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Lostroh back to winning ways; takes Anaheim event
Jan 26, 2010 - 1:48:55 AM

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Kody Lostroh was back to his winning form in Anaheim, to win the event. Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media photo

When asked to give a quote or two, Kody Lostroh quipped, “I’m going to Disneyland!” Well, he’s not really, that’s just what he told me when I spoke with him after his win in Anaheim. “That’s just what everybody says,” he laughed. He certainly could have afforded to take the family, as he walked out of the Honda Center with just under $35,000.


“The weekend went good. I’ve been hitting the dirt lately, but it didn’t really feel as if I was riding bad, just for whatever reason I wasn’t getting the job done. You know you’re just a hair away from turning it around. I’m not worried about it. Everyone’s been making a big deal about it, but that’s the way this sport goes. There’s ups and downs and it’s a fight every weekend.”


Not this weekend. After round two Kody grabbed that top spot, and stayed there through the remaining two rounds. But it was Travis Briscoe who found himself with the round win on opening night. Briscoe covered Hawaiian Ivory, a bull from Flying U/Cindy Rosser Bucking Bulls for a big 90.5. Australia’s Brendon Clark had a good ride as well, and scored an 89.25 on Cooper, owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve.


Third went to Brian Canter on the strong SoulJa Boy with an 89. That bull is hauled by Jeff Robinson/Priest Creek Ranch. Tied for fourth and fifth with 88 points were Lostroh and Aaron Roy. Lostroh covered the Don Kish Bucking Bull Facial Fear, while Roy was successful on Show Time, owned by D&H Cattle Company.


Chris Shivers fans only got to see him briefly this weekend. He was hit hard three times on the way down by the D&H bull Kool-N-Sexy and when our other reporter Linda Peterson later asked him if he was OK, he said that he was going to be really sore Saturday. He was, bad enough to fly back home. But apparently, by the time he got there and got off the plane, he realized that he most probably could have ridden the other days. Shivers has nothing to prove, and better that he wait one week and come back healthy, in my opinion.


Round two saw 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi show the form that won him that title. He rode D&H Cattle Company’s Slingers Back for an even 88 points and the round win. Second was L.J. Jenkins. He covered Wise One Willy, owned by Don Kish Bucking Bulls, for an 86.5. Third and fourth found a tie between Josh Koschel and Roy. Koschel rode a Highland Cattle Company bull, Shredder, and Roy mastered Fully Loaded, owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve. Both men were given scores of 86.25.


Canter had a scary wreck in this round that had the fans gasping. He bucked off a bull owned by Champion Bucking Bulls, Pick A Spot, and took a shot to the head when the bull stepped on him. It looked awful, but he came out of it relatively unscathed and with a concussion, and rode the rest of the event.


All new names for Anaheim hitting the top four in round three. Robson Palermo rode The Deacon, owned by Ace of Spades Ranch to the win with a score of 89.25. Elliott Jacoby was second with his score of 88.75. He covered Yellow, owned by Alex Howser. There was a tie between third and fourth between veteran Brian Herman and Sean Willingham, with both men scoring 88.5. Herman rode a bull that had already been to the pay window, Cooper, and Willingham conquered Shotgun Willy, owned by Holman Bucking Bulls.


Marchi had a tough time in the chutes with Life Sentence, owned by Ace of Spades Ranch. The bull ducked and reared a couple of times, and this was after Guilherme had had to pull his rope twice. Unable to get his hand out of the rope, he said he “heard something snap” and was unable to ride in the round. It is unknown if his wrist or hand is broken and X-rays will be taken on Monday.


Travis Briscoe took advantage of the opportunity J.B. Mauney gave him and moved to the top of the BFTS standings. Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media photo

Championship Round time, and Lostroh had the first pick. He chose Tower 59, owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve. When the dust settled that proved to be an excellent decision. He won the short-go on this bull with a score of 90.5. Skeeter Kingsolver grabbed Hawaiian Ivory, the bull Briscoe won the first round on, and was second in the short-go. His score was 88.75. Third went to Briscoe with a score of 88. He rode the D&H Cattle Company bull, Stubby. Fourth was Caleb Sanderson. He took a Don Kish Bucking Bull, Little Juicy, and was given an 87.75 for his hard work. Right behind him in fifth was Valdiron de Oliveira with a score of 87.5. He rode another Kish bull, Necessary Evil.


So Lostroh won the Anaheim event for the second year in a row. He did not even remember that he won last year until he was told that when he got to the arena before the event started. Kingsolver was second, de Oliveira third, Koschel fourth, and Sanderson fifth. All five of these me rode all four of their bulls.


Canter suffered another concussion during the short-go, but is expected to ride next week in Tampa. One who might not be so lucky is Marchi. As previously stated, we are still waiting on X-ray results.


With five events in the bag for the season, the first cut is coming up. Some of those men who are in trouble are Pete Farley, Kasey Hayes, Brian Herman, and Rocky McDonald. With Herman having to fight his way back from the Touring Pro Division to get back on the BFTS, he will talk things over with his wife, but this might have been the last time we got to see him ride. At 39 years of age, Herman is not sure if he wants to fight it out to get back on the tour. Whatever his decision, Brian has been a great member of the PBR family.


BFTS standings leader J.B. Mauney did not ride one bull in Southern California. Even worse, he stayed on his three bulls for more than seven seconds each time, only to be bucked off before the magic eight. Can you say unhappy?


Because of the poor showing Mauney had in Anaheim, Travis Briscoe, who seems to love the first of each season, took the lead in the BFTS standings. J.B. is second, de Oliveira third, Marchi fourth, Shane Proctor fifth, followed by Palermo, McKennon Wimberly, Kingsolver, Renato Nunes, and Koschel.


Next week they travel across the country to Florida for the sixth event of the season.


Be safe and God Bless,

Viva La Raza,


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