Though battered and bruised, Brazilian bull rider Ednei Caminhas proved resilient at the Professional Bull Riders' Bud Light Cup event in Bakersfield, Calif., home of stop No. 10 on the PBR's 29-city Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.Though battered and bruised, Brazilian bull rider Ednei Caminhas proved resilient at the Professional Bull Riders' Bud Light Cup event in Bakersfield, Calif., home of stop No. 10 on the PBR's 29-city Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.
Though battered and bruised, Brazilian bull rider Ednei Caminhas proved resilient at the Professional Bull Riders’ Bud Light Cup event in Bakersfield, Calif., home of stop No. 10 on the PBR’s 29-city Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas.
The win propelled Caminhas past Jim Sharp and Ross Coleman in the Bud Light Cup points standings and into the standings’ No. 1 slot with 3,694.5 points.
Caminhas, 26, clinched the Jim Burke Ford Match of Champions event title – his first title of 2002 – by scoring 260.5 on three bulls March 2-3 in Bakersfield. The $23,185 win came nine days after Caminhas was rushed to the emergency room in Columbus, Ga., after being stepped on by a bull and suffering neck and facial lacerations. Caminhas celebrated his Bakersfield victory in the HealthSouth Sports Medicine room where, moments after competition concluded, 14 stitches were removed from his neck.
"I was a little nervous to come back after the injury," admitted Caminhas. "I was able to ride and win this weekend, but mentally I still don’t feel 100 percent yet. It’s hard to come back after being hurt, but it was in the Lord’s hands tonight and he let me have (this win)."
From the crowd’s perspective, Caminhas was as confident and in control as ever. He was the only rider of the 45-man field to ride all three bulls in Bakersfield. He earned 85.5 points in Round One on Corey and Horst’s bull I-90, and matched that score in Round Two on Don Kish’s bull Mix Master. Caminhas finished second in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round with 89.5 points on Julio Moreno’s Red Bull.
Former PBR Bud Light Cup world champion Troy Dunn, competing in his first PBR event of the 2002 season, won the Built Ford Tough Championship Round with 91.5 points on Don Kish’s previously unridden bull Ugly. It was the highest score of the two-day competition and allowed Dunn of Queensland, Australia, to finish second to Caminhas with 177.5 points. Dunn, whose world-champion status allows him to compete at as many or as few Bud Light Cup Series events as he desires, has been busy organizing professional bull riding in Australia but plans to compete at the next several Bud Light Cup events. His sights are set on qualifying for the Bud Light Cup World Finals – an event he won in 1995 and 1998.
Texan Dave Samsel finished third overall in Bakersfield with 177 points.
Pete Hessman of Dodge City, Kan., earned a shot at the $80,000 Mossy Oak Shootout cash bonus Saturday night by winning Round One with 88 points on Canyon State Livestock’s bull Juice Monkey. In the Mossy Oak Shootout Hessman was matched with Julio Moreno’s bull Red Cloud, whom he rode for 6 seconds before being tossed to the arena dirt. The bonus increases by $5,000 for the next Mossy Oak Shootout slated for Saturday, March 9 in Fort Worth.
1 Ednei Caminhas – $23,185
2 Troy Dunn – $16,182
3 Dave Samsel – $11,940
4 Cory Rasch – $6,045
5 Ryan Pettyjohn – $5,635
6 Mike White – $3,760
7 Royd Doyal – $1,975
8 Jim Sharp – $1,924
9 Wiley Petersen – $1,933
10 Luke Snyder – $830