Sonny in the bub­ble

Dysart rider step closer to mak­ing Las Ve­gas bull rid­ing dreams re­al­ity

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DYSART cow­boy Sonny Schaf­ferius moved one step closer last week­end to re­al­is­ing one of his goals – qual­i­fy­ing for the PBR’s World Fi­nals in Las Ve­gas on Novem­ber 1–5.

Like many as­pir­ing young bull rid­ers Sonny has al­ways dreamt of rid­ing at this elite level.

For many it is sim­ply a wist­ful dream but for Sonny, he has never lost fo­cus.

He has worked hard and sac­ri­ficed a lot to get where he is right now.

The top 35 bull rid­ers in the world com­pete at the PBR World Fi­nals – rid­ers just out of the 35 are of­ten re­ferred to as “in the bub­ble”. They are just on the brink of qual­i­fy­ing.

On the week­end Sonny was one of four Aussies (Troy Wilkin­son reign­ing PBRA Cham­pion, Nathan Burten­shaw PBRA 2017 Fi­nals Cham­pion and Lach­lan Richard­son World Fi­nals qual­i­fier) com­pet­ing at the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Se­ries event “Rum­ble In The Rock­ies” at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He qual­i­fied as an al­ter­nate and was in­tent on mak­ing the most of the op­por­tu­nity to earn valu­able world points. He did not dis­ap­point.

In round one he marked an 86 to place fourth in the round be­hind Derek Kol­baba (USA), Fabi­ano Vieira (Brazil) and Ed­uardp Apare­cido (Brazil) – cur­rently the world’s num­ber one.

Into the sec­ond round and Sonny made an­other qual­i­fied ride for 85 points that com­men­ta­tors de­scribed as “pic­ture per­fect”.

Over­all, the Dysart na­tive ended up fifth but more im­por­tantly earned valu­able world points and has moved to num­ber 41 in the world rank­ings.

With only a cou­ple of events left to se­cure a spot at the world fi­nals, there is a lot rid­ing on the results over the next cou­ple of weeks.

Sonny, along with his Aussie trav­el­ling bud­dies, will be mak­ing the most of it and is set on mak­ing Las Ve­gas.

It is go­ing to big a big few months for these guys.

Fol­low­ing the World Fi­nals, the Aus­tralian team will be head­ing straight to Ed­mon­ton Canada for the Global Cup on Novem­ber 9–11.

From there, we will be wel­com­ing them all back home for Townsville’s Iron Cow­boy on Novem­ber 17–18; two huge nights of great bull rid­ing ac­tion that will fea­ture not only the best bull rid­ers in Aus­tralia but many in­ter­na­tional rid­ers.

Tick­ets are on sale now, so get in early to avoid miss­ing out. Visit www.pbraus­tralia.com.au.

PHOTOS: ANDY WAT­SON

TOP FORM: Sonny Schaf­ferius at­tempts to ride BMC Buck­ing Bulls/Jeff Robin­son’s Bez­erk dur­ing the PBR Iron Cow­boy Built Ford Tough Se­ries.

Sonny Schaf­ferius at­tempts to ride Dozier Cat­tle Co’s Church Bells dur­ing the first round of the PBR Lit­tle Rock Built Ford Tough se­ries.

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