Dusty LaBeth reached two of his career goals as a Professional Bull Rider at Nashville's Bullnanza, June 8-9, and in the process bagged his first ever Bud Light Cup event.Dusty LaBeth reached two of his career goals as a Professional Bull Rider at Nashville's Bullnanza, June 8-9, and in the process bagged his first ever Bud Light Cup event.
Dusty LaBeth reached two of his career goals as a Professional Bull Rider at Nashville’s Bullnanza, June 8-9, and in the process bagged his first ever Bud Light Cup event.
The 21-year-old out of Stanley, Kan., covered all three of his bulls, including the intimidating cream-colored Cripple Creek Promiseland, for a total of 270 points to earn first place prize money of $27,330. "Two of my goals when I joined the PBR was to ride all three bulls and win a Bud Light Cup event," said a very happy LaBeth, who joined the PBR in 1998. "When I saw that I had drawn Promiseland, I called home and told my parents that I had a real chance to win this thing."
LaBeth passed Oregon’s Ross Coleman in the Built Ford Tough Championship round with an event-high score of 95.5. Earlier, in a re-ride, the 6’2" Coleman mastered Ransom for a 91. After two rounds, Justin McBride, who has captured three Bud Light Cup events this year and Ty Murray, facing a rematch with Freddy Cordell’s Happy Hopper in the championship round appeared to be the favorites to win. McBride, who has been brilliantly consistent this year, was spun off Herrington’s Blueberry Wine. Murray, a seven-time world champion, was violently bucked off Happy Hooker and then took a kick to the head from the surly bull. Murray suffered a laceration to the side of the head and was stitched up by the Justin Sports Medicine staff.
McBride and Murray were two of five riders to cover their bulls in the first two rounds. McBride led the pack with a combined score of 178.5, LaBeth was second with 174.5 and Murray third at 173. Brian Herman, of Victoria, Tex., and newcomer Billy Robinson, of Galax, Va., successfully rode their first two bulls. But Herman, Robinson and 11 others all failed to post scores in a rugged Built Ford Tough Championship round.
Herrington’s proud 2000 Bull of the Year, Dillinger stamped his dominance on the 45-man field by spilling current Bud Light Cup points leader and 1994 PBR Bud Light Cup world champion Adriano Moraes in the $95,000 Mossy Oak Shootout. "It was heartbreaking," said the tough Brazilian, who despite riding only one bull in the two-day competition, retained his overall points lead by more than 800 points over Murray. "Dillinger is a bull you want to ride and you try to concentrate on the bull and not the money," explained Moraes. The 31-year-old from Sao Paulo stayed with Dillinger early in his ride, but the dangerous and crafty bull turned suddenly, stutter-stepped, then skipped and finally kicked Moraes off-balance and to the turf, disappointing a raucous crowd at Municipal Auditorium.
Dillinger wasn’t finished, unceremoniously dumping 2000 PBR Bud Light Cup world champion Chris Shivers in the Ford Championship Round.
Injuries at the Nashville event were mostly minor except for former world champion Michael Gaffney who conquered Latham Bucking Bulls’ Pale Face with a first round score of 83 but suffered a broken jaw when he was trapped underneath the bull after dismounting.
LaBeth’s 95.5 triumph on Cripple Creek Promiseland tied McBride for the second-highest score on the Bud Light Cup Circuit this year. Gilbert Carrillo handled Herrington Cattle Company’s Perfect Storm for a sizzling 96 in St. Louis in February.
The PBR Bud Light Cup Series continues in Houston, Tex., on June 22-23 where the Mossy Oak Shootout swells to a record $100,000.
1. Dusty LaBeth – $27,330
2. Ross Coleman – $17,860
3. Justin McBride – $11,020
4. Ty Murray – $7,530
5. Brian Herman – $3,750
6. Billy Robinson – $3,006
7. Adriano Moraes – $4,380
8. Dustin Hall – $2,080
9. Wiley Petersen – $1,468
10. Chris Shivers $1,142