Aaron Semas wins Florida PBR event

At 34 years of age, Californian Aaron Semas is a seasoned veteran in the sport of bull riding. Of course, "seasoned veteran" could be code for "too old," but don't tell that to Semas. He just won the fourth stop on the Professional Bull Riders Bud Lite Cup-sponsored 2001 tour, held Jan. 20 in Tampa, Fla.At 34 years of age, Californian Aaron Semas is a seasoned veteran in the sport of bull riding. Of course, "seasoned veteran" could be code for "too old," but don't tell that to Semas. He just won the fourth stop on the Professional Bull Riders Bud Lite Cup-sponsored 2001 tour, held Jan. 20 in Tampa, Fla.

Story originally posted by: John BrasseauxHorseCity.com Western Content Director

At 34 years of age, Californian Aaron Semas is a seasoned veteran in the sport of bull riding. Of course, "seasoned veteran" could be code for "too old," but don’t tell that to Semas. He just won the fourth stop on the Professional Bull Riders Bud Lite Cup-sponsored 2001 tour, held Jan. 20 in Tampa, Fla.

This PBR event was new, in that it was a two-go round, one-day event. Previously, all PBR Bud Lite Cup events were two-day affairs, with a go-round Saturday night, a go-round Sunday afternoon and a short-go finals immediately following. Semas won this event by virtue of having the highest total score on his two bulls. This shortened format still pays the same amount of money as the two-day event, but requires one less ride. According to the PBR, it will hopefully reduce injuries, a common problem in the high-octane world of PBR competition.

Semas, from Auburn, was on a roll in Tampa. He came in second in the first round with an 89. He then drew Promiseland in the short go. The many-time PBR bull of the year is feared, but rideable, and "promises" a winning score to everyone who can "land" a ride. Semas did, marking a booming 94.5 to win the 15-man short go.

In late October, the PBR Finals will hit Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center for a four-day world finals. There, a season champ and event champ will be crowned. A rider who draws well and rides better can leave with hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings. Unlike the PRCA, points – and not money earned – wins a rider a berth in the association’s 45-man world finals.

1. Aaron Semas – $28,505
2. Brent Vincent – $15,548
3. Adriano Moraes – $10,665
4. Justin McBride – $7,305
5/6. Danny Varnadore – $3,374
5/6. Ty Murray – $3,374
7. Gilbert Carrillo – $1,698
8. Gary Richards – $1,231
9/10. Sam Medlock – $690
9/10. Wiley Petersen – $690