Wrangler National Finals qualifier Reese Riemer of Stinnett finished fourth with a two-run time of 20.3 seconds. Chase Williams and Matt Shiozawa tied for first after each cowboy turned in a 19.7.
In team roping, former world champions Clay Tryan and Jade Corkill clinched the title after turning in a two-run time of 13.7 seconds. The saddle bronc riding title race concluded with a tie between Chad Ferley, another former world champion, and Layton Green, after each cowboy turned in an 83. Ferley earned his 83 on Harry Vold Rodeo’s Cactus Flower and Green turned in the same score on Rocky Mountain Rodeo’s Klingon.
Other champions were steer wrestler Seth Brockman (9.6 seconds on two head), barrel racer Nancy Hunter (17.55 seconds) and bull rider Garrett Smith (88 points on 4L & Diamond S Rodeo’s Sandi’s Dream).
About 15 events are tentatively scheduled – to be capped by a Finals – with the top performers from the season and the Finals qualifying for the annual RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Fla.
PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman and Mexican Rodeo Federation President Guillermo “Memo” Herrera signed the contract Oct. 26 at the Government Palace of Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico.
“By opening our doors to the country of Mexico, it will provide a great opportunity for the PRCA to reach a whole new fan base and another source of new members and contestants,” Stressman said. “This will also allow our current members the chance to compete in another part of North America.”
Herrera said the partnership will benefit Mexican contestants, as well as the Federation.
“The PRCA is a dream of any rodeo cowboy and cowgirl in the world, and Mexico is not an exception,” Herrera said. “I am so excited to be able to facilitate the opportunity for our Mexican kids, cowboys and cowgirls to experience this dream.”
And now Mexico’s best contestants may dream even bigger, with the ultimate goal of reaching the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev.
“Everybody knows of the NFR, its champions and legends,” Herrera said. “The opportunity to step in the same arena with your heroes, or better yet, to be able to compete with them, just that hope will be a great motivator.”
Herrera said the Mexican cowboys and cowgirls who qualify for the RNCFR – two in each event, which includes the season leader and the champion from the Finals rodeo – in Kissimmee will also be honored by that opportunity. And the community leaders of Osceola County, Fla., who were instrumental in bringing the RNCFR to Kissimmee, are also excited by this new venture.
Fabiano Vieira (Perola, Brazil) finished in third place off an 86.75-point ride on Crazy Days (3CM Cattle Co.) taking the lead from first-time World Finals qualifier Mason Lowe (Exeter, Missouri), who came out of the chutes early in the round to tally 85.5 points on Gangster Bucks (3CM Cattle Co.). Lowe finished in fourth place. Vieira earned 100 points towards his world standings total, while Lowe added 80 points.
Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, Australia) and Cody Nance (Paris, Texas) tied for fifth place with 84.75-point rides, each earning 30 world points. Richardson rode For Play (Bob Whisnant/The Jaynes Gang) and Nance covered Little Tim’s All Nighter (Warren’s Bucking Bulls).
Round 1 also featured the top bulls of the American Bucking Bull, Inc., (ABBI) as an ABBI Classic Finals round, a competition for 3- and 4-year-old bucking bulls. The ABBI bucking bull with the highest score of the night was Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) with 89.75 points.
Behind Bruiser with scores of 88.25 points were Slinger Jr. (Carpenter/VonGontard/Rocking I Rodeo/Treichel) and Rebelution (Ravenscroft/Leslie Walter/Boyd-Floyd). In fourth place was Wicked Stick, Gangsters Wildside (Austin Riley/Josh Beckett) and Red Cloud (Martinez Bucking Bulls), each with a score of 88 points.
Tonight was the first round of the ABBI Classic Finals. The bull with the top average score after the second round on Saturday will be crowned ABBI Classic World Champion and awarded $200,000. For more information visit: www.americanbuckingbull.com.
Round 2 of the 2015 PBR World Finals takes place Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. PT. Thursday also represents the PBR’s Pink Night, featuring the Pink Buckathon. In addition to the riders and PBR staff donning pink and offering a $5,000 Boot Daddy Breast Cancer Bounty Bull, the PBR will also donate $250 for every qualified ride and $1,000 for every 90-point or more ride to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in support to fulfill the PBR’s Pink Promise. Wrangler and MGM Resorts Worldwide.