I had been working so hard during the week,” Marchi said. “I have been riding my bike and jumping rope. I am doing a lot of hard things to get healthy. Everything I start to do now has helped me a lot. I was very focused and very concentrated.”

Lima also had success in Round 1, riding Valedictorian for 85 points and a ninth-place finish.

“Guilherme helped me this week,” said Lima, who was also bucked off by Cochise in 1.85 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle. “I didn’t get on any practice bulls. Just rode the bike and jumped rope.”

Marchi earned 100 points toward the world standings and moved from 22ndto 19th.

The 34-year-old credited Lima for helping him focus in on his training this week in preparation for an event that would clearly strike a chord with him following his 2015 injury, which cost him the remainder of the 2015 regular season.

“It helps a lot too because he is a very, very close friend of mine,” Marchi said. “He is very determined to work out. He helped me by trying to push me every day.”

Davis takes over world lead despite shoulder injury

There is a new sheriff in the PBR following Cooper Davis’ tie for fifth-place in Round 1.

Davis, who later bucked off Wicked for the fifth time on the BFTS in 5.86 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle, used his 86.5-point ride on Cool Hand Luke to earn 22.5 points toward the world standings and surpass Kaique Pacheco for the world No. 1 ranking.

Davis was happy to be atop the world standings for the first time in his career, but the 22-year-old was also very much aware that the $1 million World Champion bonus isn’t paid out until the conclusion of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals.

“That is good to look at right now, but all of that doesn’t matter until Nov. 6,” Davis said.

Davis leads Pacheco by a slim 2.17 points heading into Round 2 on Sunday. Davis took over the lead after Pacheco failed to ride Kongo (5.14 seconds) in Round 1 and Hammer It Again (3.16 seconds) in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

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Davis was competing with a right shoulder separation that he sustained in Tulsa last weekend.

“I didn’t put a whole thought into the shoulder and I just went at it,” Davis said. “It felt good. No pain. The only thing that bothers me is getting off. If that is the least of my worries right now then we are in good shape.”

Mike Lee and Joao Ricardo Vieira were the only other Top 10 riders in the world standings to earn points in Round 1.

Vieira placed seventh for five world points with his 86-point ride on Flight Plan. He is fifth in the world standings and 777.5 points behind Davis.

Lee rode Sketchy Bob for a third-place finish and 50 world points, but the 2004 World Champion actually fell to 11th in the standings because of Jess Lockwood’s strong performance in Round 1 and the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Lockwood earned 105 points to move up to ninth in the world standings and take over the lead in the 2016 Rookie of the Year Race.

The 18-year-old rode Shake It Up for 86.5 points to tie with Davis for fifth place in Round 1 and followed that up that ride with an 88-point performance on Margy Time for a second-place finish in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

No. 6 Eduardo Aparecido earned 82.5 world points by tying with Lockwood for second in the 15/15 Bucking Battle. Aparecido rode his re-ride bull, Jump Street, for 88 points.

Margy Time was competing for the first time since sustaining a broken leg at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo last year.

“You have to give that bull a lot of credit,” Lockwood said. “A broken leg on a bull 99 percent of the time means that is the end of their career. They will never buck again. For him to come back and buck at this level, heal from a broken leg, is pretty incredible.”

Richardson earns emotional 15/15 Bucking Battle victory

The money, the 150 world points, his first 90-point ride and his first 15/15 Bucking Battle victory were far from Lachlan Richardson’s mind Saturday night as he accepted his event-winning belt buckle on top of the shark cage.

Instead, Richardson couldn’t help but think about 23-year-old Blake Hallam – a rising star in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association – that had passed away Thursday in a car crash.

“My buddy got killed in a car crash this week,” Richardson said. “We grew up together and he was a pretty good buddy. I hadn’t seen him in a while because I had been over here.”

Richardson won the 15/15 Bucking Battle with a career-high 92.25-point ride on Seven Dust. It was the first 90-point ride of his career.

“I knew it was a good bull and really tough,” Richardson said. “It is really special. It is the next biggest to (winning) an event. I hadn’t won one before. I don’t think I even stayed on a bull before, so I can’t describe it.”

Injury Updates

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Robson Palermo is questionable for Round 2 after sustaining a concussion and a possible rib fracture when he was slammed to the ground by Midnight Train in 4.21 seconds.

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LOCKWOOD IS PUTTING IN THE WORK

By: Justin Felisko September 03, 2016@ 01:02:00 PM

 

Jess Lockwood's 90-point ride on Legacy was the third of his season, and his BFTS career. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

HIGHLIGHTS

  • It's not unusual to find Jess Lockwood working out early in the morning while watching SpongeBob SquarPants at PBR Director of Livestock Cody Lambert's ranch. 
  • It's all part of an intensified workout routine that includes early morning workouts and daily hot yoga sessions. 
  • For Lockwood, it's all about building extra balance and strength, both crucial for riding the rank bulls he will face as he looks to qualify for his first PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Justin McBride arrived at Cody Lambert’s Bowie, Texas, ranch shortly before 7 a.m. early on a recent late-summer morning.

The two-time World Champion headed into Lambert’s bunk house to make himself a cup of coffee while the PBR’s Director of Livestock was out working in the arena when he heard SpongeBob SquarePants blaring in the living room and a kid laughing.

Confused, McBride peeked around the corner to see who was laughing like a little kid inside the living room.

It was none other than 18-year-old Jess Lockwood.

Lockwood was balancing himself atop a rubber medicine ball and doing a series of workouts while watching his favorite television show.

“You want to talk about a little work ethic,” McBride said. “That little (one) works at it.”

And, no, this wasn’t a one-time deal.

Sunrise at Lambert’s ranch may be accompanied by a Lockwood laugh and an episode of SpongeBoB Squarepants on a frequent basis, but it is not about what is on the television.

Rather it is much more about the kid who’s own story is unfolding every weekend on nationally televised CBS television broadcasts.

“Every day,” McBride said. “It is not sometimes. He is working out three times a day. He doesn’t mess around. And it isn’t geared to having big muscles to show off. It is geared to riding.”

Lockwood, a little bit embarrassed, shakes his head and laughs when asked about his SpongeBob morning workout sessions.

Lockwood wasn’t even 2 years old when the cartoon television show first aired in 1999.

“I love SpongeBob!” Lockwood exclaims. “I will Snapchat my cousins and we will laugh about it and talk. It is nice to just be a kid and stuff.”

The Volborg, Montana, bull rider then gets serious and says his home workout routine is only the tip of the iceberg.

“Yeah. I was doing that, but I really turned it on these last (six) weeks,” Lockwood said. “I am getting in the best shape I ever have been. I am doing P90X every morning and I am doing hot yoga every single night now. I used to just do hot yoga one or two nights a week.”

Lockwood heads into this weekend’s WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational 11th in the world standings, as well as second in the Rookie of the Year Race. He trails top rookie Wallace de Oliveira by 86.67 points.

Lockwood isn’t just working out two to three times a day, but he is spending two-and-half hours per day driving from Lambert’s ranch to Sumits Hot Yoga in Fort Worth, Texas. Depending on whether the next Built Ford Tough Series event is a two-or-three day event, Lockwood is using at least 10 hours of his week just driving to and from his hot yoga sessions.

Lockwood’s unyielding desire and commitment to the craft of professional bull riding has Lambert excited about Lockwood’s future and impressed with his current success.

Lambert even went as far to say Lockwood’s strength may be right up there with 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi.

“He is so dedicated,” Lambert said. “He is so dedicated to being physically ready and he works on his balance. He has a method to his workout. He is not a dumbass about his workout. It is based on balance. He is very, very strong. Pound for pound, he stays as strong as any of the bull riders. I would say he is as strong pound-for-pound as Guilherme Marchi.

“But his riding is not based on strength. His riding is based on a combination of strength, balance and timing. He works on that every day.”

Lockwood’s balance is one of his biggest strengths when it comes to the first-year rider’s early success.

He is 12-for-25 (48 percent) with one event victory, three 90-point rides and six BFTS round wins.

Lockwood has returned from a summer break that featured a heartbreaking defeat the National High School Finals Rodeo and a leg & hand injury to go 5-for-9 to open the second half of the BFTS season.

 

“When you are on the back of that bull, strength and talent is not going to cut it at all,” Lockwood said. “Your balance, you have to work for that middle. That is all it is. Balance really.”

Lockwood faces Play Girl (0-0, BFTS) and Brown Sugar (0-0, BFTS) this weekend. Lockwood has posted two or more qualified rides in three consecutive events.

He also has a 15/15 Bucking Battle matchup against Margy Time (18-0, BFTS) on Saturday night. Fans can watch the 15/15 Bucking Battle Sunday on CBS national television at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

McBride, pointing out two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney’s success, said balance truly is one of the most necessary traits needed to reach the pinnacle of bull riding.

“That is a great attribute to have to be able to ride rank bulls,” McBride said. “To have longevity doing it, you have to have great balance. You have to. You have to be strong enough, but you don’t have to be a body builder. You have to be flexible and have great balance. Once you understand how it works, there is no secret and no magic to it.”

It may not be magic, but Lockwood does want to enhance his balance and his overall ability.

It is why he is driving out of his way to go to a yoga studio that helps him work specifically on that attribute.

“Oh, it is helping a lot,” Lockwood said. "I think Yoga is helping me the most. You are doing all sorts of balancing poses the whole time pretty much.”

Though there is a much greater reasoning behind his recent diet and enhanced workout regimen.

“I don’t like being 15th in the world,” Lockwood said before Nashville. “Lambert and McBride give me shit enough for being 15th in the world.

“I want to be Top 5 at the least.”

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