Rookie has a dream ride at top PBR event
AFTER three gruelling rounds of knock-out style competition, Cliff Richardson (Gresford, NSW) was crowned the Last Cowboy Standing at the PBR Australia Cup Series event in front of a capacity crowd at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last Saturday night.
He competed against some of Australia’s best bull riders, including PBR Australia No.1 and No.2 Aaron Kleier and Fraser Babbington, as well as
2016 PBR Australia champion Cody Heffernan, reigning PBR Australia champion Troy Wilkinson and Australia’s top ranked rider on the current world standings, Nathan Burtenshaw.
The international roster of competitors included three former PBR Mexico champions – Jorge Valdiviezo, Gustavo Pedrero and Francisco Morales – as well as current PBR Canada No.1 and
No.3 Brock Radford and Lonnie West.
However, Richardson simply dominated the event, winning all three rounds, finishing off the night with an 88-point ride on Acid Rain (Robert Bunn).
PBR general manager Glen Young said Richardson pulled out all stops to win the event.
“Cliff was a standout throughout the competition, and rode consistently well in each round,” he said.
“We had some of Australia’s best bulls matched up against a top notch line-up of riders, and the sell-out crowd really got behind the fast-paced action of the Last Cowboy Standing format.”
Radford was the only international to place, coming second to Richardson with an
86-point ride on Top Country Blossom (Brandenburg) , with the other top spots taken out by fellow Australians – Rookie Lane Mellers, Nathan Burtenshaw, and rounding out the top 5 Mitch Paton.
You could not wipe the smile from young rookie Lane Mellers’ face following his qualified ride on Game On in the championship round – a bull that until last Saturday night had never had a qualified ride made on him.
Prior to the event Game On’s owners Brian and Kerry King announced that the bull was to be retired from competition and would spend the rest of his days grazing with his herd of cows.
Brian and Kerry are Lane’s great uncle and aunt so it was an extra special moment for all.
The bull of the night top honours was a tie on 43.5 points between Sweet Pros Palooka (Dittmann) and Brandenburg’s newly crowned Bucking Bull of the Year -Take the Gamble.
The Bull Team bonus was also a tie between Brandenburg’s and Dittmann’s.
ROOKIE JOY: Lane Mellers at the PBR Last Cowboy Standing at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Cliff Richardson on Acid Rain at the PBR.
The Monster Energy promo girls Anna Durkin and Amanda Blanks with Last Cowboy Standing winner Cliff Richardson.