PUEBLO, Colo. – Jared Allen Pro Bull Team members Tanner Byrne and Kasey Hayes talked before the Easter break about becoming more consistent now that the halfway point of the 2015 season was upon them.
The duo didn’t wait long to put it together as both riders finished within the Top-5 of the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational this past weekend.
“We both drew bulls that fit us pretty good and we kind of said before the break that it is time for us to get consistent and time for us to roll,” Byrne said. “We are working together on that and are trying to get each other pumped up and live in the moment and win as much as we can.”
The two riders may not have won the event, but it is the first they both have finished inside the Top 5 at the same BFTS event this season.
Here is a by-the-numbers-look from Nampa.
310: Byrne and Hayes combine to earn 310 points
Byrne finished fourth overall and earned a season-high 165 points toward the world standings.
The 22-year-old finished fourth in the event average to earn 105 points by going 2-for-3. His best ride came in the second round when he covered Rusty for 86.75 points to finish second in the round for 60 points.
“He fit my style and today he came out real clean,” Byrne said. “He looked to the left and then went underneath himself around the right and that fits me really good. I just had fun and went to him.”
Byrne was happy with the draw after watching Rusty go against Joao Ricardo Vieira (3.37-second buckoff) on Saturday night.
“He kind of went down the gate with him and brought Joao out and went right,” Byrne said. “I liked the way he bucked after he got out of there clean.”
Byrne had only earned 110 points toward the world standings in the past seven events.
Byrne rode Night Hawk for 81.5 points in Round 1, but didn’t place within the Top 5. He was bucked off in 4.01 seconds by Raven Flyer in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
Hayes couldn’t do much more than his Round 1-winning, 89-point ride on Cowtown Slinger on Saturday night, but he still finished fifth overall despite bucking off Sweet Cream (2.32 seconds) and DaNutso (7.8 seconds) on Sunday.
His 89-point ride not only gave him 100 points toward the world standings, but placed him sixth in the event average for another 45 world points.
“I was more determined to stay on my bull being as I had been riding so horrible,” Hayes said after Round 1. “It just felt good to get one rode.”
Hayes had only earned 47.5 points toward the world standings after opening the season with a 400-point performance in Baltimore.
Hayes is now 21st in the world standings, while Byrne is sitting 19th.
4: Only four riders in the Top 10 of world standings gain points
World leader Joao Ricardo Vieira extended his lead in the world standings on all but two riders in the world with his 290-point performance in Nampa, Idaho.
Only event-winner Guilherme Marchi (590 points), and runner-up Mason Lowe (375 points) earned more points than Vieira in Nampa, while Reese Cates (60 points) and Nathan Schaper (80 points) were the only other riders within the Top 10 of the world standings to add points in either the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational or 15/15 Bucking Battle toward their pursuit of the 2015 world title.
202.5: Cooper Davis chipping away at Kaique Pacheco’s rookie lead
He still has a very long way to go, but Cooper Davis is slowly making tiny gains on Kaique Pacheco in the Rookie of the Year race.
Davis earned 65 points in Nampa, giving him four consecutive events with 50 or more points.
The 21-year-old earned 50 of his points in Nampa by placing third in the first round with an 86.5-point ride on Stuntin Like My Daddy. He finished 1-for-3 and earned an additional 15 points for placing eighth in the event average.
To the contrary, Pacheco (0-for-2) only earned points in one of his last four events – a 110-point showing in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
4: Persistent Percolator up to four straight 45-point or higher bull scores
Jeff Robinson’s Percolator has quietly put together a run of 45-point or higher bull scores.
Starting with RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN, Percolator has posted five straight – four on the BFTS – outings with a bull score of 45 points or higher.
Percolator (45 points) helped propel Mike Lee to the win in the 15/15 Bucking Battle when the 2004 World Champion rode him for 92 points.
The four consecutive BFTS outs with a bull score of 45 points or higher is a career-high for Percolator.
The bovine is averaging a career-best 44.34 points in 11 outs.
If Percolator continues to consistently score in the 45-point range, he may have a chance to put his name in to the World Champion Bull race depending on how leaders Smooth Operator, Mick E Mouse and Long John continue to fare.
3: Mick E Mouse has bucked off all five of his opponents in 3 seconds or less
Mick E Mouse continues to make quick work of his BFTS challengers.
Marlene Henry’s bovine displaced Shane Proctor in 1.6 seconds for his 34th consecutive buckoff on the BFTS this past weekend.
All five of Mick E Mouse’s buckoffs this season have come in less than 3 seconds, as have 23 of his 34 BFTS buckoffs.
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