39-year-old Gary Richard claims PBR title and $45,342

Gary Richard is the father of six children and the grandfather of two. He's also the most recent event champion on the Professional Bull Riders' 2002 Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.Gary Richard is the father of six children and the grandfather of two. He's also the most recent event champion on the Professional Bull Riders' 2002 Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.

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Gary Richard is the father of six children and the grandfather of two. He’s also the most recent event champion on the Professional Bull Riders’ 2002 Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.

Richard, who at age 39 is the most senior member on the 45-man Bud Light Cup Series, scored 265 points on three bulls Feb. 23-24 at the PBR St. Louis (Mo.) Open to win his first ever Bud Light Cup event title. The win, which included a $20,000 Ford Moment of Truth bonus, added $45,342 to Richard’s season earnings and a Texas-sized smile to the Houston native’s face.

"I just can’t describe how I’m feeling right now," said the elated Richard immediately following the ride. "I just thank God that I’m healthy and able to stay focused and ride a great bull like that."

The $20,000 bonus was awarded to Richard for maintaining the lead he earned heading into the 15-man Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Richard earned 176 points on his two preliminary-round bulls and scored 89 points on Mark Ward’s bull Troublemaker in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round to solidify the victory at the St. Louis Open, the ninth stop on the 29-city Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.

"I really wasn’t thinking about the (Ford Moment of Truth) money before the ride," said Richard. "You have to put that out of your mind and concentrate on getting by that one bull and making one good ride. But it sure is a good feeling afterward to know you were able to do what it took to win it (the bonus)."

Richard, a long-time sentimental PBR fan favorite, also won Round Two with a 90-point ride on John Pinkterton’s bull Kelly’s Cat.

Dave Samsel of Stephenville, Texas, finished second to Richard with 262 points on three bulls. The runner-up finish was worth $15,110 for 30-year-old Samsel, who was the only rider besides Richard to ride each of his three bulls at the St. Louis Open.

Gilbert Carrillo, also of Stephenville, finished third with 179 points. Carrillo won Round Three – the Built Ford Tough Championship Round – with 91.5 points on Jerry Nelson’s bull Alligator.

Jim Sharp continued his season-long hot streak by winning Round One of the Bud Light Cup St. Louis Open and thus earning a shot at the $75,000 Mossy Oak Shootout. Sharp, 36, matched up with H.D. Page’s bull In Law in the Mossy Oak Shootout but was bucked off 5.5 seconds into the ride. The Shootout bonus climbs to $80,000 next Saturday in Bakersfield, Calif.

1 Gary Richard – $45,342
2 Dave Samsel – $15,110
3 Gilbert Carrillo – $11,728
4 Ednei Caminhas – $5,950
5 Tony Mendes – $4,530
6 Claudeny Dos Santos – $2,473
7 Wiley Petersen – $1,650
8 Jim Sharp – $4,780
9 Michael Gaffney – $2,950
10/12 Bart Jackson – $1,349
10/12 Jaron Nunnemaker – $1,349
10/12 Dustin Hall – $2,493