By: Justin Felisko
March 10, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. – Cody Nance was one of the last riders to leave Talking Stick Resort Arena last week. Now it will be a couple of weeks before he steps foot back inside an arena for a Built Ford Tough Series event.
Nance out for four to eight weeks; Duluth draw notes (3-10-16)
Nance sustained a torn right MCL when he was stepped on by Mr. Bull following his 85.75-point ride. He competed in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, but was bucked off by Spotted Demon in 4.42 seconds.
The 28-year-old is expected to miss between four to eight weeks. Nance has to keep his knee locked in place with a brace for the next 12 days before beginning physical therapy on March 22.
“I believe I’ll heal really fast, my body is used to recovery because I’m trying to so hard,” Nance said. “I have strong muscles and I’ve never enjoyed the knee before so I’m looking forward for an overall fast recovery.”
Nance is currently 26th in the world standings and is 9-for-26 (34.62 percent) with 280 world points.
He has been replaced by Nathan Schaper in this weekend’s Duluth Invitational draw.
Schaper, 39th in the world standings, begins the weekend as the final alternate in Duluth and trails No. 35 Chris Lowe by 10 points.
The Grassy Butte, North Dakota, bull rider has drawn Spear My Gear (0-2, BFTS) in Round 1 Saturday night. Spear My Gear has been ridden by Nance (85.25 points) and Douglas Duncan (85.25 points) in his only two BFTS outs.
No. 30 Justin Paton and Schaper are separated by only 62.5 points.
Lowe, a Uralla, Australia, bull rider, is not competing on the BFTS, which offers a great opportunity to riders below the BFTS cutline looking to get back on tour this weekend.
Other alternates competing include No. 36 Kurt Shephard, No. 36 Duncan and No. 38 Tyler Harr.
Shephard is in the draw as a replacement for No. 16 Mason Lowe, who is out with an undisclosed injury.
Duncan and Harr have replaced No. 22 Cody Heffernan (visa issues) and No. 28 J.W. Harris (elbow surgery).
Matt Triplett is returning from offseason elbow surgery and is currently unranked. He has eight guaranteed BFTS events because of his fifth-place finish in the 2015 world standings.
Shephard is from Atherton, Australia, and is making his BFTS debut after choosing to compete in the United States this year for the first time in his career. The 21-year-old has been competing on American soil since January and recently went 2-for-2 at the Hampton, Virginia, BlueDEF Tour event. Shephard has gone 6-for-16 in the PBR’s BlueDEF Tour and Touring Pro Division.
He will face Freaky Eyes (2-4, BFTS) in Round 1.
Duncan takes on Hammer It Again (0-0, BFTS) and Harr has drawn Evil Ways (1-0, BFTS). Evil Ways bucked off Stormy Wing in 3.93 seconds in Kansas City, Missouri. Duncan has bucked off six consecutive bulls, while Harr has been bounced in 11 straight attempts.
Juliano Da Silva used a victory at the Hampton, Virginia, BlueDEF Tour event last weekend to rocket back to 31st in the world standings and return to the BFTS. Silva takes on Schizophrenic (0-1, BFTS). Aaron Roy rode Schizophrenic in New York for 85.25 points.
Defending World Champion J.B. Mauney is expected to return to competition after missing last weekend’s event in Phoenix because of a personal matter. Mauney has drawn Tux (0-1, BFTS). Robson Palermo rode Tux for 86.25 points in New York.
World leader Shane Proctor looks to bounce back from his 0-for-2 performance in Phoenix when he takes on Psycho Kid (0-0, BFTS).
The Top 4 riders in the world standings – Proctor, Joao Ricardo Vieira, Mauney and Fabiano Vieira – are separated by less than 185 points.
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