By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show Rodeo
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2016) --- The first round of the Denver Chute-Out saw Shane Proctor move to the top of the leaderboard and collect the first check out of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Blue DEF Tour stop.
Proctor, from Grand Coulee, Wash., rode a bull named Little Turbo owned by Diamond S from Weatherford, Texas. When the judges added up the scores, he had an 88.5 by his name and a $2,863 check. More importantly it assures him a spot in the semi-finals which will be held Wednesday night. He is in great position to advance to the final round which will also be held on Wednesday.
The Denver Chute-Out has become a favorite stop for rising stars as well as seasoned veterans of the Professional Bull Riders. The National Western Stock Show offers an opportunity for successful riders to move into the elite Built Ford Tough Series. For rider’s who are already seeded, it helps them maintain their status and gives them the chance to win a buckle out of the Mile High city.
Proctor and last year’s reserve world champion Kaique Pacheco from Sao Paulo, Brazil, also competed head-to-head in a bounty match. They each attempted to ride a bull for eight seconds where the man with the highest score would receive a $5,000 bonus. Proctor came off just under six seconds while Pacheco managed to ride the full eight. He rode J.J.’s Pride for 90-points to collect the check.
Pacheco also rode during the competition, scoring 87.5 points to tie for second place with Roscoe Jarboe from New Plymouth, Idaho. They each received $1,789.
The lion’s share of the prize money will be paid after the final round on Wednesday night where the Denver Chute-Out champion will leave with a check for over $16,000. Each of the three preliminary rounds offers prize money, so the champion here could win up to $20,000.
The final performance of the PBR Blue DEF Tour stop will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Denver Coliseum.