THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Cody Nance lowered his right free arm while Brutus jumped, kicked and eventually spun away from his left hand on Friday night.
The 2009 Rookie of the Year was then able to try and fight to the inside of the 4-year-old’s spin to put himself in a better position for an 8-second ride.
The buzzer eventually sounded and Nance jumped off the D&H Cattle Company bovine following his 89.5-point ride with a second-place finish in Round 1 of the WinStar World Casino & Resort Invitational.
“That was fun,” Nance said. “I was pretty intimidated. I knew that bull was pretty rank. I know a lot of these bulls are pretty rank. You have to come to terms with why you are here and what are you going to do with it.”
Nance is the third rider in 20 outs at all levels to conquer Brutus, who was marked 44 points.
It was also Nance’s first qualified ride since using a pair of Brazilian rowels Silvano Alves’ gave him in Barretos, Brazil, last weekend.
Nance has always been one never afraid to try something new and said he decided to keep the rowels when he returned to the United States after going 2-for-4 in Barretos.
“My strongest part of my body is my legs and to use my spurs the way I do, I rely on them a lot, but I know how to ride bulls better than to rely on my equipment. You have to be able to sit in position and ride and ride. Sometimes you can’t get out of position and just hang on. That is what I do with the American rowels because they are so grippy. These Brazilian rowels make me get up there and ride.”
Nance has drawn Rusty for Round 2 on Saturday night, which begins at 9 p.m. ET.
The 14th-ranked bull rider in the world standings isn’t sure if he will keep them for the rest of the season. For now, he likes the results.
“The biggest difference is the American rowels are a little more aggressive,” he said. “They are really dull, neither of them are sharp, but these here don’t have a whole lot of grip at all.”
Tyler Harr didn’t keep his Brazilian rowels after being flipped over his head one-to-many times in Barretos.
Like Nance, he also noticed the difference in grip.
“Ours are dull, but they have some grooves in them that catch hair and are a little wider. They get a better hold and don’t slip around as much. The Brazilian rowels are almost like horse-riding rowels.”
Harr thought he was on his way to a strong ride aboard 2015 PBR Brazil Bucking Bull of the Year Tres Namoradads before losing his positioning.
“I was riding perfect, and I tried to spur him, and as soon as I let loose and put any pressure on my outside foot trying to spur him and he kicked me in the butt and I flipped over his head.”
On Saturday morning, Harr said he was unsure if he would be able to compete in Round 2 against Crazy Horse after sustaining possible cracked ribs in Round 1.
“I am pretty sore,” Harr said. “As long as I have something I will be good on, I will get on.”
HARR SPENDS TWO DAYS WITH JOAO RICARDO VIERIA; MEETS FILIPE MASETTI LEITE
Harr also shared some insight to his trip to Barretos last weekend.
World leader Joao Ricardo Vieira ended up taking Harr on a tour of Barretos and a barbeque at a friend’s house last weekend.
Harr wound up spending two days and two nights with Vieira and his friend.
“It was a humbling experience for me,” the 24-year-old said. “They treated us like family down there and I will never forget that. It seems like jealously isn’t a part of their culture in Brazil. That is something I kind of took away from there.”
Harr also met Filipe Masetti Leite, a Brazilian journalist from Toronto that made a two-year trek on horseback through 12 countries to Brazil.
Leite began his journey in Calgary and made stops in various cities, states and countries such as New Mexico, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“To get to meet and talk to him – we talked to close to an hour and I picked his brain about the stuff he went through,” Harr said. “That was probably one of the greatest parts.”
Follow Justin Felisko on Twitter @jfelisko.
© 2015 PBR Inc. All rights reserved.