The Lone Star State proved lucky once again for Oklahoma bull rider Justin McBride. The 21-year-old cowboy snagged his fourth event championship June 23 with a winning performance at the Professional Bull Riders' Justin Bull Riding Championship in Houston.The Lone Star State proved lucky once again for Oklahoma bull rider Justin McBride. The 21-year-old cowboy snagged his fourth event championship June 23 with a winning performance at the Professional Bull Riders' Justin Bull Riding Championship in Houston.
The Lone Star State proved lucky once again for Oklahoma bull rider Justin McBride. The 21-year-old cowboy snagged his fourth event championship June 23 with a winning performance at the Professional Bull Riders’ Justin Bull Riding Championship in Houston.
The event was the 22nd stop on the PBR’s Bud Light Cup Series. McBride, who last August left Houston $30,000 richer after winning the event’s Mossy Oak Shootout, was the only man of the 45-man field to successfully ride each of his three bulls at the Houston event. His highest scoring ride came in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round when he topped bull Law Dog for a crowd-pleasing 93.5 points.
The impressive score on Law Dog combined with 81-point and 88-point rides in the event’s preliminary rounds brought his three-ride total to 262.5 points. McBride left Houston’s Reliant Arena with $28,080 in fresh PBR earnings.
Despite his confidence going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, McBride had predicted a different outcome of the event. His best friend and fellow bull rider Ross Coleman headed into the Championship Round leading the event and was matched with the 2000 PBR Bull of the Year, Dillinger. However, Coleman was bucked off the 1,800-pound bull and finished in third place behind McBride and second-place finisher Ty Murray.
"I thought I’d finish in second place when I saw the draw for the (Built Ford Tough Championship Round)," said McBride. "Dillinger is one of the greatest bulls in the world and Ross is one of the greatest bull riders in the world. I know if they ran Dillinger in the chute tomorrow Ross could ride him."
Immediately after his ride, an elated McBride was presented a trophy buckle in the arena by rodeo legend Jim Shoulders, a 16-time world champion cowboy. McBride is currently ranked third in the 2001 Bud Light Cup Points standings. Murray, who earned $17,080 for his efforts in Houston, is ranked second with 8,168.5, while season-long leader Adriano Moraes remains atop the standings with 8,388.5 points.
Notes from the event:
Tennessee bull rider Cory Rasch watched $100,000 slip from his grasp Friday night when he was bucked off bull Dillinger in the Mossy Oak Shootout. The 21-year-old Rasch earned a shot at the $100,000 cash prize by winning the opening round of competition with a 91-point ride on Terry Williams’ bull Smokin’ Joe. The Mossy Oak Shootout has gone unclaimed since last August at the Bud Light Cup event in Houston. Each time the prize is unclaimed, the jackpot increases by $5,000. Now that the prize has swelled to $100,000, it will remain at $100,000. However, for each event that the prize goes unclaimed, an additional $5,000 will go toward the Mossy Oak Shootout prize up for grabs after the $100,000 is claimed. The next Mossy Oak Shootout is scheduled for Aug. 10-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
1. Justin McBride – $28,080
2. Ty Murray – $17,080
3. Ross Coleman – $9,265
4. Tony Mendes – $8,030
5. Cory Rasch – $6,480
6. Jesse Schellhamer – $4,150
7. Gary Richard – $3,600
8/9 Dave Samsel – $1,930
8/9æWiley Petersen – $2,125
10. Charles Litchfield – $1,298