It probably felt like deja vu for Ryan Dirteater when he climbed aboard Houla Hoop on Friday night in Sacramento.
Dirteater had won a round in Sacramento in 2014 on the exact same bull, and repeated his success this year, riding the bovine athlete for 87.5 points and the Round 1 win of the Sacramento Invitational.
For the round win, Dirteater earned 100 world standings points on a night that saw 17 qualified rides.
Dirteater was followed in the round by another rider who had previously enjoyed success in Sacramento. Defending event champion Fabiano Vieira continued his resurgence of late, riding Savage Moves for 87.25 points and a second place finish. Vieira earned 60 world standings points for the finish, and rode his fourth bull in his last five outs.
Shane Proctor and Brady Sims tied for third, with 87-point rides. Proctor rode Hair Trigger, and Sims rode Kiss Animalize after riding Through The Crack for 64.75 points and taking a re-ride option. Both riders earned 45 world standings points for the finish in Round 1.
Canadian rider Tanner Byrne wrapped up the Top 5, riding Jeepers Creepers for 86.75 points to finish in fifth and earn 30 world standings points.
Three bulls shared the high-marked bull honors in Round 1, with Super Cool Cat bucking off Marco Eguchi in 2.2 seconds, Strong Heart bucking off L.J. Jenkins in 2.21 seconds and Boot Jack bucking off Cody Nance in 6.58 seconds. All three bovine athletes earned bull scores of 43.75 points in Round 1.
Round 2 action of the Sacramento Invitational kicks off at 6:50 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Professional Bull Riders – Sacramento Invitational
Sacramento, Calif. – Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points) …
1. Ryan Dirteater, 87.5-0-0-87.50-100 Points.
2. Fabiano Vieira, 87.25-0-0-87.25-60 Points.
3. Shane Proctor, 87-0-0-87.00-45 Points.
(tie). Brady Sims, 87-0-0-87.00-45 Points.
5. Tanner Byrne, 86.75-0-0-86.75-30 Points.
6. Reese T. Cates, 86-0-0-86.00
(tie). Ben Jones, 86-0-0-86.00
8. Harve Stewart, 85.5-0-0-85.50
9. Bryan Titman, 85.25-0-0-85.25
10. Kasey Hayes, 85-0-0-85.00
(tie). Jordan Hupp, 85-0-0-85.00
12. Zane Lambert, 84.75-0-0-84.75
13. Chase Outlaw, 84.5-0-0-84.50
14. Valdiron de Oliveira, 84.25-0-0-84.25
15. Matt Triplett, 84-0-0-84.00
(tie). Sean Willingham, 84-0-0-84.00
17. Nathan Schaper, 82.75-0-0-82.75
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00
J. B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
J.W. Harris, 0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0.00
Renato Nunes, 0-0-0-0.00
L.J. Jenkins, 0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0.00
Billy Robinson, 0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0.00
Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0.00
Jason Malone, 0-0-0-0.00
Marco Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0.00
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