HARRIS WINS PFI INVITATIONAL IN SPRINGFIELD

 

J.W. Harris rides SweetPro's Long John for 90.25 points. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com.

By: Jordan Marie Johnson September 13, 2015@ 10:30:00 PM

HIGHLIGHTS

  • J.W. Harris rode Long John for 90.25 points to win the PFI Invitational on Sunday afternoon.
  • Mason Lowe, Tanner Byrne, Stetson Lawrence and Ben Jones rounded out the Top 5.
  • Bruiser (46.25 points) was named the high-marked bull of the event.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – 2014 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Rookie of the Year J.W. Harris notched his second victory of the 2015 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) at the PFI Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops and brought to you locally by Sonic, on Sunday afternoon at JQH Arena.

Harris was the only rider to cover his bull in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, earning 90.25 points for covering Sweet Pro’s Long John (D&H Cattle Co.) to ensure the win for more than $45,000 in earnings and 560 points towards the PBR world standings.

“I let one slip away earlier and so I figured Long John would be the perfect one to make up a little bit of ground.” Harris said. “Luckily, it worked out in my favor.”

Local rookie Mason Lowe took second place after winning Round 2 on Saturday and placing third in Round 3 on Sunday with an 87.25- point ride on Come on Baby (Cord McCoy/Tim Dougherty) for a total aggregate score of 175.75 points.  He earned a total of 325 world points on the weekend.

Third place went to Canadian Tanner Byrne, who led the event heading into the championship round. Byrne was perfect in the preliminary rounds, going 3-for-3, but failed to cover his championship-round selection, Who Dey (K-C/Josey McElroy Bucking Bulls/Spark-lin-Acres). Byrne collected a total of 240 points towards the world standings for his finish.

Stetson Lawrence earned 190 points towards the world standings for a fourth-place finish, while Ben Jones rounded out the Top 5 for 145 world points.

No. 1 rider in the world standings J.B. Mauney held onto his top spot despite having his weekend cut short in Round 3. He sustained a bruised left leg and ankle, as well as spraining his left knee (MCL), when his leg hung in the slat of the chute as the bull bucked prior to his ride attempt. He was unable to take his re-ride or compete in the championship round.

With a bull score of 46.25 out of 50 points, Bruiser earned the Salem Nationalease High-marked Bull award in Springfield after tossing 2010 PBR World Champion Renato Nunes in 7.41 seconds during Round 3.

Rounds 1 and 3 of the PFI Invitational also stood as an ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) two-round Super Classic competition for bulls 3 and 4 years old. 32Y Bruiser from D&H/Buck Cattle Co. was the highest-marked bull on both Friday and Sunday with ABBI scores of 91.25 and 93 for a total of 184.25.  He earned over $20,000 for first place.

In second from 01 Cattle Co. was Y4 Wired Child with a combined score of 180.75, worth $12,600 in winnings. In third from D&H/Bay Farms was Buck Autism with a total score of 179.5 which netted $8,750. The ABBI Super Classic paid out $70,000. At the upcoming World Finals in Las Vegas, ABBI will pay out $200,000 to the winning Classic bull.

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Springfield was the 23rd stop on the 2015 Built Ford Tough Series. The season will culminate with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 when the 2015 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most points during the 2015 season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.

Next on the 2015 BFTS is a stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Time Warner Cable Arena on Sept. 18-19 for the Express Employment Professionals Invitational. The event takes place at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 18 and 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 19. CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 2 on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET while the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be televised on CBS at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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2015 Professional Bull Riders – PFI Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops
Springfield, Missouri – JQH Arena
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. J.W. Harris, 87.5-83-0-90.25-260.75-560 Points.
2. Mason Lowe, 0-88.5-87.25-0-175.75-325 Points.
3. Tanner Byrne, 83.75-86-86-0-255.75-240 Points.
4. Stetson Lawrence, 87-0-87.25-0-174.25-190 Points.
5. Ben Jones, 0-85.25-88.25-0-173.50-145 Points.
6. Robson Palermo, 0-86.25-87.5-0-173.75-140 Points.
7. Cooper Davis, 88-88.5-0-0-0-88-110 Points.
8. Gage Gay, 0-87.5-85.75-0-173.25-80 Points.
9. J.B. Mauney, 87.25-83.75-0-0-171-60 Points.
(tie). Matt Triplett, 0-86.75-0-0-86.75-60 Points.
11. Cody Nance, 0-86.5-0-0-86.50-47.5 Points.
12. Kasey Hayes, 0-0-87-0-87-40 Points.
(tie). Brady Sims, 86.5-86.25-0-0-172.75-40 Points.
14. Aaron Roy, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50-17.5 Points.
(tie). Chase Outlaw, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50-17.5 Points.
16. Shane Proctor, 0-0-86.5-0-86.50-7.5 Points.
17. Kaique Pacheco, 0-86-0-0-86
18. Reese Cates, 85.75-0-0-0-85.75
19. Ryan Dirteater, 85-0-0-0-85
20. Dave Mason, 0-84.5-0-0-84.50
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0-0
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0-0
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Renato Nunes, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Neil Holmes, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Alexandre Cardozo, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Lane Lasley, 0-0-0-0-0-0
Zane Cook, 0-0-0-0-0-0

2015 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. J.B. Mauney, 25, 4, 11, 3,947.50, $269,057.49
2. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 38, 3, 12, 3,635.00, $524,505.80
3. Kaique Pacheco, 51, 11, 18, 2,987.50, $306,946.19
4. Matt Triplett, 37, 2, 12, 2,782.50, $176,630.13
5. Fabiano Vieira, 37, 2, 10, 2,547.50, $198,800.22
6. J.W. Harris, 29, 2, 7, 2,257.50, $145,720.00
7. Nathan Schaper, 40, 2, 10, 2,170.00, $128,564.07
8. Stetson Lawrence, 38, 1, 11, 2,031.25, $111,343.46
9. Valdiron de Oliveira, 34, 1, 10, 1,903.33, $124,650.31
10. Guilherme Marchi, 36, 2, 7, 1,862.50, $139,897.35
11. Reese Cates, 43, 4, 11, 1,742.50, $127,296.95
12. Silvano Alves, 27, 3, 10, 1,728.33, $216,616.22
13. Cody Nance, 54, 3, 16, 1,580.00, $122,228.23
14. Tanner Byrne, 45, 3, 20, 1,457.50, $110,758.57
15. Mike Lee, 51, 5, 13, 1,390.00, $125,434.09
16. Shane Proctor, 30, 0, 5, 1,370.00, $70,797.70
17. Eduardo Aparecido, 33, 2, 7, 1,367.50, $93,713.28
18. Mason Lowe, 25, 4, 12, 1,359.16, $82,458.58
19. Ben Jones, 37, 4, 11, 1,315.00, $109,277.56
20. Cooper Davis, 40, 1, 12, 1,240.00, $115,471.58
21. Robson Aragao, 53, 0, 15, 1,200.00, $81,395.64
22. Rubens Barbosa, 32, 1, 7, 1,021.25, $69,398.18
23. Gage Gay, 43, 4, 8, 990.00, $74,462.37
24. Renato Nunes, 33, 5, 8, 980.00, $66,178.66
25. Aaron Roy, 33, 2, 8, 947.50, $85,385.87
26. Kasey Hayes, 31, 1, 3, 832.50, $54,738.46
27. Chase Outlaw, 17, 1, 5, 827.50, $52,244.40
28. Ryan Dirteater, 43, 0, 5, 730.83, $49,990.79
29. L.J. Jenkins, 19, 0, 3, 728.75, $42,200.18
30. Brady Sims, 31, 0, 2, 667.50, $47,676.87
31. Stormy Wing, 33, 2, 5, 655.00, $41,955.57
32. Robson Palermo, 42, 2, 7, 627.50, $50,309.58
33. Bonner Bolton, 32, 2, 6, 583.33, $43,891.06
34. Michael Lane, 37, 1, 13, 548.33, $46,528.32
35. Lachlan Richardson, 55, 4, 14, 542.50, $57,815.12
36. Dave Mason, 49, 5, 11, 535.00, $46,473.42
37. Tyler Harr, 61, 2, 11, 477.50, $49,868.29
38. Neil Holmes, 34, 5, 12, 465.00, $51,945.11
39. Alexandre Cardozo, 53, 4, 10, 464.16, $49,904.93
40. Douglas Duncan, 34, 0, 3, 463.75, $30,559.02
41. Luis Blanco, 55, 3, 15, 455.00, $50,842.45
42. Justin Paton, 34, 4, 13, 427.50, $33,729.63
43. Thad Newell, 37, 1, 14, 365.83, $49,078.60
44. Sean Willingham, 32, 0, 3, 337.50, $28,417.69
45. Luciano Henrique De Castro, 12, 2, 8, 335.00, $185,038.33

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HARRIS TRYING TO FIND BALANCE

By: Justin Felisko September 12, 2015@ 02:00:00 PM

J.W. Harris sits in second place heading into Saturday's action.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Harris sits in second at the PFI Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, following his 87.5-point ride on Legacy Friday night.
  • Harris faces Cowboy Soul (0-0, BFTS) on Saturday night in Round 2. He will be the first out of the evening inside JQH Arena at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Harris said being involved with the BlueDEF Bucking Madness competition helped him focus. 

IN THIS ARTICLE


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It was late December last year when J.W. Harris was getting his bull rope ready at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas when the thought crossed his mind.

The fire that had always driven Harris to strive to be the best in the business wasn’t there anymore.

“That fire started to dim last year at the NFR,” Harris said. “I wasn’t excited about being there. I was ready to go home. This is my ninth year here and I have seen everything. I was over it. I was like that is not a good thing.

“It was almost to a point that I was thinking of being done. I was like, ‘If you can’t get pumped up for the NFR, maybe it is time.’”

Harris finished 4-for-10 and packed up his things and headed home to Texas.

The four-time PRCA champion and 2014 PBR Rookie of the Year quickly shook off the thought of retirement and reminded himself he was too young and still had something left in the tank.

After a few weekends that drive was once again there in time for the start of the 2015 Built Ford Tough Series.

He went on to finish in the Top-10 of five of the first eight BFTS events, and he won his first career event in Kansas City, Missouri.

Harris was fired up, driven and in hot pursuit of becoming a PBR World Champion contender.

He finished second in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, two weeks later and then fifth in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Harris was quickly evolving into one of the PBR’s top contenders and was sitting a career-best fourth in the world standings.

“I did good and I was like, ‘Alright, I am back and I got this figured out,’ Harris said in Bowie, Texas, earlier this month. “Then you have a few bad spells and you think, ‘Here we go again.’

“You get inside your head and you think all this stuff is happening again.”

The 29-year-old would only place in the Top 10 of a BFTS event twice in the next five months.

He sits in second at the PFI Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, following his 87.5-point ride on Legacy Friday night.

“That was just exactly what I needed,” Harris said. “He just kicked right around the left and all I had to do was sit there and not think.”

Four days with PBR Director of Livestock Cody Lambert, two-time World Champion Justin McBride, Ring of Honor inductee Jerome Robinson and a slew of other bull riding legends and active riders during the filming for the BlueDEF Bucking Madness reality show a week-and-half ago may have just been the flint lacking in Harris’ arsenal to bring back his competitive fire.

Harris, who served as one of the coaches for the 10 contestants, was able to spend the majority of the week thinking bull riding prior to the Thackerville, Oklahoma, BFTS event.

“Everyone is talking about bull riding and you realize you haven’t forgotten what you know,” Harris said. “It just lit that fire back. It brings you back to day one and that fire was going full blast. That was all you cared about and thought about. You ate, slept and breathed bull riding.”

During the camp, Lambert pulled Harris aside to offer him some advice.

“Lambert kind of pointed some things out to me that he felt like was causing some problems with me,” Harris said. “He explained it to me that it happens to every bull rider in his career.”

Harris explained that Lambert talked to him about finding a balance for his bull riding career with trying to be a good husband, father and man around the house. Harris and his wife, Jackie, also have been spending plenty of time working on the house they are building on 108 acres in Goldthwaite, Texas.

Throughout the camp, Harris jokingly commented to the contestants that he spends too much time thinking about cabinets instead of bull riding during the week.

“I have so much going on,” Harris said. “I am a dad and a husband. I have two great kids (Aubrey and Dillon) and my wife is awesome. I got those things at home. Some people want to call them a distraction; to me they are not a distraction. It is an awesome thing. We have so much going on at home that I don’t have time to think about bull riding. For me, this was a refresher for me to step back into bull riding and just soak it up.”

Lambert mentioned during last week’s “Road to Vegas” telecast on CBS Sports Network that his No. 1 focus in the latter part of his career was being a good husband and father.

He understands it can be a struggle for some riders, and Harris is not the first to mention such struggles.

“I rode for the love of the game, but my situation with my wife and my son was way more important to me than the gold buckle or any of that kind of stuff was,” Lambert said. “I could not stay focused enough on the riding part of it. I was focused on making a living for my family and doing it in a job where I loved my job second to my family.”

Nine-time World Champion Ty Murray has mentioned multiple times before that he purposely didn’t start a family until after his riding career was over.

Still, it isn’t impossible to find success.

“It is more me. It is not that the house or being married or having kids is a distraction to me that I can’t perform,” Harris said. “Me and Jackie got married in 2009. I won three more gold buckles after that. I know it is not her. I know it is not my kids. I know it is not the house or being home. I just let some things get in front of bull riding. My family comes first.”

Good friend Nathan Schaper, another coach at Bucking Madness, brought up how Harris is adjusting to the PBR schedule.

Schaper explained this is the first year Harris has not been rodeoing. Therefore, he has to get used to the PBR lifestyle where BFTS riders only compete on the weekends and do not have to go to bull ridings throughout the week.

“This is different for him,” Schaper said. “I am guilty of it. I get a week home sometimes and, honestly, I don’t think about bull riding at all. Then I get here on the weekends and I try and transform my mind and body to do this all of a sudden and that is bad. If you are thinking about it during the week and it is automatic and you don’t have to be thinking about it anymore.” 

There is no golden solution.

For now, Harris says he needs to just try and think about bull riding whenever he has a few minutes during the week.

Whether it is on the back of a tractor or while driving to Home Depot or Bed Bath and Beyond, he needs to make sure his head remains in the game.

Professional bull riding is too tough to think you can just show up and be dominant.

“That is the hardest thing to do – flip the switch,” Harris said. “You go all weekend and you haven’t thought about it. You show up and you have to flip that switch and it is automatically bull riding. That is mentally draining. You drain yourself so mentally just thinking about it that you almost wear yourself out physically trying to get bull riding on your mind. You just have to make time for it during the week.”

Harris faces Cowboy Soul (0-0, BFTS) on Saturday night in Round 2. He will be the first out of the evening inside JQH Arena at 8 p.m. ET.

Many, such as Lambert, McBride and Robinson, feel Harris will end the season strongly following Boot Camp in Bowie.

He may have finished 0-for-2 in Thackerville, but Harris’ Friday night ride in Springfield may be the beginning of a strong push to Finals, where it is expected Harris will be a contender for the World Finals event title.

“I think we had our motors running too much last week,” Harris said. “That is an easy thing to do. Going to that school, I just had everything going and was trying to make it happen instead of going out there and letting it happen.

“We are on the right track now.”

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