By: Kristian Limas
August 07, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. – The first half of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season was a five-month stretch filled with everything from surprise surges, comeback victories and continued excellence from the world’s best bull riders.
The 2017 World Championship race is far from clear, but the first half provided an insightful preview of what’s to come in the homestretch to the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
The first half featured dominance from the future stars of the sport, an amazing run from a veteran Brazilian, an unexpected rise and a ride the etched a legend’s name into the history books. Over the next few weeks, PBR.com will countdown the top rides from the first half and look forward to the second half where a World Champion will be crowned.
With 17 days remaining before the return of the BFTS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PBR.com will countdown the Top 17 rides of the first half.
You can witness that next great moment by purchasing tickets for the 2017 World Finals, where the PBR’s best will return to T-Mobile Arena Nov. 1-5.
Shane Proctor: 93.5 points on Pearl Harbor (Tacoma, Washington)
Shane Proctor has always maintained a deep connection to his home state of Washington throughout his bull riding career, even running an annual bull riding school for kids near his hometown of Grand Coulee.
So when Proctor got the chance to take on World Champion Bull contender Pearl Harbor in the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Tacoma Invitational, part of him wanted to put on a good show for his home fans.
He delivered when he rode the usually dominant Pearl Harbor for a career-best 93.5 points, despite the odds being stacked against him.
“I knew the odds were stacked against me because that is the No. 1 ranked bull in the PBR right now,” Proctor said. “He is the best thing going right now. He has proven why he is. A lot of people probably thought I couldn’t ride him, but I knew I could.”
Pearl Harbor had not been ridden on the BFTS to that point since J.B. Mauney did it with his own memorable trip in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, last year. Pearl Harbor had also been utterly dominant all season, and was coming off an out where he had destroyed Matt Triplett on his way to a career-high 47.5-point bull score.
Proctor knew he was in for a battle.
“I have been wanting to draw him for a little while,” he said. “I had debated a couple times about picking him. There was something about him I liked. I don’t know what it was. I knew if he went to the left it would be a dog fight. I thought if he went to the right he would fit my style. Luckily, it did.”
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