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Game Notes: Decatur

By: Jordan Marie Johnson May 29, 2014@ 05:00:00 PM

The J.W. Hart PBR Challenge takes place Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET.

IN THE HART OF TEXAS – This week, the Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division will make a stop in Decatur, Texas, for the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge. Now in its 16th year overall, 11th in Decatur, Hart and his committee members have raised over $700,000 for an array of charities. This includes five homes that were given away last year to wounded veterans, one that was given away during this year’s PBR Dr Pepper Iron Cowboy V and two that they plan to give away this coming Saturday.

PAST J.W. HART PBR CHALLENGE EVENT WINNERS

2013 Jordan Hupp
2012 Mike Lee
2011 Skeeter Kingsolver
2010 Aaron Pass
2009 Scottie Knapp
2008 Rowdy Morgan
2007 Cody Whitney
2006 Kyle Cudmore
2005 Justin McBride

PBR LIVE BROADCAST – The J.W. Hart PBR Challenge will be streamed in real time on PBR LIVE beginning at 9 p.m. ET with Brandon Bates and Justin McBride providing play-by-play coverage and RFD-TV’s Amy Wilson handling behind-the-chutes interviews and updates. Fans can sign up HERE for all PBR summer coverage via PBR LIVE.

THE RIDERS:

‘BOUT TIMEJ.W. Hart has offered a $25,000 winner-take-all 1,000 Miles From Home Challenge between reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney and four-time defending PRCA champion J.W. Harris. While Mauney is scheduled to face 2012 PBR World Champion Bull Asteroid, Harris will take on 2013 PRCA Bull of the Year Shepherd Hills Tested.

MAUNEY MADNESS – Mauney has ridden in the PBR for nine years, making it to the Built Ford Tough World Finals seven times and winning the event average twice. The 2013 PBR World Champion has ridden 55.77 percent of the bulls he has faced throughout his career, including two-time World Champion Bull Bushwacker and both bulls that he and J.W. Harris will face this weekend – Asteroid and Shepherd Hills Tested.

NEW ADDITION – Harris is new on the PBR BFTS scene this year after spending the last 10 years riding in the PRCA. Harris has four PRCA bull riding titles under his belt, qualifying for the National Finals Rodeo seven times in his career and winning the event average twice. Harris’ riding percentage of 55.75 overall was attained while riding in the PRCA.

BREAKDOWN OF J.W. HART PBR CHALLENGE COMPETITORS BY COUNTRY

Australia (6) – Guy Ford, Damian Herden, Ben Jones, David Mason, Mitchel Paton and Lachlan Richardson.

Brazil (2) – Kaique Pacheco and Simoa Da Silva

Mexico (2) – Alexander Cardozo and Pedro Reynaga

United States (42) – Juan Alonzo, Brant Atwood, Reagan Avery, Matt Bohon, Bonner Bolton, Triston Boor, Ty Boor, Derek Brumitt, Briar Burns, Dakota Cator, Kyler Cator, Patrick Chee, Zane Cook, Asa Corbin, Kolt Donaldson, Weberson Duarte, Wrangler Dunda, Shane Eads, Cristiano Figueredo, Pancho Flores, Eric Fox, Lane Granger, Tyler Harr, J.W. Harris, Zac Harris, Landon Hinkle, Lane Hodges, Jordan Hupp, Hernald John, Mitch Kempisty, Lane Lasley, Mike Lee, Guthrie Long, Mason Lowe, Markus Mariluch, Jory Markiss, J.B. Mauney, Ethan McGuire, Austin Meier, Clint Miller, Jake Nelson, and Ryan Reynal.

BREAKDOWN BY STATE – Arizona – Lane Granger & Hernald John; Arkansas – Shane Ead, Tyler Harr & Lane Lasley; Kansas – Triston Boor, Ty Boor, Derek Brumitt & Ethan McGuire; Louisiana – Reagan Avery; Maryland – Mitch Kempisty; Missouri – Mott Bohon & Mason Lowe; Montana – Jory Markiss; Nevada – Markus Mariluch; New Mexico – Patrick Chee; North Carolina – J.B. Mauney; Oklahoma – Brian Burns, Zane Cook, Kolt Donaldson, Austin Meier & Jake Nelson; Texas – Juan Alonzo, Brant Atwood, Bonner Bolton, Dakota Cator, Kyler Cator, Asa Corbin, Weberson Duarte, Wrangler Dunda, Cristiano Figueredo, Pancho Flores, Eric Fox, J.W. Harris, Zac Harris, Landon Hinkle, Lane Hodges, Jordan Hupp, Mike Lee, Guthrie Long, Clint Miller, and Ryan Reynal.

THE BULLS:

ASTEROID – Although this 2012 PBR World Champion Bull has only made three appearances on the Built Ford Tough Series this year, he has successfully bucked off two-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves twice as well as up-and-coming rookie Gage Gay. He also made quick work of Jory Markiss during THE AMERICAN in March. Asteroid has been ridden just three times over his BFTS career, which includes J.B. Mauney, for a buckoff percentage of 93.33 and an average bull score of 45.81.

SHEPHERD HILLS TESTED – Shepherd Hills Tested may have been named PRCA Bull of the Year last season, but he has made a name for himself in the PBR as well. He has appeared on the Built Ford Tough Series nine times this year alone, throwing off all but one of his challengers including 2013 Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira, 2013 World Champion J.B. Mauney and 2010 World Champion Renato Nunes. Veteran Kasey Hayes is the only rider who has successfully covered him during the 2014 season. Bucking off 36 of his 38 opponents over four seasons on the Built Ford Tough Series, Shepherd Hills Tested has an average score of 44.68 on the BFTS with a 94.74 buckoff percentage.

DECATUR CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND – Here is a complete list of bulls for the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge Championship Round.

BULL (BFTS Outs/Ridden)

Jack Daniel’s After Party (59/19)
David’s Dream (38/4)
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey (53/11)
Pound The Alarm (7/2)
Freakster (3/1)
Raven Flyer (11/0)
Crack The Whip (5/2)
Stone Sober (19/2)
Total Bull (5/0)
Shepherd Hills Trapper (61/10)

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