The race for the world champion buckle continues this weekend in Tacoma, WA. The top 40 riders in the world will square off again with the west coasts baddest bulls, as well as a few top buckers from the north side of the border.
Top rider and fan loved Kody Lostroh has the young bull Crystal Ball from Don Kish Bucking Bulls. Ridden 75.0% of the time he is a mid 80's score for those that ride him, which Kody should have no difficulties doing.
Number 2 rider JB Mauney has got Bam Bam out of the Get A Grip bucking pens. A brand new bull, Mauney will probably have little difficulty with him. However, something in this bull's past was good enough for Lambert to bring him in, so maybe he will show us something extra.
Then there is the man who if Lostroh and Mauney don't watch their behinds is going to swoop in and take over the lead, Wiley Peterson. Peterson is on a streak riding 10 consecutive bulls. He's got the new bull Shotgun Willie from fellow bull riding superstar Ross Coleman. With a good showing this weekend, Peterson could easily pass Mauney and take over the number two position as he sits only about 40 points behind the young Carolina man.
A little further back in fourth right now is our 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi. Marchi will square off with the Corey and Horst Rodeo Company's star Due North. Ridden his last four outs, this bull generally helps provide scores in the low to mid 80's. With bull scores hovering around the 41.00 mark it is unlikely this will be a go round winner, but a ride on him could put Marchi in position for the event title.
Getting away from the top 4 guys, Cody Ford, who got banged around a few weeks ago, has Jack Be Nimble, another new bull from Chumley Cattle Company. Ford is ridding very well lately, so hopefully he can get a score and put himself in position for his second win of the season.
Also a welcome back this weekend to Brian Canter who has been out injured for quite some time. He is going to get aboard the Don Kish bull Splatter. Around since the 2005 season, he is a solid mid 80's bull, so with judge scores the way they have been lately this could provide Canter a top 5 score. However, he is likely to be a little rusty from having to sit out for so many weekends, so this is going to be a wait and see ride.
That's all I have time for right now. Head on over to the PBR's website to check out the rest of the match ups.
On a side note, my sympathies go out to the Hart family in the loss of their mother.
Also, a Happy Birthday to my younger brother who is 19 today.