The second event of the new season (and the first one of
2010) was held in Baltimore, Maryland the first weekend of January. To say the
Brazilians were dominate would be an understatement, as four of the first five
placings went to those Killer B’s, including the winner.
Valdiron de Oliveira shows his form on his way to winning the second event on the PBR tour.
Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media photo
Valdiron de Oliveira proved that he is good enough to get
the job done, as he grabbed the first event of 2010. He secured his win by
riding Uncle Buck to an 89.25. Uncle Buck is owned by Teague Bucking Bulls,
Round one went to another Brazilian, Robson Palermo. He
covered Say I Won’t Gunner, owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve, for
an 89.5 score. Second was Renato Nunes, with a solid 89. He rode the Teague
Bucking Bulls, LLC RFD-TV. Third was Chris Shivers with an 87.75 on Larry the
Cable Guy’s Smokey. This bull is owned by Jeff Robinson/Jeffery Scott/Pinnacle.
Interesting to point out here that the top 12 bull riders
all rode their bulls in round one. Yep, 12 for 12.
Also, Luke Snyder participated in his 268th
consecutive event. He keeps racking up the number of events, a feat that might
be extremely hard to beat in the future, particularly since he keeps coming
back week after week. And I for one am glad that he does.
The second round went to our defending World Champion Kody
Lostroh. After missing the first event recuperating from elbow surgery, Lostroh
wasn’t about to let any grass grow under his feet. He scored 88.25 on White
Trash, owned by Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC.
Second to Kody was Sean Willingham. He covered Clam Digger
for a score of 88. Clam Digger is hauled by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/John &
L. De Oliveira was third. He rode the Walton & Wagoner Bucking Bull Iron
Broke to an 87.75.
The Championship Round saw young Ryan McConnel on top. He
scored a big 91.5 on his bull of choice Big Tex, who is owned by Dakota
Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve. There was a tie for second and third between
Palermo and Nunes, both with scores of 89.75. Palermo rode Tahonta’s Shadow,
owned by Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls. Renato covered the Dakota Rodeo/Chad
Berger/Clay Struve bull Yellow Jacket, Jr.
The high-marked bull of the event was Voodoo Child, owned by
Robinson/Beutler/McNeely. He received a score of 46.5.
So, as mentioned earlier, de Oliveira was the winner of the
event. Guilherme Marchi was second, McConnel was third, and the only man to
keep the Brazilians from a clean sweep of the top five, Palermo was fourth, and
The Built Ford Tough World standings finds Marchi in the
lead. He has ridden all of his bulls in this young season and is eight for
eight. Palermo is in second, de Oliveira third, McConnel fourth, and J.B.
So we are in full swing now. Next week is New York, which
always proves to be an exciting event. The main players we saw in 2009 are
right back to business and in the middle of the mix early in 2010. It already
promises to be an exciting season!