Friday, January 16, 2009

Fresno, California, and the Table Mountain Casino Invitational

In what I am fairly certain is the only warmish place in the country, the bulls of the west, and the PBR's top 45 riders will come face to face for 2 events spreading from Friday to Sunday, first in Fresno, and then in Sacramento at the Sacramento Invitational.

The draws are up for both first go rounds. Fresno is tonight. So lets start there.

Current world number one Kody Lostroh has Little Bighorn from Priest Creek Ranch. He's a new bull so I can't tell you much about him. I can tell you that Kody has covered 6 of 7 bulls he has taken on so far, is riding great, and is looking amazing on everything he ties onto.

JB Mauney, who is still riding the hot streak he started up at last seasons World Finals, will take on Flying Rafter Z Rodeo Company, LLC's, bull Big Rig. Yet another new bull. But JB has also covered all but one of his bulls this season, is trailing Kody by just a few dozen points or so and is World Title hungry and in the hunt of that prestigious honor.

Our reigning world champion Guilherme Marchi it taking on another new bull (there are many) Hard Times from Holman Bucking Bulls. Guilherme is as he always is. Riding just about everything, and looking good doing it. He's a bit more than 100 points behind, but he has lots of time to climb back on top, and become the first man to take back to back championships.

One of my favorite guys Cord McCoy is sitting back in 12th position right now. He's drawn the Ryan McClure bull White Lies. We've seen White Lies once on the BFTS, at the Oakland CA event in 2008, when Beau Hill took him on for a 83.25.

A final guy whose draw I will comment on is Luke Snyder and Shotgun Willie (Holman Bucking Bulls). Not because Shotgun Willie has only been ridden 1 out of 6 trips. Not because we haven't seen him since Brian Canter covered him in 2007. But because Luke Snyder has STILL not missed an event since he was a rookie and first appeared on the BFTS in 2001. He is up to 237 consecutive events. This event will put him up to 238, and if he rides in the second event of the weekend, 239. He is the record holder. And I am REALLY impressed by how tough and durable he is. He's ridden hurt tired and sore. But he just keeps going.

To check out the full draw, as well as the short go bulls that are available, head on over to the PBR's website, or click here to go straight to the event page.

1 comment:

Breezey375 said...

Fascinating.... Leave comment on my blog? pleases?
I'm getting to like Cord more and more. And I can;t believe they're letting that one guy some back.