By: Jordan Johnson
May 14, 2016
LAS VEGAS – PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Brazilian veteran Robson Palermo returned from injury to the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), to take Round 1 of the Tailgate Entertainment’s Last Cowboy Standing at Las Vegas Village, part of Las Vegas Helldorado Days, presented by Monster Energy.
Last Cowboy Standing is the third PBR Major of the season, which includes higher points than other regular-season PBR events and an increase in prize money with $100,000 payout, presented by Bad Boy Mowers.
Palermo, who had not turned in a qualified ride since the Sioux Falls 15/15 Bucking Battle, posted an 89-point effort aboard Swashbuckler (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) to earn 125 points towards the world standings.
Jorge Valdiviezo covered Buffalo Jump (Wentz Bucking Bulls) for 88.5 points to pick up a second-place finish and 75 world standings points.
Lachlan Richardson rode his way to third place in the round with an 88-point ride on Superstition (Paige Stout Bucking Bulls) for 60 points towards the world standings, while Gage Gay placed fourth, making the whistle on Whiskey Bent (Wentz Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points and 50 world standings points.
Tyler Harr notched 86.75 points on Just Juan (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Rich Bumbaca) for fifth place and 40 points towards the world standings.
Rounding out the Top 7 were Cooper Davis and Rubens Barbosa. Davis earned sixth place with an 86.25-point ride on Twisted Rooster (Tyler Farris Bucking Bulls) for 20 world standings points, while Barbosa picked up 86 points on Velvet Rain (Nunes Livestock) for 10 points towards the world standings.
The 15 riders who rode in Round 1, and the 10 who will draw back in, will return Saturday night for the final rounds of Last Cowboy Standing competition, starting at 7:50 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 14. All of the action can be seen on CBS Television Network on Sunday, May 15 at 4 p.m. ET.
This afternoon, the American Freestyle Bullfighting (AFB) took place where three heats of three bullfighters took place in the arena. Travis Gidley of Grandview, Texas, won the first heat with a score of 77 points. Tanner Zarnetski scored 83.5 points to win the second heat, while Judd Napier won the third heat with 78 points.
All bullfighters are back tomorrow as AFB continues at 12 p.m. PT where another three heats will take place.
Las Vegas is the 16th stop on the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season kicked off Jan. 9-10 in Rosemont, Illinois, and will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6, taking place at the new T-Mobile Arena. After five days of competition, the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who has earned the most PBR world standings points during the 2016 season, will be crowned and receive the coveted $10,000 World Championship belt buckle and a $1 million bonus.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network – the home of the PBR – and networks around the world. Television ratings for PBR on CBS are up more than 33% this season compared to last year at the same time, according to Nielsen. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.
PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Tailgate Entertainment’s Last Cowboy Standing
Las Vegas Village, Las Vegas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Robson Palermo, 89-89-125 Points.
2. Jorge Valdiviezo, 88.5-88.50-75 Points.
3. Lachlan Richardson, 88-88-60 Points.
4. Gage Gay, 87.5-87.50-50 Points.
5. Tyler Harr, 86.75-86.75-40 Points.
6. Cooper Davis, 86.25-86.25-20 Points.
7. Rubens Barbosa, 86-86-10 Points.
8. Eduardo Aparecido, 83.25-83.25-5 Points.
(tie). Derek Kolbaba, 83-83-5 Points.
(tie). Ryan Dirteater, 83.5-83.50-5 Points.
(tie). Kaique Pacheco, 79.5-79.50-5 Points.
(tie). Jess Lockwood, 84.5-84.50-5 Points.
(tie). Fraser Babbington, 84.5-84.50-5 Points.
(tie). Jay Miller, 85.5-85.50-5 Points.
(tie). Emilio Resende, 84.5-84.50-5 Points.
J.B. Mauney, 0-0
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0
Shane Proctor, 0-0
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0
Tanner Byrne, 0-0
Mike Lee, 0-0
Mason Lowe, 0-0
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0
Nevada Newman, 0-0
Silvano Alves, 0-0
Kasey Hayes, 0-0
Cody Heffernan, 0-0
Aaron Roy, 0-0
Kurt Shephard, 0-0
Cody Nance, 0-0
Stormy Wing, 0-0
Nathan Schaper, 0-0
Luis Blanco, 0-0
Juliano Antonio Da Silva, 0-0
Reese Cates, 0-0
Winston Lopez, 0-0
Douglas Duncan, 0-0
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